Sounds of Reggae

Last week, Brooklyn's Barclays Center hosted a celebration of Jamaica's 50 years of independence with a very special performance. Grammy Award-winning artist Shaggy performed, as well as Ali Campbell's UB40, Beres Hammond, and Maxi Priest all jammed out during the BioLife Sounds of Reggae concert. The concert was the first reggae concert for the Barclays Center, marking a historic milestone for the arena, which is located in a community known for its Caribbean culture.

The artists all performed both past and present hits, including Shaggy's "Boombastic" and Ali Campbell's "Red Red Wine." “Sounds of Reggae brought unprecedented energy to Barclays Center last night,” commented Shaggy. “It was an incredible opportunity to share a part of Jamaica’s culture with Brooklyn, my second home.”

Ali Campbell on His UB40 Departure

Most band break-ups are ambiguous as to what the true conflict was. Most times, one member wants to pursue solo endeavors or there’s some kind of hard drugs involved. Nevertheless, we as fans are most times left in the dark, wondering why. In UB40’s case, former band member Ali Campbell clears the air.

He claims the reason he left the band in January 2008 was because he was “too disgusted” with them to continue. Everyone else claims he just wanted to focus on a solo career. Campbell denies this saying that the band’s management wanted them to take part in shady business schemes to make money.