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Reggae Sunsplash Relaunched, Festival Set For Florida and Brazil

Reggae Sunsplash Relaunched, Festival Set For Florida and Brazil

Reggae Sunsplash Relaunched, Festival Set For Florida and Brazil

By Riddim Jamaica on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - Comment

The 2009-2010 Reggae Sunsplash Music Festival will be celebrating its proud legacy with star studded festivals in Florida, and Brazil.

The son of Reggae Sunsplash founder, Tony Johnson and his company, Junction have teamed with BWPresents, Bill Walker, and Morgan Carey, of Digital Riddims Inc. to illuminate the historic brand, most often associated with the timeless performances of pioneers, Bob Marley, Greg Isaacs, Steel Pulse, Stevie Wonder and so many other legendary superstars.

Reggae Sunsplash Music Festival 2009-2010 will feature chart topping mainstream superstars and be a virtual who's who in Reggae Music. Some of the interested artists who have been invited include, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, No Doubt, Sly and Robbie, Burning Spear, Willie Nelson, Beres Hammond, Black Uhuru, and Half Pint.

The show's producers, in the interests of honoring the History of Sunsplash, have brought on The Original Wailers who will be jamming with surprise celebrity guests, and backing up headliners as well. The support of a cluster of key stations throughout Florida has already been secured, and record breaking attendance is anticipated.

The Reggae Sunsplash festival was the brainchild of four Jamaicans, Tony Johnson, Don Green, Ronnie Burke and John Wakeling.

The four founding directors created a company called Synergy Productions which was responsible for promoting and producing the Reggae Sunsplash festival. The first Reggae Sunsplash festival was staged at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay, Jamaica WI in June 1978 and began at dusk and continued until dawn for 7 days.

It was billed as the "biggest Reggae festival in the history of the world". The festival introduced the concept of music and travel as a boost to tourism in Jamaica WI.

Prior to the staging of Reggae Sunsplash, the hotels in Jamaica were traditionally closed during the summer period.

The success of Reggae Sunsplash led to a wave of annual music festivals in Jamaica and the Caribbean islands. In 1984 the Reggae Sunsplash festival was staged at the Crystal Palace football grounds in London, UK.

In 1985 the Reggae Sunsplash World tour was launched in the USA and Japan and subsequent years saw the Reggae Sunsplash festival touring extensively throughout North America, Europe, South America and the Far East.

Two of the founding directors, John Wakeling and Tony Johnson died and with the passing of Tony Johnson a number of individuals have tried to claim the rights to the festival unsuccessfully and all have failed to recapture the spirit of the legendary Reggae Sunsplash. Don Green and Ronnie Burke are the two remaining Reggae Sunsplash founders alive.

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