Summerfest Productions, organisers of the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth” – Reggae Sumfest has announced the addition of international hip-hop mogul Flo Rida to the line up for International Night 1 on Friday, July 26 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.
Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director of Summerfest Productions, expressed that he is impressed by Flo Rida’s catalog of hits. “Flo Rida is a great complement to this year’s show, he has done very well over the past few years with a lot on internationally recognised hits. We are really glad to have him on the show, he will be bringing the full experience to the festival, full band, dancers and everything, so it’s a big full show on International Night 1.”
Nominated for six Billboard Awards in 2013; and with hits such as Whistle and I Cry from his fourth studio album Wild Ones, Flo Rida is expected to attract droves of patrons to the second city for the 21st staging of the Festival.
Wild Ones (originally titled Only One Rida (Part 2) was released in July 2012 and has debuted four singles from the album on the Billboard top 10 with the track Whistle holding the #1 spot in 20 countries, including the United States. Good Feeling peaked at #3 in the US and topped the charts in Austria, Germany, Scotland and the UK while making the top five in nine other countries. Other hits from the album receiving much rave across the world are Right Round ft. Kesha, Elevator ft. Timberland and In the Ayre ft. Will. I. Am.
Quite an extensive traveller, Flo Rida states this will be his first ever performance in the island. “Over the last few years, I’ve been everywhere — Africa, Japan, Greece, South America, Russia, the Middle East, Australia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia; but never to Jamaica. I am excited,” says the hip-hop sensation. The chart topper will share the stage with Jamaican reggae legends Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Tarrus Riley and others on the Festival’s International Night 1.
The star studded line-up this year, will showcase the young and dynamic hit makers emerging today, including Grammy Award winning R&B singer Miguel, reggae artistes; Damian " Jr. Gong " Marley & The Ghetto Youths International Crew, Romain Virgo, Chronixx, Nature, and dynamic performers No-Maddz. Dancehall newcomers Baby Tash and Blade are preparing to wow Sumfest audiences alongside young stars like; Tommy Lee, Popcaan, Aidonia, QQ, RDX and not to mention headliners Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, I-Octane and more.
Reggae Sumfest kicks off with the Beach party on Sunday, July 21 and continues with Dancehall Night and International Nights 1 and 2 from July 25 to 27. The 2013 staging of Reggae Sumfest is sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi and Courts, Grand Palladium, Half Moon, Holiday Inn and Round Hill Hotel.