Nadine Sutherland to honour Buju with performance
On Sunday, singer Nadine Sutherland will make the trek from Kingston, to Hastings, New York, to pay homage to dancehall icon Mark Anthony Myrie, aka Buju Banton, on his 45th birthday.
The Action singer will perform a short tribute to Banton at the Blue & Bougie - Forever Blue - summer party series at the Tennis Club, where music master mixer, producer and radio host Kurt 'Party Animal' Riley, and music executive and Grammy-nominated producer Cristy Barber will be honoured.
"It's gonna be a short but very impactful show," Sutherland disclosed during a recent rehearsal session with former Sagittarius band bass player Derrick Barnett.
Banton rose from the slums of Salt Lane in Kingston in the early 1990s to become one of the most celebrated dancehall/reggae icons today.
Sutherland and Banton have a history. The two recorded No Second Class, Wicked Dickie, Anything For You featuring Snow, Beenie Man, Terror Fabulous, Kulcha Knox and Louie Culture, and What I Am Gonna Do from Banton's iconic 1995 Til Shiloh album.
The former teen queen has her own celebrated history in reggae. Her single Action, which was recorded with Terror Fabulous over 25 years ago, is still a hot pick at reggae/dancehall parties globally and it is still popular on ethnic and urban radio stations in the US, Canada and England.
Sutherland scored other hits including Babyface, Since You Have Been Gone, All Dem A Talk, Never Knew and I'm In Love.
Last year she was appointed director of performing arts at Challenge Charter Schools Organisation in New York.