PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is hosting five international level concerts for Carnival 2019. Of the five, the foundation admits that the One Love Reggae Concert
holds a special place in the hearts of foundation members and this year the one-two punch of legendary Reggae star Beres Hammond and Dancehall superstar Popcaan is expected to once again thrill concert goers.
The One Love Reggae Concert, a DeWar’s production, will be held on Saturday, May 4 at Carnival Village with the two major headliners supported by local reggae bands and entertainers. “Beres and Popcaan are two big artists perfect for the 50 th anniversary of Carnival. Beres is
legendary and Popcaan is blowing up right now. Different generations, different flavors. It should make for a very impressive night,” President of the SCDF Alston Lourens said.
Advanced tickets for the One Love Reggae concert is US $35, with a higher price at the gate. Lourens said the Foundation is putting together a great lineup of local acts and, possibly another surprise, to compliment Beres and Popcaan and this will be released at a later date.
Don’t be deceived by Beres Hammond’s cool profile. The playful smile, the unassuming demeanor, the beard and the cap and the spectacles might lull you into forgetting that you’re in the presence of an awesome musical talent, Jamaica’s greatest practicing singer/songwriter. Beres remains cool, though he knows that he’s one of a handful of people responsible for
maintaining a mighty legacy of soulful reggae music—a select group of artists like Toots and Gregory, like Dennis and Bob. “Father bless me with a song,” he pleads on the last cut of his latest album, Music Is Life, “to make the whole world sing along. Regardless of the race, regardless of the taste.” Beres’s sophisticated musical taste is well suited to translate easily across cultural divides, yet the international reggae massive has remained his most loyal fan base.
Popcaan is a Jamaican dancehall artist, singer and songwriter from the parish of St. Thomas. In 2008, he joined Vybz Kartel’s Gaza Music Empire. In 2010, he released his breakthrough international hit “Clarks” with Kartel, an ode to the popular shoe brand. In 2014, Popcaan signed with Mixpak Records and released his debut studio album, Where We Come From. Popcaans international singles include “Only Man She Want” (2011), “Everything Nice” (2014), “Ova Dweet” (2016), “El Chapo” (2017), and “Family” (2017). Popcaan has collaborated with a number of international artists, most notably Drake, Jamie xx, Pusha T, Giggs, Matoma, Wale and Gorillaz. His second album for Mixpak Records, entitled Forever, was released on 20 July 2018.