All set for Mega YUSH
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IT'S all systems go for Saturday's staging of Mega YUSH. The event, which takes place at Sabina Park in Kingston, will feature performances by multi-platinum-selling recording artistes Ashanti and Ja Rule.

According to co-CEO of YUSH Phillip Palmer, all plans are in place to ensure patrons have a great time.

"Plans are well underway and going well. Event set-up is going smoothly, the excitement of our patrons is amazing, the team is energised and we're excited and ready for the event on Saturday," Palmer told the Jamaica Observer.

Palmer gave an insight into what patrons can expect on Saturday night.

"Patrons can expect the YUSH vibe but MEGA with great performances, high-energy DJs and an overall amazing experience," he said.

The event is a fund-raiser for The University of the West Indies scholarship fund.

Coppershot sound system, Richie Feelings, formerly of Stone Love and who was the main DJ for the popular Bembe Thursdays series in the early 2000s, and DJ Kurt Riley (The Party Animal) will provide the musical inferno and party vibes for patrons to enjoy.

"The stage will be raised in every area. And as the name suggests mega. All will be mega. It will be as mega as any international music festival. Production, performances and overall execution," said Palmer.

Having won four Lady of Soul awards, including the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award in 2002, Ashanti has made her mark in music.

Collectively, all her studio albums have exceeded more than 10 million in sales globally, while earning platinum, gold, and multi-platinum singles along the way.

Hits such as Baby, Rock Wit U, What's Love, Foolish, and Rain on Me have earned Ashanti fans around the globe.

An eight-time Billboard Music Award winner, she has won a Grammy, two MOBOs, two American Music Awards, and six American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) music awards.

Earlier this year, Ashanti received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her latest single Falling for You was released on October 28.

In 2014, she collaborated with dancehall veteran Beenie Man on the track First Real Love, a cover of Jamaican singer D Wisdom's 1991 chart-topping single My First Real Love.

Ja Rule has sold more than 20 million albums globally. His Billboard chart-topping hits include Livin it Up, Always on Time featuring Ashanti, Thug Lovin featuring Bobby Brown, and Mesmerize featuring Ashanti.

A multi-platinum and gold-selling artiste, Ja Rule is a four-time Grammy-nominated rapper. He has won numerous accolades for his work, including MTV VMAs, NAACP Image Awards, and BET Awards. He has been nominated for the American Music Award on multiple occasions.

Ashanti and Ja Rule
Phillip Palmer
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