Dancehall legend Supercat confirmed for Bay Area Vibez Festival

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super-cat-don-dada.jpgReggae/Dancehall legend Super Cat has been confirmed for the inaugural Bay Area Vibez Festival lineup. Bay Area Vibez Music and Arts Festival will be held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on September 26 and 27 in Oakland, CA.

Internationally known as "Don Dada," the godfather of dancehall, Super Cat was perhaps the first artist to merge reggae and hip hop in the eighties and nineties with hits such as "Si Boops Deh," "Dolly My Baby," "Ghetto Red Hot," and his signature track "Don Dada." With his contemporaries Shabba Ranks, Red Dragon, Chaka Demus and Pliers and others, Super Cat was on the forefront of a style called Ragga, reggae played entirely or mostly using digital instrumentation.

Born William Anthony Maragh in Kingston, JA, Super Cat literally put the word "dance" into the term dancehall. Rapping over infectious beats produced by King Jammy, Winston Riley, Early B and the Killamanjaro sound system and Steely and Clevie, Supercat's lyrics were sexy, edgy and rebellious and fun. Countless Jamaican DJs including Grammy winners Sean Paul and Shaggy have emulated super Cat's style.

Bay Area Vibez' diverse lineup also includes neo-soul singer/songwriter producer Aloe Blacc, known for his international hits "I Need a Dollar," "Wake Me Up" and "The Man."

Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, aka Aloe Blacc, was born to Panamanian parents in Orange, County, CA. Blacc's 2014 release "Lift Your Spirit" received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B album. Blacc's style is reminiscent of classic soul singers such as Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye as well as folk singers such as Bob Dylan. He will perform with Sankofa Sound on Saturday, Sept. 26, along with Bay Area Vibez festival headliners, multiple Grammy winners Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Stephen "Ragga" Marley. Sankofa Sound is a collection of musicians that align themselves with a-list artists, who gather through, a non-profit founded by Harry Belafonte. The foundation works to shape society's culture through their stature and music with a common goal to promote social justice.

Also performing Saturday are a full-bodied genre-bending infusion of EDM, Ska, hip-hop, alternative rock and reggae acts, as Morgan Heritage, The Grouch & Eligh, Tarrus Riley, Fishbone, Cut Chemist, Mod Sun, Queen Omega, I-Live, Skip Marley, Forrest Day, I-Wayne and Black Am-I.

Bay Area Vibez Sunday, Sept. 27 headliners include wildly popular electronic dance music DJ Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, Grammy winning rapper, Nas and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/producer Meshell Ndegeocello, best known for her acclaimed breakthrough album "Plantation Lullabies." Sunday's lineup also includes acts from the Pacific Islands, Belize, Jamaica and the states. Those artists will include, Fiji, Paper Diamond, Z-Trip, Dimond Saints, trending reggae-rock artists, Krooked Treez, Richie Spice, The Courtney John Project and Rick Haze.

The mission of this "urban lifestyle music festival" is to celebrate the diversity of the Bay Area through live music and the arts. Bay Area Vibez embodies the true essence of the San Francisco Bay Area, while supporting regional youth and music programs.