The legends of reggae and calypso are coming to the JAMBANA One World festival this year.
The family-friendly festival has been expanded to two days with an all-star lineup of entertainers highlighting the “One World” concept. On day one of the event, Slinger Francisco, better known as the Mighty Sparrow, will be honoured for his contributions to music and Caribbean culture. Known as the “Calypso King of the World”, the Mighty Sparrow is one of the most famous and successful Calypsonians. He has won Trinidad’s Carnival Road March competition eight times, been crowned Calypso King/Monarch eight times and has won the Calypso King of Kings title twice.
“Jones & Jones is delighted to join with colleagues and friends around the world to pay tribute to the King at JAMBANA this year,” said Allan Jones, Director of Marketing and Sales at Jones & Jones Productions Ltd.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary for reggae Queen, Marcia Griffiths, who first stepped on stage in Kingston, Jamaica, backed by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires in 1964. She has maintained a steady presence in the industry, initially as a solo artist, followed by a stint as one of Bob Marley’s I Threes. During her career, she has been featured on combination tracks with Bob Andy, the duo Bob and Marcia, Sanchez, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Busy Signal, Freddy McGregor and three-time JUNO winner, Exco Levi.
Griffith’s classic single, “Electric Boogie”, written by Bunnie Wailer, reached #51 on the U.S. hot 100 and remains her most successful single. It is the highest-selling single of all time by a female reggae artist.
“Both Sparrow and Marcia will perform at JAMBANA,” said the event’s producer, Denise Jones.
The event will feature several highly anticipated performances by top artistes, including Jamaican reggae star, Cocoa Tea; Ghanaian, Blakk Rasta, Exco Levi, Steele, Jully Black, Chinese reggae band, Long Shen Do, who fuse reggae vibes with traditional Chinese music; Diasporic poetry and stories from United Kingdom based Miss P., and much more.
The creators of the JAMBANA One World festival believe that reggae is a genre of music that brings all types of cultures together, promoting peace and harmony.
“Long time no see”, is a recurring statement as family and friends come to enjoy international foods, entertainment and reunions. The event will also feature a JAMBANA Idol talent search competition, an anti-bullying presentation and villages that offer information and fun for all ages. Each village has its own theme, including VIP, Children, Travel and Trade, Health and Education, Food Arts and Crafts, and the Lick a Six Domino Village, which will feature a knock out tournament.
The JAMBANA One World Festival will take place on Sunday, August 3 and Monday, August 4 at Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan Rd. at Elgin Mills, Markham.
Interested parties can stay overnight in Markham at the Courtyard by Mariott Toronto Markham hotel on a “Staycation”, which makes it easier to enjoy both days of the event. Call toll free at 1-866-449-7396 before Sunday, July 13 to get a special reduced rate. Use the code JBA to get the special rate.
Advance tickets are $10; tickets at the gate are $15 and free for children under 7. Tickets to the VIP Village are $35 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under and include a meal, a drink, swag bag and seating close to the stage.
Tickets are available from numerous outlets across the GTA and ticketgateway.com.
For more information, see ad on page 9, visit www.jambana.com or call 905-452-1911.