Top Reggae/Dancehall Stars Confirmed for Jamboree


New York: Four of the hottest dancehall stars � Capleton, Beenieman, Buju Banton and Baby Cham along with Cocoa T and veteran crooner Gregory Isaacs are among the stars confirmed for Irie Jamboree 2k6, which take place at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday, September 3rd 2006.

"We are very excited about the lineup this year and feel especially happy given the fact the Capleton has not performed at a major event in New York for quite some time. Gregory, a favorite among reggae fans in the tri-state has not performed at an outdoor event in New York for more than a decade" Bobby Clarke of Irie Jamboree said.

Clarke also disclosed that for the very first time, the event will feature launch parties in Jamaica , Miami and New York .

"This is the very first time that a major North American Reggae festival will host launch parties in three cities. This it is an important next step that we must take as the event grows" he said.

At the launch event, Clarke, Steven "Yello" Williams and the executive team plan to disclose details of the festival, including groundbreaking news regarding improvements to the festival, production, venue, other confirmed acts and next steps for Irie Jamboree.

"It is important that we meet first hand with the press and the players in the industry in these three markets to keep them abreast of what is happening with the event and explore opportunities to further grow the event" Williams said.

The Jamaica launch will take place at a trendy hot spot in Kingston . The dates and venues for the Miami and New York launch parties will be announced soon.

The all day family festival will be recorded in HDTV surround sound and will include a food court with an eclectic array of vendors merchandising exotic foods, arts and crafts and other cultural items that reflect the diversity of the Caribbean .

Last year's Irie Jamboree festival, with headliners Jr. Gong Marley, Sizzla and Elephant Man was top notch in every way - from performances and production to the easy access patrons had entering the venue and attracted a record twenty five thousand patrons. This year with an early start a bigger crowd is anticipated.