Rebel Salute 2020 promises to be an international event, not only because nearly half of its patrons may be flying in from abroad for the two-day festival, but the Barrett family team has once again secured regional and international entertainers. Among the reggae music stars to grace the Grizzly’s Plantation Cove venue is Trinidadian reggae music royalty, Queen Omega.
Known as the queen of reggae on her home island, the powerhouse vocalist opened the stage during the Rebel Salute launch event, held at the AC Hotel by Marriott earlier this week. She blessed the audience with energetic performances of two songs – a dance-inducing, high-tempo tune called Joy ; and Local , another real, raw dancehall track.
Though the hem of her white skirt swept the stage, and her matching white wrap stood high atop her head, Queen Omega doubled over and deejayed some punching lyrics in Local , which she said was pulled from «deep down in the belly!»
Queen Omega’s career began with her singing for calypso and soca bands, but in adopting the Rastafari faith, she also embraced the associated musical genre. Six albums later, the singer has returned to Jamaica – to work on the seventh.
«That’s why I really came to Jamaica, to focus. And the mission was to get this album out, and I’m halfway; I’m almost finished,» she told The Gleaner .
She added: «Then, of course, being in Jamaica, I have to touch stage show because I can’t come to Jamaica and not make my presence known, representing Trinidad as the queen of reggae. I’m glad to even be on Rebel Salute, because that’s like a marker.»
Queen Omega first graced the Rebel Salute stage in 2004. She has also performed on Reggae Sumfest with Ninja Man. She is featured on the dancehall artiste’s song, Bad Man Can’t Make Love .
«This is just to refresh the people’s memory and let them know who Queen Omega is, that I’m still in the business. I’m still doing my thing,» she said.
Along with Queen Omega, Rebel Salute will also feature performances by an impressive line-up which includes international, headline-making entertainer and political activist Bobi Wine, Steel Pulse, Toots and the Maytals, Beenie Man as Moses Davis, Leroy Sibbles, Singing Melody, Stevie Face, Queen Ifrica, Chi Ching Ching, General Trees, Michigan, Sugar Roy, Jermaine Edwards and Rhoda Isabella.
LINK ORIGINAL: Jamaica Gleaner