Reggae Sumfest 2018

Mighty Crown Adds Barrington Levy and Surprise Artists to Sold-out Show in Japan

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.jpgBarrington Levy, surprise artistes for Mighty Crown's sold-out Japan show

Jamaican Reggae superstar Barrington Levy, will join top Reggae foundation artists and leading Japanese Reggae acts when he performs on Mighty Crown’s sol-out stadium show in Japan on Saturday, September 5.
For Levy, who has not performed in Japan for more than 20 years, this marks a milestone in a career that has experienced many highs. Over 40,000 Japanese
Reggae fans are slated to attend Mighty Crown’s epic stadium show, Yokohama Reggae SAI, an annual concert to celebrate their anniversary.

Mighty Crown is celebrating 18 years in the business, although this is the 15th edition of the event.
Since the event's inception, Barrington Levy is the first Reggae artist to be advertised for the show in advance. In the past, all Jamaican Reggae artists were billed as surprise guests. Despite their willingness to announce Levy's performance, the team will not reveal the key foundation artists who will be accompanying "The Mellow Canary" at this huge concert.
According to Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin, Mighty Crown's Manager, "Mighty Crown's stadium show is known for having big surprise Reggae artists," says. "We wanted to partially honour that tradition........I will say that this surprise icon has one of the biggest Reggae songs of all times in Japan.
Although he has not visited the Far East in two decades, Barrington Levy is heralded among older Japanese fans for his slew of hits. He was handpicked to headline the Yokohama Reggae SAI festival by Mighty Crown themselves and Chin because of his larger-than-life status in Reggae music. Earning the title, “Mellow Canary of Reggae,” Barrington Levy boasts one of Reggae music’s most recognizable voices and with over three decades of chart-toppers, Barrington Levy could technically perform for days. Among his hits are “Under Mi Sensi,” “Prison Oval Rock,” “Murderer,” “Here I Come” (Broader than Broadway), “Jeep,” “Too Experienced,” “Living Dangerously,” and others drop, audiences erupt in excitement.

He was ideal for this year’s occasion, particularly as Mighty Crown has implemented a “Back to the Hardcore” campaign for their upcoming events.
“There is a new generation of Reggae fans in Japan who know mainly about dancing songs,” says Sami Tse, co-founding member of Mighty Crown. “We want to fully expose young Japanese people to Jamaica and its musical roots……..clearly, Barrington Levy is a legend and it’s our duty to have the younger generation respect his music.”
Mighty Crown’s annual Yokohama SAI has evolved into Japan’s largest Reggae concert. The event has featured surprise appearances by what reads like a who’s who of Jamaican Reggae artists including Beenie Man, TOK, Voicemail, Tony Matterhorn, Wayne Wonder, Daville and numerous others. All of the Reggae acts booked for the annual fete have delivered dynamic sets, but Beenie Man’s fiery performance still has Japanese fans chatting. Proudly, at any given time during the year, Mighty Crown and Irish and Chin are approached by artists and their managers to take part in the epic affair.
Yokohama Reggae Festival SAI was jump started in 1995 by Mighty Crown as a vehicle of celebrating their anniversary. Each year, the festival grows in visibility and popularity. Mighty Crown inked a new Nike sneaker deal to mark the event’s 15th installment. The new sneaker, the ‘Dynasty High’ hits stores in September.

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