The festival is organised by the City Parks Foundation. The SummerStage festival also showcased Kabaka Pyramid, Third World, Barrington Levy and DJs Federation Sound and DJ Gravy.
Kabaka Pyramid, alongside the Bebble Rockers, electrified the crowd on Sunday at Coney Island, Ford Amphitheatre, giving patrons a performance filled with roots reggae, dancehall and some hip-hop flavour as well.
Performing hits like Never Gonna Be A Slave, Warrior, Capitalist and Mi Alright, it was evident the crowd was familiar with his catalogue.
During the performance, he also gave a tribute to dancehall alongside his back-up singer, Niccoleen Brown, who gave an exceptional rendition of Sister Nancy’s Bam Bam.
As the 45 minutes set went on, Kabaka would pull some major encore from the audience, especially during the performance of his recently released single featuring Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Kontraband.
“I’ve always been a Kabaka Pyramid fan from his hip-hop days of Free Yourself; this is my first time getting to see him perform. Although he performed in New York City at SOBs, schedule would never permit me to take in a concert. As soon as I saw the SummerStage line-up, I made sure clear my calendar and I must say, his performance was not a disappointment. My new favourite track is Kontraband, two lyricists on one track, straight fire” said Marcus Hillal of Queens.
Closing his set brought another encore as he stated: “We must bun out the dutty politicians dem and the audience roared as Bebble Rockers dropped Well Done.
Kabaka continues his Kontraband Summer tour, with next stop in Burlington, Vermont.