Summerfest Productions, organiser of Reggae Sumfest has introduced international hip-hop mogul Flo Rida to the line-up for International Night 1 on Friday, July 26, at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.
Johnny Gourzong, executive director of Summerfest Productions, mentioned he is impressed by Flo Rida’s catalogue of hits.
“Flo Rida is a great complement to this year’s show, he has done very well over the past few years with a lot of internationally recognised hits. We are really glad to have him on the show, he will be bringing the full experience to the festival, full band, dancers and everything, so it’s a big, full show on International Night 1,” said Gourzong.
Nominated for six Billboard Awards in 2013; and with hits such as “Whistle,” and “I Cry” from his fourth studio album Wild Ones, Flo Rida is expected to attract droves of patrons to the Second City for the 21st staging of the festival.
Wild Ones (originally titled Only One Rida (Part 2)), was released in July 2012, with four singles from the album debuting on the Billboard top 10. The track Whistle, held the No. 1 spot in 20 countries, including the United States.
Good Feeling peaked at No. 3 in the US, and topped the charts in Austria, Germany, Scotland and the United Kingdom, while making the top five in nine other countries.
Other hits from the album receiving much rave across the world are Right Round featuring Kesha, Elevator featuring Timberland and In the Ayre featuring Will. I. Am.
While quite an extensive traveller, this will be Flo Rida’s first performance on the island.
“Over the last few years, I’ve been everywhere – Africa, Japan, Greece, South America, Russia, the Middle East, Australia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia; but never to Jamaica. I am excited,” said the hip-hop sensation.
The chart-topper will share the stage with Jamaican reggae legends Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Tarrus Riley and others on the festival’s International Night 1.
This star-studded line-up this year, will show off the young and dynamic hitmakers emerging lately, including Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Miguel, reggae artistes; Damian Marley & The Ghetto Youths International Crew, Romain Virgo, Chronixx, Nature, and dynamic performers No-Maddz.
Dancehall beginners Baby Tash and Blade are preparing to wow Reggae Sumfest audiences alongside young stars like; Tommy Lee, Popcaan, Aidonia, QQ, RDX and not to mention headliners Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, I-Octane, and more.
Reggae Sumfest kicks off with a beach party on Sunday, July 21, and continues with Dancehall Night and International Nights 1 and 2 from July 25 to 27.
The 2013 staging of Reggae Sumfest is sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi, Courts, Grand Palladium, Half Moon, Holiday Inn and Round Hill Hotel.
Tickets for show nights are now available online via Reggae Sumfest website at reggaesumfest.com.