Jamaica’s Legendary Sashi Expertise Competition Returns

by Howard Campbell

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica – The Sashi Expertise Competition, which created a stir in Jamaican leisure when it was held there over 20 years in the past, returns in Could subsequent 12 months with promoters promising a lineup of heavyweight stars.

Jamaica's Sashi Experience Festival Returns, Horatio Hamilton
Horatio Hamilton

Jamaican Horatio Hamilton, Sashi’s founder and CEO, advised South Florida Caribbean Information that the occasion will likely be held Could 23-26 at Plantation Cove in St. Ann parish, west of the resort city of Ocho Rios.

“Every thing is on level, we’ve got the venues locked, we’ve got the artists locked. We’re simply not prepared to offer any names as but,” he mentioned.

Hamilton disclosed that “5 to 6” Afrobeats acts will carry out at Sashi Expertise Competition, with a number of R&B artists additionally confirmed. He plans to disclose their names as promotion for the present heats up.

Then generally known as Sashi, the high-profile occasion was held from 1999 to 2002 at James Bond Seashore in Oracabessa, St. Mary parish, east of Ocho Rios.

Sashi fielded quite a few sizzling artists together with Usher, Donell Jones, Eve, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, P Diddy, Brian McKnight, Tyrese, Lil Kim, Wyclef, Missy Elliott, Shabba Ranks, Tremendous Cat and TOK.

With Jamaicans desirous to see high-profile entertainers from america, it drew robust crowds. Whereas it has been 21 years because the final present, Hamilton intends to make a good larger influence subsequent 12 months.

“It’s an expertise that has by no means been seen earlier than in Jamaica. I’m not attempting to repeat the previous, I’m attempting to enhance on it,” he mentioned.

Whereas music is its focus, the Sashi Expertise Competition additionally contains a gap gala in Kingston, a vogue present to assist expose Jamaican designers, and celeb poker match for charity.