New York, NY — An undeniable icon in the international sound clash industry, which often overshadows almost four decades of successfully shelling parties, concerts and festivals around the world, America’s most notorious ‘sound killer’ proves (once again) that legendary King Addies is much more than sound clash royalty.
On Memorial Day Friday, the New York City and Kingston based Reggae Dancehall juggernaut “…came with the unexpected from King Addies! [Selector]KingPin mash up the place, real talk. He came to juggle, and he destroyed it!” says Jazzy T of JT4 Events, one of the promoters of epic Miami event, Dandy Shandy.
Now in its 7th year of existence, Dandy Shandy has emerged as the East Coast’s premiere 90’s era Caribbean party brand. A collaborative effort between long-time friends, the event’s promo team has developed an authentic Jamaican outdoor festival experience, which has now stood the test of Covid-19. Typically taking place twice annually (May and November), the promotion sat out 2020 in the interest of public safety.
Having previously featured other top international sounds like Stonelove, Bass Odyssey, Travelers, and Waggy T, Jazzy T added, “This is the biggest turnout, and the best Dandy Shandy event, so far.”
Far exceeding previous year’s attendance with the recent staging, not only did Dandy Shandy came back stronger in numbers, many patrons flew in from all over the country for the one-night event.
Additionally, several international artists were in attendance, and a few of Jamaica’s brightest stars (who weren’t officially billed for the event) made impromptu stage appearances. Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Baby Cham, and Christoper Martin capped-off an exciting and nostalgic night of fun with original sound system culture vibes. The beloved artists ‘toasted’ live, on the popular Showtime Riddim, on the sound system, alongside iconic selectors.
Featured alongside Renaissance and HMV (the resident sounds at Dandy Shandy), when asked about the experience King Addies selector KingPin stated, “It was epic seeing a large crowd enjoying themselves, dancing and singing along again. Especially the artist touching the stage, and also just having fun like they were regular patrons. It actually felt like we were finally back to the norm.”
Aggressively touring, and performing on, some of the biggest stages in countries like Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, the UK, all over the Americas/the Caribbean and a slew of other markets for nearly four generations of selector talent on the sound, America’s Billboard Sound ended 2019 strong with a total tally of shows in 79 cities worldwide, and then came Covid.
Currently celebrating their 38th anniversary in 2021, King Addies is deploying a series of hybrid celebrations, both virtually and in NYC venues. Their star-studded, grand finale event will take place in Brooklyn, in December.