Recap by Empress K @ Reggae Reflection
Photos by Empress K @ Reggae Reflection unless otherwise noted below
On Sunday June 5, 2011, the York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY came alive as reggae supporters & industry professionals from near and far arrived to support Mighty Crown’s Reggae 4 Japan Benefit Concert. Featuring a line up of Reggae’s leading performers, the sold out benefit proved to be a big success. As promoted, all artists were present including a number of surprise guest performers and audience members to provide their support to aid the humanitarian relief efforts for the victims of Japan’s recent Earthquake and Tsunami.
ReggaeReflection was on hand to capture the essence of the event. Many artists spoke of this cause as near and dear to their heart since they have always received great love and support from the Japanese Reggae Community. Reggae Reflection had a chance to catch up and have interviews with new recording artist Ziggi Recado of Amsterdam, a surprise performer at the show as well as veteran artists Freddie McGregor and Maxi Priest who both have a significant presence in Japan.
Check out the ReggaeReflection video for Behind the Scenes footage of the sold out Reggae 4 Japan Benefit Concert featuring interviews with Ziggi Recado, Freddie McGregor, and Maxi Priest. Additional clips are included from Duane Stephenson, Shaggy, Tanya Stephens, Gyptian, Mr. Vegas, Gramps Morgan, Chino, Di Genius, and more.
Artist Interviews with Maxi Priest, Freddie McGregor & more
Video Background Music Credit: ‘We Must Rise Again’ by Kobwebb Productions for Diamond Edge Records
Video Credit: Keno J. Sampson Artist Interviews: Grace V.
The Capacity Crowd lines up to enter York College
Artists Arrive Early to walk the Red Carpet
Artists in the Media Spotlight
The audience enjoyed energizing performances from all artists including: Ziggi Recado, New Kingston, Alaine, Chino, Di Genius, Mr. Vegas, Tanya Stephens, Johnny Osborne, Peetah & Gramps Morgan, Tarrus Riley, Mighty Crown, Fireball, Duane Stephenson, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Capleton with surprise guest Shabba Ranks, and Damian “Jr Gong” Marley closing out the show with special guest Nas.