US rapper Common confirmed for Reggae Sumfest

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common.jpgAmerican rapper Common will headline International Night One at the annual Reggae Sumfest show on Friday July 17th.

Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr, is a multi-faceted artiste, actor and poet. According to Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director Summerfest Productions, he will be a welcomed addition to the show.

"We are elated to have a performer of the magnitude of Common on the Reggae Sumfest stage. He is a versatile artiste and undoubtedly he will add something very special that our audience will be able to appreciate. He has a unique and vibrant style that will excite patrons," Gourzong said.

Common arrived on the hip-hop scene in the early 90s as Common Sense, a rapper who offered an alternative to the prevailing gangsta rap of contemporaries like Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Dr Dre. His music was infused with old school beats, jazz- and funk-influenced lyrics that helped kick off an underground hip-hop movement that would gain steam and attract new rappers by the latter part of the decade.

He received is first Grammy award in 2003, for Love of my life with Erykah Badu.

Common and John Legend received the Best Original Song Award for their single Glory at the 87th staging of the annual Oscars Academy Awards. The track is an emotional musical piece about the civil rights movement and is the theme song for the movie Selma.