Kingston , JA/New York , NY, July 10, 2006 : Hip Hop diva Remy Ma is saddled up to appear with legendary Dancehall deejay (MC) Bounty Killer for the highly anticipated revival of his annual celebrity charity benefit Saddle to the East on August 26th .
Remy, who will be making her first Jamaican appearance on July 15 th for the island’s reigning queen of the Dancehall Lady Saw’s birthday bash, has recently been added to the all star line up for Saddle to the East 2006 which includes Bad Boy recording artist Elephant Man, Hip Hop turntable scientist Green Lantern, Vybz Kartel, Wayne Wonder, Capleton, Wayne Marshall, Busy Signal and a slew of Jamaica’s biggest and best Dancehall/Reggae entertainers.
Returning after a fiver year hiatus, the organizers of Saddle to the East are donating the proceeds to Upliftment Jamaica, a not-for-profit organization, providing health, education, and social services for the residents of St. Thomas, one of Jamaica’s most underdeveloped and impoverished parishes.
“The fact that Remy Ma is coming all this way to help raise money for the people of St. Thomas says to me that she is one of those rare entertainers that unselfishly gives of themselves for the benefit of those less fortunate.” states St. Thomas native Gary Foster, Chairman of Upliftment Jamaica, and Vice President of Russell Simmon’s RUSH Communications.
He adds that “we are all excited about Remy finally coming to perform in Jamaica . With her brand of hard-edge sass, and razor sharp lyrical prowess, her performance at Saddle to the East, one of the biggest stage shows for the year, is sure to make a lasting impression on the people of Jamaica.”
The Bronx native’s smooth, witty flow has been featured on a number of hit singles, including Fat Joe’s monster summer anthem “Lean Back” with her Terror Squad comrades, earning her the “Best Female Hip Hop” award at the 2005 BET Awards. With her latest album, There’s Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, released on SRC/Universal Records, Remy has been hitting the airwaves with her latest singles “Conceited” and “Feels So Good” featuring Def Jam R&B crooner Ne-Yo.
ABOUT SADDLE TO THE EAST
Bounty Killer, whose given name is Rodney Price, has been dominating the dancehall scene since the 90’s with a unique rapid-fire delivery and hard-hitting tunes like “Coppershot,” “Hip Hopera” featuring the Fugees, and “Look Into My Eyes.” His 1996 album My Xperience spent 6 months at the top of the Billboard Reggae Chart and 2 months on the Billboard Top Albums Chart. In 2001, he reached number 5 on Billboard Top 200 with “Hey Baby” which he recorded with rock/punk band No Doubt. He initiated Saddle to the East in 1999 in an effort to rally the entertainment sector to give back to the community. Originally held during Christmas season, the moderately priced show gives less fortunate populations the opportunity to see the biggest and best names in Jamaican music, while the proceeds are donated to schools and charities in the country’s inner-city communities.
ABOUT UPLIFTMENT JAMAICA
Upliftment Jamaica is a U.S. non-profit organization with a base in the rural community of White Horses in St. Thomas, Jamaica. Founded in 1999 by Gary Foster and three childhood friends—Nigel Paris, Clayton Balliston, Rainford Grant, and the late Kirk Green– UJ empowers children and adults throughout the island of Jamaica through annual and year-round programs in the areas of health, education, and workforce development. UJ operates a basic school, community technology center, a children’s library, and several athletic programs. For more information on Upliftment Jamaica, go to www.upliftmentjamaica.org .
Music & Entertainment Journalist/Publicist