Countdown begins for Sizzla’s return to New York

Irie Jam 23rd anniversary concert flyerAfter 8 years absence, reggae star Sizzla returns to New York for Irie Jam Media’s 23rd anniversary celebration.

The milestone event on Labor Day Sunday, September 4 at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, New York will bring together –  reggae dancehall artists, Mr. Vegas, Richie Spice, Anthony B, Elephant Man, I-Wayne, Bugle, Jamiel and Sizzla as headliner – to what observers say is the last major summer reggae concert for summer in New York.

Sizzla’s performance on Sunday comes 8 years after he and many other reggae dancehall artists’ visas were revoked from entering the Unites States for gay bashing lyrics in their music.

Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie Jam Media
Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie Jam Media

According to Irie Jam officials, there has been an “exciting buzz” from overjoyed Sizzla fans in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) after U.S. immigration authorities announced permission f or him to perform in the United States again.

“It has been a long, long wait for music fans that have waited patiently to see Sizzla perform live again here” said Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie jam in a statement referring to his last performance in 2008 when the annual celebration was called Irie Jamboree.

“Since that performance, we have received numerous calls from fans wanting to see him in NY again. We have listened to the people’s cry and we are excited to include him on our Labor Day weekend anniversary presentation,” Mr. Clarke added.

Word on the streets is that many of New York’s reggae massive are anxiously anticipating the show to check out not only if Sizzla as headliner could draw a record crowd but most importantly if he has toned down on gay bashing or what they refer to as “batty boy” lyrics

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Dennis is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Licensed radio engineer and print reporter,. He is currently a co-host, producer & reporter for AfrobeatRadio on Pacifica Network Station WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York City. Former reporter/producer for now defunct WBAI News Dept. And news director of African New Dawn Radio heard over WRSU, 88.7 FM at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He formerly served as international news editor, News at 10 at Rutgers University's WRSU, 88.7 FM Former record review contributor and office manager of Accent/LA Publications in Los Angeles and a co-founder of Kronick Magazine also in Los Angeles.

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  1. Several of his shows have been cancelled in the face of protest – in SF, Petaluma, Seattle and Minnesota. Pressure is being applied in Portland, Oakland, and Santa Cruz. I’m really curious as to what the LGBTQ of NY will have to say about this.

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