'Reggae 4 Japan' Benefit Concert - to Raise Money for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts - Boasts Massive Turn Out and Stellar Performances from Top Reggae Acts

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The "Reggae 4 Japan" Benefit concert to raise money for Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts was a huge success in New York on Sunday, June 5, 2011, as leading Reggae artists thrilled a sold-out crowd with stellar performances.

It was truly a historical moment for Reggae music on Sunday, June 5, 2011, as Reggae music's shining stars joined forces to support Japan earthquake and pacific tsunami relief efforts at Mighty Crown's "Reggae 4 Japan." This landmark benefit concert will forever be etched in the minds of the sold-out crowd who poured into York College's auditorium to see their favorite Reggae artists, while supporting a good cause -- Japan. The event's producers Mighty Crown and Irish and Chin, overjoyed by "Reggae 4 Japan's" turn out, managed to don smiles, despite the tragedy at hand. Executive sponsor VP Records was also thrilled by the evening's rewarding chain of events.

Among the audience and artists billed for the event, there was an overwhelming sense of love and unity. "Reggae 4 Japan" was by far one of the most uplifting concerts the Reggae music industry has seen in quite some time. It was entertaining, yet had a heavy message and meaning. More than 18 artists, including surprise guests, delivered groundbreaking performances in an effort to stress the importance of rebuilding and revitalizing Japan. With every artist boasting a stellar set under their belt, the audience was thoroughly entertained. In addition to the artists one the line-up, a number of special guests were in attendance including multi-platinum artist Shaggy, Rayvon, Gyptian and more.

Since the concert, praises for "Reggae 4 Japan" have been coming in steadily from artists, their management, patrons and media. A recent acknowledgement from radio host and broadcaster Carl Moxie of New York's WVIP 93.5 FM says "If I may, let me take the opportunity to personally applaud your efforts by saying that the "Reggae 4 Japan" concert is by far the most organized project that I have ever seen or been a part of, and I must say I have been involved in and have seen quite a few concerts, from all genre of music, background and ethnicity in my time."

Moxie concludes "Thanks for allowing me to be part of this project and may you continue to serve to help uplift others who are in need, because in doing service for humanity -- you also accumulate blessings for self. Again, congratulations!"

Rising Reggae band New Kingston and one of Europe's top Reggae artists Ziggy Ricardo kicked of the concert with strong sets. As Mighty Crown welcomed the capacity crowd to "Reggae 4 Japan" and thanked them for their unyielding support, they moved on to discuss how Reggae music influenced their career and lives. Their opening was an ideal segue way for one of their favorite artists Johnny Osbourne to take over the stage. Following an intense music session by Road International and Japan video tribute from artists lending their support, singing beauty Alaine doused the crowd with her sweet vocals.

The Big Ship Records family was certainly in full force for the occasion. A flavorful set by Chino and Stephen McGregor generated a dancehall vibe in the auditorium. To carry on this momentum was Japan's #1 dancehall act Fireball. Performing for the first time in New York, the Mighty Crown signed Fireball created a huge buzz among the crowd, exposing them to Japanese Reggae Dancehall. The lineup presented an ideal mix of artists. Taking over helm was Duane Stephenson, a gifted Reggae singer and songwriter. Known for conscious lyrics and commended for his ongoing humanitarian efforts, Duane Stephenson passionately crooned his hit selections. Singjay Tanya Stephens also boasted a strong performance, belting out a mix of her dancehall/bluesy selections. Stephens certainly had control of the crowd who sang out with her.

As if the concert couldn't get any hotter, top vocalists Gramps and Peetah Morgan sang their hearts out, affording fans with solo hits and Morgan Heritage favorites. One of Dancehall's best known artists Mr. Vegas drove the crowd wild. During his segment, Mr. Vegas had the whole auditorium on their feet and rocking incessantly. The audience went into overdrive when he hit his anthem "I am Blessed." One of the concert's most amazing feats was that all acts were backed by one band -- Ruff Kut. The band did a phenomenal job backing such a diverse line up.

International Reggae sensation Maxi Priest was as smooth as they come. The super talented singer thrilled the audience with his music. He even performed a song which he dedicated to his second home of Japan. It was clear that the crowd was moved by Maxi Priest's music and commitment to Japan. His involvement in the show was especially important to Reggae music fans, as it was one of his rare U.S. performances.

The captain of the big ship himself Freddie McGregor was a force to be reckoned with by all means. In a way that only Freddie knows how, the silky smooth legend enchanted the audience with a montage of music. Freddie's flawless set left a lasting impression on the crowd, as many are still buzzing about him. Passionate about aiding Japan, Freddie McGregor advised all just how much Japan means to him.

Tarrus Riley is truly a gifted artist. The conscious singer moved the crowd with his performance. The heat turned up when he was joined by his mentor and legendary saxophonist Dean Frazier, who shined in a gripping solo. Reggae's "Fire Man" Capleton lived up to expectations. Robust and full of energy, donned in all red, Capleton electrified the crowd and again had them on their feet. His set got even more explosive when he was joined by two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Shabba Ranks. A surprise to the crowd and fellow artists, Shabba and Capleton had a dynamic lyrical exchange, performing a medley of hits.

The epic concert closed with a performance from none other than Reggae giant and three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, who rocked the audience from start to finish. Nearly every lyric that flowed from Jr. Gong's mouth was repeated by the crowd. His magical stage presence and ensemble performance was amazing to say the least. It was clear that Jr. Gong served as an ultimate finale of "Reggae 4 Japan." He performed an array of hit music, but it was when he dropped "Promise Land" with special guest Nas that the crowd went wild.

For Mighty Crown and Irish and Chin, "Reggae 4 Japan" is just the beginning of their plans to raise money for Japan. They are thrilled that the concert's profits will be given to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort of the American Red Cross -- but know that there is much more work to be done. Without hesitation or any questions, Reggae music stood tall for Mighty Crown and Japan during such a vital time. Japan's Reggae music ambassadors Mighty Crown were extremely moved and appreciative of support from fans and the industry.

For more information about the American Red Cross in Greater New York, please call 212-875-2617 or visit them online at http://www.nyredcross.org.

The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual or political position.

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