Sizzla returns to New York - First live performance after 8 years
• First live performance after 8 years
Eight years after his US visa and work permit were revoked, singjay Sizzla Kalonji will make his long-awaited return to a New York stage when he appears at the 23rd annual Irie Jam Radio anniversary celebration on Labour Day, Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.
Since the news broke that US immigration authorities had 'fly the gate' for the reggae artiste to perform stateside again, there has been an exciting buzz especially from his fans in the New York Tri-State Area, who are overjoyed.
Ironically, Sizzla's last major outdoor concert performance in NY was at Irie Jamboree 2008, an event that was co-produced by Irie Jam Radio. At the festival that year, moments before Sizzla's electrifying performance, large video screens replayed Olympic gold medal races by Usain 'Lighting' Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker as thousands in the diaspora celebrated Jamaica's historic performance at the Beijing Olympics.
"It has been a long, long wait for music fans who have waited patiently to see Sizzla perform live again here," Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie Jam Radio, said. "Since that performance, we have received numerous calls from fans wanting to see him in NY again. We have listened to the people's cry and we are excited to include him on our Labour Day weekend anniversary presentation."
The artiste, born Miguel Collins, has never conformed to anyone's expectations. He has always been brutally honest and forthright in his lyrics and musical style of delivery. He has rocked the world over the years with strong anthems such as Just One of Those Days; Thank You Mama; Woman I Need You; Guide Over Us and Holding Firm. He is also a crusader, championing the cause of the oppressed, especially those from his August Town community in St Andrew.