Reggae’s some fest at Sumfest

American R ’n B singer-songwriter, arranger, performer and record producer R. Kelly will hit the Reggae Sumfest stage on Friday, 22 July.

A pillar of the neo-soul movement, R. Kelly joins Nicki Minaj, Mavado, Beenie Man, Tanya Stephens and I-Octane on the Festival’s lineup.

Reggae Sumfest takes place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 17-23 July. It will be R. Kelly’s second performance in Jamaica, following up on his debut in 1996 at a concert at Jamworld in St. Catherine. At that time, he was the hottest artiste in R ‘n B, thanks to the multi-platinum success of 12 Play, his 1993 album that announced him as a bona fide superstar. That album contained big hits like Bump N Grind, a cover of the Spinners classic Sadie, and Your Body’s Callin. 12 Play set the pace for a string of anthems that include the inspirational I Believe I Can Fly and If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time.

The Chicago-born singer has never hid his love for Jamaican music. He experimented with reggae on his 2005 album, TP.3 Reloaded, which yielded the club jam, Slow Wind, and Reggae Bump Bump, which he recorded with Elephant Man.

Diversified festival

Since its inception in 1992, the diversified music festival has captivated its audiences by providing a vast array of reggae, dancehall and international performance acts.

This year the event’s directors have incorporated social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to help foster the development of online interaction.

Live streaming

In keeping with the concept of “new”, Reggae Sumfest will broadcast the festival by way of live streaming on the Internet and mobile phones. The transmission, available solely to audiences outside of Jamaica, will allow international fans access to the performances.