Barrington Levy Rocks the JazzReggae Festival

The dancehall artist gave a solid performance at the 27th Annual JazzReggae Festival held at UCLA’s Intramural Field.

“Hey UCLA, are you ready for me?” asked Jamaica’s dancehall king Barrington Levy as a medley of his songs of his hits played in background.

Casually clad in a red T-shirt, a pair of white jeans and tennis shoes, Levy appeared relaxed as he commanded the stage engaging and entertaining the crowd with hit singles such “Too experienced,” “My Time,” “Murderer” and “Black Roses.”

At one point, 50 minutes into his set, Levy asks the crowd, “Can I go home now?” To which he received a resounding “No”.

One of the biggest Jamaican stars and one of the few performers that sounds as great live as he does on his records, Levy at one point invited Mr. Vegas, who had performed earlier to join him onstage for an impromptu performance of “I love the way she loves me,” Levy’s latest single. It was an action which drew wild cheers from the audience. Mr. Vegas later told Caribpress’ Samantha Ofole-Prince backstage that it was something they had just literally put together a few minutes earlier.

“He is one of my favorite reggae artists so I feel blessed to have performed that onstage with him,” shared Mr. Vegas who is currently working on an inspirational album.

With his resounding voice, rich vocals, exuberant personality and his song selections, Levy stole the show at this annual event which draws concert goers from all over Los Angeles.

Split over a two day period (Jam Day, Reggae Day), and held at UCLA’s (University of California, Los Angeles) Intramural Field over Memorial Day weekend, other performers included Common, Santigold, Marcia Griffiths and Ziggy Marley who closed out the festival.

 Pictured: Barrington Levy 

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