Tessanne Chin among six new Jamaican acts for Barbados Reggae Festival

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday February 28, 2014 – Powerhouse vocalist Tessanne Chin, who outclassed the opposition to win season five of NBC’s singing contest The Voice in December, heads the list of six first-time Jamaican acts slated to perform at the 10th Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival.

Chin, who recently inked a deal with one of the world’s largest talent agencies ICM Partners, will light up the stage at the festival’s eagerly anticipated Reggae On The Hill event on Sunday April 27, when the reggae-fusion artiste will deliver her first major performance in the Caribbean outside of her native Jamaica since winning The Voice.

She will perform at the event that represents the festival’s grand finale alongside her countryman and Barbados’ favourite “uncle” Beres Hammond, who returns to the festival after a five-year break. They will be joined by fellow Jamaican Chronixx, who will be making his festival debut.

The Jamaican posse will ride high on Friday April 25 when Sanchez, Frankie Paul and Admiral Bailey share the stage with Fab 5 and John Holt for Vintage Reggae Show And Dance at Kensington Oval.

Perennial dancehall favourite Lady Saw, along with Stone Love, will make their debut appearances at the Reggae Beach Party together with repeat act Idonia on Monday April 21 at Brandons beach.

Delivering his feature address, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy said he was more than pleased with promoter FAS’ efforts over the years, and thanked FAS for persevering with the events even in the face of economic and other adversity.

Al Gilkes of FAS Entertainment said they were pleased to be celebrating their 10th year of staging the event. Admitting it was not an easy task, Gilkes said the festival was glad for the support of its sponsors through the years, singling out title sponsors Digicel for their continued support. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)