NOLA Caribbean Festival To Host Free Jamaican Superstar King Yellowman Concert Monday

NEW ORLEANS – As part of its continuing mission to celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage in New Orleans, the NOLA Caribbean Festival is presenting the living legend, King Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band, Monday, July 31, at the brand new Portside Lounge, 3000 Dryades St.

         Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for the 8:00 p.m. show.

         NOLA Caribbean Festival’s Joel Hitchcock Tilton said the renowned reggae musician has one of the most compelling stories in all of music history. Yellowman’s upbringing from birth at the Maxfield Home orphanage in Kingston and his albinism, which carries a tremendous social stigma in Jamaica, were two huge obstacles that he overcame on his way to becoming the biggest Jamaican artist of the 1980s and achieving worldwide fame, he said.

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         Riding a seemingly nonstop wave of No. 1 hit singles, Yellowman, born Winston Foster, solidified his staggering transformation from untouchable outcast into international sex symbol, Tilton said. Yellowman’s boastful, flamboyant style combined with his militantly political and sexually explicit lyrics made him an extremely polarizing figure. Despite what anyone thought of Yellowman, there was no denying his incredible talent as a musical trailblazer and world-class entertainer.

         Early in his career Yellowman was diagnosed with cancer but like every other obstacle that had beset him he beat the cancer and kept going strong, Tilton said. Years later the cancer came back in his jaw and he had to get part of his jaw removed but survived cancer once again and has been rocking stages, headlining festivals and filling venues around the world ever since.

         Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance here

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