THE SOUNDS OF REGGAE CONCERT AT Barclays Center moves to Wednesday, December 12

Aug 9, 2012

BROOKLYN (August 9, 2012) –The Sounds of Reggae concert at Barclays Center has moved to Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning reggae singer and rapper Shaggy and Beres Hammond have announced that they will join the lineup of reggae acts, including internationally recognized band UB40 and British reggae superstar Maxi Priest. The show will celebrate Jamaica’s 50 years of independence.

Tickets for the concert are currently on sale and available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Emerging in the early ’90s, Shaggy was the biggest crossover success in dancehall reggae. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he joined his mother in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn at age 18. Shaggy’s breakthrough album in the U.S. was Grammy Award winner Boombastic. The title track sold over a million copies and reached number three on the pop charts and number one on the R&B charts. Shaggy followed his breakout success with the 1996 hit duet “That Girl,” with Maxi Priest. His album Hot Shot featuring the song “It Wasn’t Me” hit number one in 2001 across the world, including the U.S. Its follow-up, “Angel,” also went straight to number one in the U.S. and U.K. Hot Shot spent six weeks at number one on the album charts and eventually sold over six million copies in the U.S. alone — an almost unheard-of figure for a reggae release.

The band UB40 was founded in 1978 in Bingham, England and features lead singer Ali Campbell and band members Brian Travers, Robin Campbell, James Brown, Norman Hassan, Earl Falconer, and Duncan Campbell. UB40’s sound is influenced by a passion for reggae, ska and early lovers rock music. The group became a commercial success on the US and UK Billboard Hot 100 charts with several hits including “Red Red Wine,” “Can’t help Falling in Love,” and “I Got You Babe.” To date, UB40 has sold over 70 million records.

Maxi Priest is a Grammy Award nominee and one of only two British reggae acts to have an American Billboard #1 song, the 1990 hit “Close to You.” His 1996 duet, “That Girl,” with Grammy Award winner Shaggy, peaked at #20 in the United States. Priest has also worked alongside reggae legends Sly & Robbie, Beres Hammond, and most notably Grammy Award winner Shabba Ranks, for the hit single, “House Call (Body Can’t Lie to Me).” Priest is best known for his Reggae Fusion style, which he applied to various tracks including the single “Set the Night to Music” with the legendary Roberta Flack.

Beres Hammond, born in St. Mary, Jamaica, is a reggae singer, best known for his romantic lyrics and soulful voice. Hammond broke into the international market with his single “What One Dance Can Do.” He left Jamaica for New York in 1987, where he recorded the Have a Nice Weekend album and the duet single “How Can We Ease the Pain” with Maxi Priest. He later returned to Jamaica and released the dancehall hit “Tempted to Touch.” His first album of the new millennium was 2001′s Music Is Life, which featured an appearance by Wyclef Jean. The 2004 release Love Has No Boundaries, had guest spots by Buju Bantonn and Big Youth.

The Sounds of Reggae is produced by Jammins Entertainment, a forerunner in marketing and managing of Reggae music. For additional concert information, please visit jammins.com or call 718-282-8041.