Jamaican musicians conquer local scene


The upcoming Lion Lager Summer Beer Festival slated for October 15 at Glamis Stadium bears testimony to the growing popularity of Jamaican musicians in the country.

The festival will host three Jamaican greats, namely Beres Hammond, Cocoa Tea and the effervescent Fantan Mojah.

Last year, the show organisers brought in the king of dancehall, Beenie Man (real name Anthony Moses), who left lasting impressions with his impressive act.

Hammond and Cocoa Tea have been in the music industry for ages and they have given outstanding performances at international events like Reggae Sumfest and Jam Jam among others.

In fact, they are now household names in the music industry who only perform on special occasions.
But with Mojah, a reggae-cum-dancehall musician, sponsors Delta Beverages have cast their nets wider to cater for all ages.

A number of Jamaican musicians have performed here, but this year’s festival will bring arguably one of the best reggae combination ever to be witnessed on the land.

In the past couple of year musicians like Luciano, Maxi Priest, Sizzla, King Sounds and more recently, Lutan Fyah, staged shows in the country.

The popularity of reggae music in the country, which mainly emanates from Bob Marley’s performance at the first independence celebrations, was reawakened.

Now, with the enlistment of the Jamaican trio at Lion Lager Summer Beer Festival, the genre is bound to attract even more followers.

Hammond has worked with respected artists such as Buju Banton on several tracks and their performances were referred to as the “Double B” acts from the initials of their first names.

Born Hugh Beresford Hammond in 1955 ,Hammond grew up listening to his father’s collection of American soul and jazz music, including Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, which became a driving force to his musical career.

His career is a tale of great achievements and all-time hits. His songs like Tempted to Touch, Is This a Sign and Respect to You Baby will always rock the international music scene.

Cocoa Tea, undoubtedly one of the most celebrated Jamaican artists captivated many through his songs Hurry Up and Come, Ryker’s Island, Won’t You Go Home and Tune In among others.

Cocoa Tea was popular in Jamaica from 1985, but has become successful worldwide only since the 1990s.
He is also the patron of Jam Jam, a reggae music festival in Kingstons, Jamaica, where a number of artists perform every year.

On the ghetto side and, to be specific, on the dancehall fans’ side, Owen Moncrieffe aka Fantan Mojah, born in St Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, is the ideal artist to thrill Zimbabwean youths at Glamis Stadium as the energetic, ever-rising star is currently on top of his game.

Mojah is notable for being one of the new wave of contemporary reggae singers who prefer to include positive themes in their lyrics.

His energy and style can be compared to our own Winky D and ghetto youths must expect a pulsating performance from the Papa Hungry hitmaker.