Maxi Priest to perform at the Rex

Maxi PriestReggae icon Maxi Priest will be in Grenada for the Naniki Music Festival taking place on May 16 at The Grenadian by Rex Resorts at Point Salines.

The festival formerly known as Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari has been rebranded as Naniki Music Festival to include a more diverse musical lineup.

This year the Grenada festival will feature living legend Maxi Priest for a full length show and opening act Spicerock Band of Grenada.

Executive Producer of the show, Tom Hinds, said he is proud of the move to evolve and include other musical genres.

Hinds launched the new concept at the Barbados leg of the festival in January to rave reviews from patrons.

“One of the highlights in Barbados was definitely the performance by Maxi Priest. He delivered an excellent show. People are still talking about it,” he said.

The 54-year old British-based reggae singer of Jamican descent was born Max Alfred “Maxi” Elliott  on June 10, 1961 and adopted the singing name Maxi Priest.

He is best known for singing reggae music with an R&B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion, and became one of the first international successes who regularly dabbled in the genre and one of the most successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.

Maxi Priest was born in Lewisham, London, the second to last of nine brothers and sisters. His parents moved to England from Jamaica to provide more opportunity for their family and he grew up listening to gospel, reggae, R&B, and pop music.

He first learned to sing in church, encouraged by his mother who was a Pentecostal missionary. Maxi grew up listening to Jamaican greats such as Dennis Brown, John Holt, Ken Boothe and Gregory Isaacs, as well as singers like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, the Beatles, Phil Collins and Frank Sinatra.

His music is sometimes closer to R&B, and pop, than to reggae music itself. His cousin,Jacob Miller, a reggae icon, was the frontman in the popular reggae group Inner Circle.

The Naniki Music Festival, a musical experience which moves from island to island, is not new to Grenada. Last year’s show featured Jamaican artiste and winner of the NBC’s “The Voice”, Tessanne Chin.

This year, Hinds said Grenadians can look forward to an even better show.

“Patrons can expect the same high quality show with fantastic featured artistes giving 100%. As always you can look forward to a VIP experience, beautiful atmosphere and an unforgettable night,” he  added.

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