WYCLEF JEAN STILL ON TRACK FOR BARBADOS VENUE OF FARLEY HILL WITH DIGICEL’S 2011 REGGAE ON THE HILL
FAS Entertainment has received no information to suggest any change in Haitian-born superstar Wyclef Jean’s commitment to headline the May 1 Reggae on the Hill climax of this year’s Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival.
Speaking after a site visit at the Farley Hill National Park venue by stakeholders, FAS director Al Gilkes said nothing had changed in terms of the planning for any of the five events of the festival, which gets underway on Monday, April 25 (Easter Bank Holiday) with the Reggae Beach Party at Brandon’s, St. Michael.
He said, “Like everybody else we know that Wyclef was injured while campaigning last weekend in the just ended elections in Haiti but from all reports the injury was superficial and he was treated at hospital and discharged. The incident did not stop his political activity in Haiti and we have not heard that it will affect his scheduled performances in Barbados and other countries.”
Gilkes added that FAS had also received an audio clip by Wyclef for broadcast on radio in which the Grammy Award winning performer is promoting his coming appearance at Reggae on the Hill.
The site visit was attended by representatives of the National Conservation Commission (NCC), the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Fire Service, Public Health, the Media, Disaster Emergency Management and sponsors, among others.
The festival’s other events are the Digicel Vintage Reggae Show and Dance at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium on Wednesday, April 27, the new Bajan Reggae Night at the Plantation Garden Theatre and the Reggae Party Cruise on MV Harbour Master on Saturday, April 30.
Gilkes noted that everything was on stream for all the events and that advanced ticket sales were going well at box offices around Barbados. For the first time, tickets are also available on line at iTickets Barbados.