He added that the only major shift is that Marcia Griffiths and Alpha Boys School Band are no longer in the line-up, while prolific singer/songwriter Bob Andy has been added.
The festival is slated for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Old Hope Road in Kingston on Saturday.
The event’s line-up also includes Toots and The Maytals, The Skatalites, Soweto Ska Band from Spain, Leroy Sibbles, BB Seaton and The Gaylads, U Roy, Derrick Morgan, Stranger Cole, Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, and Brooklyn Attractors — a New York Ska band.
Reynolds said the festival’s format is similar to events staged in Europe and North America.
“The festival starts at 3:00 in the afternoon and goes until 2:00 am. There will be performances throughout the day as well as a concessions offering food, and arts and crafts. During the breaks the audience will be entertained by recorded music courtesy of sound system selectors Dexter Campbell, better known as the Ska Professor, and musicologist Roy Black. So what we are really offering is a true cultural experience in Kingston.”
Next year, there are plans to expand the event to two days.