PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has put together a reggae line-up that it says will “groove and move you in all the right ways” for Carnival 2018. SCDF announced on Friday the line-up for the One Love Reggae Concert in collaboration with CC1 St. Maarten and Presidente Beer.
This will be the third consecutive year that SCDF has taken it upon itself to host the popular reggae concert for Carnival. The line-up will feature love reggae crooners Sanchez, Etana and Christopher Martin, complemented by dancehall stars Aidonia and Ishawna.
“We wanted to give lovers of the genre beautiful reggae music to groove to and hot dancehall artistes to jam to. Sanchez, Etana and Christopher Martin will bring the love vibe for One Love while Aidonia and Ishawna will turn the heat up with dancehall. We are very excited about this concert,” SCDF President Alston Lourens said on Sunday.
Tickets for the One Love Reggae Concert will go on sale next week and will be US $30 in advance and $40 the week before the show on April 20. Lourens said CC1 will also be doing some giveaways and raffles of tickets. He thanked the company for coming on board with SCDF again to make One Love a reality.
Kevin Anthony Jackson, born November 30,1964, better known by his stage name Sanchez, is a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and record producer. After starting his career in 1987, Sanchez has produced a number of hit singles, including “One In A Million,” “Fall In Love,” “Missing You,” “I Care For You” and “Never Dis Di Man.”
Shauna McKenzie, born May 22, 1984, known as Etana, is a reggae singer from Jamaica. Her debut album “The Strong One” was released in June 2008. Her fourth album, the Clive Hunt-produced “I Rise,” was released in October 2014, entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number 7, and topped the chart in its second week of release. It remained at the number one spot for four weeks. Etana is first female to top the reggae billboard chart in more than 15 years
Dancehall artiste Etana
Reggae superstar Sanchez
Christopher Oteng Martin, born February 14, 1987, is a reggae or dancehall singer/songwriter from St. Catherine, Jamaica. Chris won Digicel Rising Stars, the Jamaican version of “American Idol,” in 2005 and is best known for the songs “Take My Wings,” “Giving It” and “I’ll Be Your Driver.” he signed to VP Records in 2013. He toured Zimbabwe and performed live on stage alongside D’Major and several Zimbabwean singers, including Winky D, in April 2016. This show took place at Glamis Arena in Harare and was a success.
Aidonia, born Sheldon Lawrence on April 6, 1981, is a Jamaican musician and head of the musical partnership Jag One Productions (JOP), which has a contract under The Alliance (dancehall). He became active in early 2004 and has released albums on the record labels VP Records and JOP. Aidonia has also released in the mixtape “Bolt Action” in collaboration with Federation Sound, Equiknoxx Music/Gerusalem Music and Business Class. The mixtape utilises classic hip-hop instrumentals with Aidonia’s lyrical melodies overlaying and features artistes Chino, Lil Joe and JOP label-mate Deablo.
Ishawna is a rising dancehall artiste who is not afraid to speak her mind through her music. She re-appropriated dancehall from Ed Sheeran with her excellent new single “Equal Rights,” which remixes “Shape Of You.” The controversy sparked by the track’s feminist message offers a crucial insight into the dancehall community and its relationship with gender. “Equal Rights” is explicitly and unapologetically about sex. The song’s overarching message is “You give and you shall receive” when it comes to time in the bedroom.