Shabba Ranks on Thursday August 8th 2013 at the official Media Launch Party for the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival at the Milk River nightclub in Brooklyn. (Roland Hyde photo)
News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Mon. Aug. 12, 2013: Dancehall’s emperor, Shabba Ranks, was on hand Thursday for the the official Media Launch Party for the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival, set for Barclays Center on Labor Day Weekend.

Scantily clad models in creative body paint and carnival headdresses, paraded around the ultra-chic Milk River. (Roland Hyde photo)
Specially invited guests and media personnel on Thursday August 8th 2013 at the official Media Launch Party for the Festival at the Milk River nightclub in Brooklyn. The event is set for three days – August 30th and 31st as well as September 1st, 2013.

Double Grammy winner Ranks, also known as the “Emperor of Dancehall,” was in attendance at the media launch. Speaking to JAYBLESSED.com, he said he felt honored to be a part of this unifying experience bringing all Caribbean people from near and far and that he is also looking forward to performing on the Barclays Center stage, along with the Caribbean’s leading musical ambassadors.

Not one to disappoint his fans (with the assistance of DJ Calli B) Shabba Ranks even entertained those gather at the launch party, wetting the palettes with a taste of the classic tunes he plans to deliver on Sunday September 1st, on “Irie Jamboree” night.

Popular WBLS 107.5FM radio personality and CEO of Caribbean Fever, Dahved Levy along with fellow media icon, Bobby Clarke, President of Irie Jam Media Group, have entered a historic partnership to co-produce and promote the ground-breaking Music Festival.

The Festival is slated to encompass the Caribbean’s culture with the most iconic and influential musical representatives for Reggae, Zouk, Dancehall, Calypso, Soca and Kompa.

Friday August 30th is dubbed “International Nite” with performances by Wyclef Jean, Kassav, Tabou Combo and Djakout #1.

“Carnival Mania” will take place on Saturday August 31st with headliners Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Alison Hinds, Edwin Yearwood and Iwer George.

The climatic finish to the festival is “Irie Jamboree” featuring reggae and dancehall’s finest; Shabba Ranks, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Capleton, I-Octane among others including famous Grenadian Soca singer – Tallpree; five time Vincy Soca Monarc – Skinny Fabulous; and the undisputed Queen of Dancehall – Lady Saw.

Tickets for the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival can be purchased online at TicketMaster.com

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