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"Reggae Sting 99" tour arrives in Okinawa

By: Kenny Ehman

Date Posted: 1999-08-20

Hey all of you rasta men and women out there, it's party time at the Sun Marina Hotel for "Reggae Sting 99." This mega concert will bring to Okinawa some of reggae music's hottest stars from both the past and present.

"Reggae Sting 99" is being billed as a tribute to the "Crown Prince of Reggae," Dennis Brown, who was originally scheduled to take part in this year's event, but passed away on July 1. The reggae superstar is remembered for his classic reggae love songs and a long recording history that spanned almost 30 years.

Joining the tour in honor of Brown is long-time friend Gregory Isaacs - another one of reggae music's most well-known voices. Songs such as "Private Beach Party" have helped Isaac to become an international star, and his reputation as a great performer is known throughout the reggae world.

Headlining Reggae Sting 99 will be Beenie Man, a fantastic recording artist who has made his mark with new reggae fans for his combination of reggae and hip hop. Coming off a recent U.S. tour, Beenie Man will be making his second appearance in Okinawa. This artist first made it big with his 1994 album "Maestro," which included hits "Slam," "Matey," and "Modeling." Younger fans will recognize Beenie Man for his Billboard Chart hit "Who am I" in 1997 and his recent recording of "Pride and Joy," a tune written by Baby Face.

If you are into the Dance Hall Reggae of the 80s, then you'll be in for a treat when singer/Dee Jay Pinchers takes the stage. Also scheduled is the duo of Devonte and Dee Jay - Rapper Tanto Metro, who combine the roots of reggae with elements of rap.

Pam Hall will slow things down on stage with some reggae love songs - a favorite of many reggae fans. Rumor has it that she will perform a cover version of "My Heart Will Go On" from the film "Titanic."

Fans will enjoy more classic reggae with Richie Stephens, a fantastic singer who actually got his start in the music business with Motown. His switch to reggae has been a smooth transition, and fans have embraced this talented vocalist/producer wherever he goes.

With so much variety in styles, "Reggae Sting 99" promises to be a great show. As usual, Sun Marina will hold the concert outdoors, bringing you the sun, surf, and great reggae music wrapped into one. Doors open at 2 p.m.; the concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at Hambi Book Box in Chatan and Okinawa City's Teruya Music on Park Avenue for 6,500. You can also purchase tickets at the door for 7,000.

* Concert organizers would like to remind people that no cooler boxes, alcohol beverages, or cameras will be allowed.

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