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Jamaican acts for Cali festival

Friday, May 19, 2017

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The annual music festival Reggae on the River has announced the final line-up for its 2017 edition set for August 3 to 6 at French's Camp in Humboldt County, California, in the United States.Jamaican acts feature heavily in the four-day event. Headliners include the rhythm twins Sly & Robbie, whose set will include Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt and Cherine Anderson, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Junior Kelly and Kabaka Pyramid.

The Jamaica contingent also includes Lutan Fyah and his Riddem Rebels band, Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill, rocksteady legend Ken Boothe, Warrior King and his band Rootz Warriors. Marla Brown, the UK-based daughter of the Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown has also made the cut as well as Keida and Walshy Fire — one third of the Major Lazer trio.

Reggae on the River has become a calendar event and this year marks the 33rd staging of the festival.

Last year the event was cast into the spotlight as it marked the first event that reggae singer Sizzla was performing in the United States after many years of not performing in that market as he did not have a US visa and work permit.

Sizzla is said to have made an impact on the event when he performed last year. Festival organisers described his set as “nothing short of electric”.

“He put on a very high-energy set and he was clearly excited to be there. The venue was electric with fan excitement, too. Many are calling it the best Reggae on the River ever, and I certainly felt it was our best production in the four years. We've been back at our original French's Camp venue,” a spokesman told the Jamaica Observer.

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