Busy excited about first US performance
NYC: New York music fans have been sent in a tizzy following the announcement that dancehall heart throb Busy Signal will deliver his first performance on US soil at Groovin’ In The Park on Sunday June 25 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY.
“In the seven years that we have been doing Groovin’ In The Park, we have not seen this type of a hysteria among fans following an announcement” Groovin Inc founder & CEO Chris Roberts stated.
“We definitely expected a buzz but what has happened is beyond our wildest expectation. I hope we don’t have to bring out the national guard like they did in Africa to bring him on stage,” Roberts stated.
The Jamaican star who is known for dancehall staples like ‘Step Out,’ ‘Jail,’ ‘Wine Pon Di Edge’ and ‘Not Going Down,’ is promising fireworks when he hits the stage for his first performance in the USA.
“June 25, for the first time in my life performing in America…I am anticipating the moment” he said in a recent radio interview in NY, with Ras Clem of WVIP.
“I am looking forward to meeting and greeting fans. Performing live with my band for everyone… It will be electrifying” he explained. “It will not be just a Busy Signal show. It will be a Busy Signal experience.”
The phone lines on Groovin’ Radio 93.5 FM in New York were totally jammed after the announcement was made recently.
“Not since we announced Air Supply or Michael Bolton for Groovin, have we seen such a frenzied response from fans” radio host Ras Clem pointed out.
Busy’s popularity extends beyond the US. In parts of Africa he is revered as a music icon. Last year he completed a successful tour of Southern Africa, notably Zimbabwe. The ‘Nah Go A Jail’ artist said, “It was overwhelming to see the people. They were just waiting for the day of the show. Some people just wanted to take a picture. Some people wanted to behold with their own eyes. Some people told me they walked a day and a half to reach the venue.”
He was left speechless when he heard a radio commercial promoting the show say ‘You should not die before you see Busy Signal.’
“These things touch me deeply” he reflected.
Busy will be joined at Groovin’ In The Park by R&B star R Kelly, Tarrus Riley, reggae /rocksteady icons Freddie McGregor, Ken Boothe, U Roy and Leroy Sibbles with Lloyd Parks and We The People Band supported by an orchestra with the sweet sounds of violins, violas, cellos and a harp, plus the Lenox Hill Rd Baptist choir. The 17-man orchestral ensemble will be directed by Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, former member of the critically acclaimed Third World band and music educator/ lecturer at the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.
For more information, log on to www.groovininthepark.com