Jesse Royal, mentored by the late Fatis Burrell, took his singing talents from church to the recording studio after befriending Ziggy Marley’s son Daniel; his hit “Always Be Around” anointed him as one of Jamaica’s rising stars, and his latest LP, Lily of Da Valley, hit #1 on US Reggae charts. Rapper/singer/producer
Kabaka Pyramid returns to SummerStage after a sold out 5-week European tour. Kabaka Pyramid is seen as a leader in reggae revival, whose debut album Kontraband, executively produced by Damian Marley, blends hip-hop’s lyricism with Dancehall’s energy and reggae’s soul. The Federation Sound’s Max Glazer, a Brooklyn Dancehall mainstay who once served as Rihanna’s touring DJ, will man the turntables.