MOBO award-winning Jamaican reggae artist Mr. Vegas is set to perform at the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal tonight.
The concert, organised by Youngblood Productions, will also include Guyanese reggae artist Natural Black and his band, Mr. Lex, as well as local artists Big J and Notch, backed by the Local Motion 345 band. Music on the night will be provided by Super C, Operator TNT and Coalition Sound.
‘We are really excited to be bringing in Mr. Vegas,’ said Notch. ‘The Hot Wuk is the latest dance sensation in the Caribbean, which is why Mr. Vegas is headlining this event. He is the most popular Caribbean artist in the reggae and dancehall genre by far.’
Mr. Vegas first shot to fame in 1997 with hit songs Nike Air and Heads High, which reached number one in Jamaica and the British top ten. Since then, the dancehall star has gone on to build an international fan base with hit singles including Pull Up, Tamale, Hot Gal Today and Traffic Blocking.
Born Clifford Smith in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Vegas’ debut album, Heads High, earned the artist a British MOBO Award as Best Reggae Artist, while gaining him an international fan base.
His latest album, Constant Spring includes his hit song More Love.
Guyanese reggae artist Natural Black was born Mortimer Softley. The dancehall artist relocated to Kingston, Jamaica in early 1995 where he started work immediately for Beres Hammond’s Harmony House label, Freddie McGregor’s Big Ship organisation and Jack Scorpio’s Black Scorpio set up. Natural Black quickly made his mark, not only as a singer and a DJ but as a talented songwriter.
His latest long playing release Far From Reality has ensured a growing legion of loyal fans.
Youngblood Productions holds a concert each year. Last year the production company bought in reggae artists Tanya Stephens and Half Pint. The company was established in June 1992 and over the past decade has brought in numerous overseas acts, including Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Third World and reggae sensation Maxi Priest.
‘I expect this to be a huge event,’ Notch added. ‘The venue is excellent; it’s picturesque on the water’s edge and there is a great VIP balcony area. It just lends itself to a nice atmosphere. It’s going to be great.’
Tickets are $20 pre-sold, $25 at the gate. Tickets are available from Quik Cash, Reflections, Funky Tangs, J&M Electronics and Singh’s Roti Shop.