The Festival Committee has indicated that Roberta Flack and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley will perform at this year’s event.
Globally acclaimed Roberta Flack will bring touches of jazz, soul, R&B, and folk music. She is best known for her Hot 100 #1 singles, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, as well as “Where Is the Love” and “The Closer I Get to You.”
Flack won the 1973 and 1974 Grammy Record of the Year and recently made headlines when in February this year, she released a new album “Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles,” in which she took 12 Beatles songs and infused them with gospel, neo-soul, hip-hop, or smooth jazz rhythm and beats to go along with her distinct alto voice.
Jamaican reggae artist Damian Marley, who is the youngest son of Bob Marley, has won three Grammy Awards. Damian’s nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong, and his real commercial breakthrough came from the single “Welcome to jam rock”, released in 2004. Set to a mesmerizing rhythm, the track explored the real-life hardship and political strife facing the people of Jamaica. The success of the single led to a bidding war for Damian’s next album, and he decided to sign with Universal.