Westchester, New York, USA – The annual Westchester Reggaefest 2004 concert will
celebrate its seventh anniversary on June 13, 2004. Produced and hosted by
linkup Media, (parent company of Linkup Radio 93.5FM and Plush TV NY), the event
returns to the Westchester County Center, located at 198 Central Avenue, White
Plains, New York (exit 22 off the Bronx River Parkway).
Billed as “Lovers Rock Meets Dancehall,” the evening will feature some of the
hottest names in Jamaica’s musical heritage from Roots Reggae to Pop to Lovers
Rock to Dancehall including the soulful voice of Beres Hammond who will perform
songs from his thirty-year roster as “Tempted to Touch”; Maxi Priest, Britain’s
best loved artist singing hits from “Some Guys have all the Luck,” et al; and
the Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths. Marking more than forty years, she will
undoubtedly sing her international hit single, “Electric Slide,” and other chart
topping songs. Rounding out the singers will be Richie Spice. Adding to this is
Grammy winner and Dancehall Queen, Lady Saw who exploded in the early 90’s with
her raw rhymes and explicit stage presence. She shared the honors at the 46th
Annual Grammy Awards (2004) for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group” with No
Doubt’s song, “Underneath it All.” Lady Saw has also recorded duets with Lil
Kim, Shaggy, Beenie Man and many more artists. More Dancehall acts such as the
“Fireman,” Capleton, Baby Cham known for his hit single, “Vitamin S,” and the
“poor people’s defender,” Chuck Fenda.
Hosted by David “Squeeze” Annakie of Linkup Media, the evening commemorates more
than four decades of progress and diversity in Reggae’s history.
“This is easily one of the most impressive lineups of talent ever assembled
for an event in Westchester,” boasted Annakie, CEO of Linkup Media. “Westchester
is home to the fastest growing concentration of Jamaicans in the United States,
as such, I am expecting the full support of the community.”
For Annakie and his executive team, the decision to move the event back to
Westchester County Center was to better accommodate patrons and besides the
venue also provides a great deal of parking space. The Westchester County Center
is situated right in the hub of the bustling city of White Plains, which
features some of the top retail stores and a variety of international
restaurants along Mamaroneck Avenue.
The promoters urge concert-goers to purchase their tickets early. Tickets sell
from $71, $66, $56 and $46 are now on sale at Ticket Master Locations throughout
the tri-state area. Tickets can also be purchased at Moodies Record in the
Bronx, VP Records in Queens, Super Power Records in Brooklyn, and G-City Records
in New Jersey.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.