Buju wanted for Oracabessa Bliss 2019

Friday, July 13, 2018

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The organisers of last Sunday's Oracabessa Bliss Festival held in New York are claiming success with the event which has now become a fixture on the entertainment calendar for lovers of Caribbean music in that market.

Louis E Grant, executive vice-president of the Irie Jam Media Group which stages the event, noted that the showcase went according to the script and, come next year, embattled deejay Buju Banton, who is scheduled to be released from prison in December after serving time on drug charges, is at the top of their wish list for the 2019 staging of the event.

“It was a wonderful and faithful audience joining in our 25th anniversary celebration — in a sea of summery, white outfits, masterful performances by all artistes booked: Flourgon, Lady G, Shelly Thunder, Tanya Stephens, Denise Belfon, Mikey Spice, Terry Linen, Agent Sasco, Coco Tea and the legendary incomparable Yellowman... plus a cameo by Nesbeth.”

“The highlight for me was pretty much everything, quiete honestly. The collective performances and perhaps more so the audience responses to said performances. A great time was had by all in attendance at the lovely new facility the Pennysaver Amphitheatre in Long Island. Certainly one to be remembered for the right reasons,” Grant continued.

If there was one misstep for the organisers it was the delay in the departure of the buses which brought in patrons from the boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

“We were a little delayed in leaving the stations and as a result we had to delay the start of the show to ensure the patrons didn't miss anything. That will be rectified next time around,” said Grant.

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