Damian Marley performs at St. Maarten Carnival

POSTED: 01/10/13 12:12 PM

St. Maarten – Veteran promoter Clarence Derby and CD Entertainment has secured the reggae night for Carnival 2013 and will stage what Derby has dubbed, even at this early stage, the biggest show of St. Maarten Carnival 2013.

Derby, known for his record breaking Carnival concerts, will have as headliner Grammy Award winning reggae artist Damian Marley of the famed Marley family and looks to continue his well-established reputation as St. Maarten’s premier concert promoter.

Complimenting Marley as part of the reggae night lineup will be rising R&B singer Miguel and popular dancehall artist Busy Signal. The latter is very popular in the club and dancehall scenes whose music is described as “must dance” must, meaning you can’t stay still once Busy hits the stage.

Miguel is an American recording artist, songwriter and producer. Signed to Jive Records in 2007, Miguel released his debut album, All I Want Is You, in November 2010. The album became a sleeper hit and helped Miguel garner commercial standing. After Jive’s dissolution in 2011, he moved to RCA Records and released his second album Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012 to critical acclaim.

Miguel identifies himself as part of the new wave of R&B artists that include Frank Ocean, the Weekend, and Elle Varner. About.com editor Mark Edward Nero characterizes his music as“eclectic, artsy R&B-pop”.

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is a three-time Grammy Award winning Jamaican reggae artist. Damian, the youngest son of Bob Marley, has described his music as “dancehall and reggae.” “I’ve noticed people trying to separate the two of them. It’s Jamaican culture in general. I don’t try to classify or separate,” he is known for saying.

As for Derby, he said he has been out of Carnival for various reasons over the past few years but is looking forward to participating in Carnival 2013 with a high caliber, high quality show.

“When I do shows I deliver to the people of St. Maarten and to visitors a quality event that they’ve come to expect. Concert promotion is not easy, and it’s not inexpensive but I’ve always believed that with understanding and cooperation from the Carnival committee we could do great things for Carnival. I am looking forward being a part of this year’s festivities,” Derby said.

President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Mike Granger said the foundation is extremely happy to have one of its most veteran and respected promoters back in the fold. “We are especially happy that Clarence can announce his artists this early. It is something we’ve been urging promoters to do for years,” Granger said.

“It helps everyone prepare including persons from abroad who are looking to plan to come for Carnival. It also gives SCDF the opportunity to cross-promote the concerts early and build anticipation for Carnival. In the end, Carnival in general benefits. Clarence has a reputation of high caliber shows and we expect no different for Carnival 2013,” Granger added.



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