Reggae, Mainstream Acts To Play Sumfests
Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural U.S. version of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, as well as the 11th annual Sumfest in Jamaica. The U.S. evenSean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, and Lady Saw will appear at the inaugural U.S. version of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, as well as the 11th annual Sumfest in Jamaica. The U.S. event will take place May 25 in Miami's Bicentennial Park; the Jamaican fest is slated for July 20-26 in Montego Bay.
A short Caribbean tour earlier this year and the Miami version mark the first efforts to bring the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest to an international audience. Like the Jamaican shows have done since 1996, the Miami edition will mix mainstream acts with reggae artists, and has a bill that's rounded out by Lil' Kim, Fat Joe, Wyclef Jean, and Meeky. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
This year's Jamaica event will also feature Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Morgan Heritage, and Third World, among others. More information can be found at reggaesumfest.com.
Paul is riding the wave of a No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Get Busy," which last week ousted 50 Cent's long-running chart topper "In Da Club" from the summit. He and Wonder are due to appear Saturday (May 10) on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," which will be hosted by actor Adrien Brody ("The Pianist").
Along with his own summer touring plans, Paul is also slated to join 50 Cent, Jay-Z, and a host of hip-hop notables, for several dates on the Roc the Mic tour.