The organisers of Reggae Sumfest are not worried about Wednesday's arrest of hip-hop star Rick Ross, who is one of the headliners on this year's festival. Sumfest Chairman Johnny Gourzong said that he has been assured that the American artiste will definitely honour his July 17 commitment in Jamaica.
He was speaking following the launch of Reggae Sumfest, which is scheduled for July 12-18 in Montego Bay.
Meanwhile, history will be created this year as for the first time on a major reggae festival a female artiste is set to close the show. Perennial favourite Lady Saw will close the dancehall night of the festival on Thursday, July 16.
Gourzong further explained that this was a no-brainer.
"Lady Saw has been with us since year one. It was we who crowned her Queen of the Dancehall and over the years she has become a staple on dancehall night. She is more than capable of bringing the curtains down on the event and, therefore, we said why not. Furthermore, we realised we would be creating history as no major event... no Sting, no Sunsplash, none has ever used a female act to close the show. So we are looking forward to something really great."
Gourzong and his team have also drawn on the King of the Dancehall -- Beenie Man -- to close Saturday night and, by extension, the entire festival. However of the biggest surprise is the exclusion of iconic dancehall star Bounty Killer from this year's line-up. The poor people governor how has been very vocal in recent time took to Instagram to share his thoughts on his omission.
"Well Sumfest said the hit man nuh have nuh hot song so i'm not on it this year anyways mi have mi own festival St. Kitts come tomorrow night it's gonna be a blitz like the ritz"
Meanwhile, the organisers of the event unveiled the full line-up for the three days of concerts. Among the acts billed for dancehall night are Spice, I-Octane, Popcaan, Aidonia, Capleton, Tommy Lee Sparta, Demarco, Dexta Daps, Ishawna, Bugle and Gully Bop.
Friday night's roster includes rapper Common, Rick Ross, Cocoa Tea, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Keznamdi and Raging Fyah.
The closing night has been dubbed Summer Blockbuster by the event's planners due to the fact that a number of the acts have appeared in films and on television. The night's leading lady is Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. The 'supporting cast' includes rapper Yazz from the hit TV show Empire and Christopher Martin, who made his film debut in Jeremy Whittaker's Destiny.