Reggae/Dancehall legend Super Cat has been confirmed for the inaugural Bay Area Vibez Festival lineup. Bay Area Vibez Music and Arts Festival will be held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on September 26 and 27 in Oakland, CA.
Internationally known as “Don Dada,” the godfather of dancehall, Super Cat was perhaps the first artist to merge reggae and hip hop in the eighties and nineties with hits such as “Si Boops Deh,” “Dolly My Baby,” “Ghetto Red Hot,” and his signature track “Don Dada.”
With his contemporaries Shabba Ranks, Red Dragon, Chaka Demus and Pliers and others, Super Cat was on the forefront of a style called Ragga,–reggae played entirely or mostly using digital instrumentation. According to Steve Barrows and Peter Dalton, authors of “The Rough Guide to Reggae,” Ragga has been the most commercially successful Jamaican music since the heyday of Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Born William Anthony Maragh in Kingston, JA, Super Cat literally put the word “dance” into the term dancehall. Rapping over infectious beats produced by King Jammy, Winston Riley, Early B and the Killamanjaro sound system and Steely and Clevie, Supercat’s lyrics were sexy, edgy and rebellious and fun. Countless Jamaican DJs including Grammy winners Sean Paul and Shaggy have emulated super Cat’s style.
Early bird General Admission are set at $85 for 1-day passes, $160 for 2-day passes and $225 1-day VIP, or $400 2-day VIP passes, which include early entrance to grounds, special VIP viewing and lounge area, VIP beer and wine garden and select organic foods and snacks. Shuttle services will be available for convenient entrance to the festival. Parking passes are $29 per day. Festival hours go from 11am to 10pm daily. For more information, or to secure tickets, visit http://www.bayareavibez.com/