The 25th Annual JazzReggae Festival at UCLA is proud to announce that the artists headlining its 2011 festival will be Lupe Fiasco on Jam Day (May 29th) and Sean Paul on Reggae Day (May 30th). With the tremendous energy and enthusiasm triggered by such world-class artists, the JazzReggae Festival’s 25th year is bound to be the biggest celebration in the festival’s history.
With his third studio album LASERS debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, Lupe Fiasco emits powerfully evocative hip hop charged with politics, infused with his taste for poetry. The son of a Black Panther, the Muslim MC grew up in Chicago’s projects listening to rock and jazz, and began rapping in the eighth grade. Under the wing of Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco emerged onto the rap scene in 2006, instantaneously achieving both critical and commercial acclaim. Since then, the three-time Grammy nominee has worked alongside artists such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and John Legend. On May 29th, the renowned rap philosopher will showcase his razor-sharp rhymes for JazzReggae Festival’s Jam Day, only intensifying the fervor for its 25th year.
Kingston-born Sean Paul has become an international superstar, taking dancehall music to new heights. A diverse fusion of reggae, rap and dance, the music of Sean Paul features work from the most cutting-edge producers in Jamaica. Since his rise to fame in 2002, Sean Paul’s impressive track record includes four Billboard Music Award nominations, as well as a Grammy-winning album. With over ten million albums sold worldwide, Sean Paul has cemented his status as the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts. Bringing the latest sounds of his native Kingston to the JazzReggae Festival at UCLA, Sean Paul is sure to captivate audiences on Reggae Day, May 30th.
Tickets will go on sale April 1st on ticketmaster.com and at the UCLA Central Ticket Office; prices are $29 for single day tickets and $50 for a two-day pass. Single-day tickets will be available on the days of the festival for $35.
The 25th Annual JazzReggae Festival welcomes as sponsors Scion and S.O. Terik, an L.A. based company fusing art, fashion and entertainment. With the release of their full lineup quickly approaching and through the support of their sponsors, the 25th Annual JazzReggae Festival is an event not to be missed.