HOT 97 Goes Reggae and Soca


reggaeWQHT-FM HOT 97, Where Hip Hop Lives, is back with the hottest reggae and soca party of the summer: HOT 97’s On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2016! On Friday, September 2nd, catch the sunset on Governors Island as we jumpstart Labor Day weekend with performances by Shaggy, Bunji Garlin, Tiwa Savage, Mr. Vegas, Ayo Jay, Aidonia, Kranium, and Christopher Martin. Tickets are on-sale now at starting at $55; get yours today before the price increases this Friday, August 12th!

International musician, Shaggy, is back on the Reggae & Soca Tip stage, gearing up to perform some of his classic hits like, “It Wasn’t Me” and “Boombastic,” as well as some newer tunes, including his just released single, “That Love,” which is available for download now. Born in Jamaica, and raised in Canada & America, Shaggy has been a staple in the dancehall music scene for over three decades, having worked with artists across all music genres such as Sean Paul, Eve, and Kylie Minogue. Joining him is Trinidadian soca superstar, Bunji Garlin, whose collaboration with Major Lazer’s Jillionaire for the single, “Television,” has become a summer hit with its edgy, dance & Hip Hop vibes. Garlin is no stranger to the Reggae & Soca Tip stage; check out his energetic performance from 2014’s show here.

Also taking the stage is Jamaican dancehall artist, Mr. Vegas. After a brief hiatus from music, Mr. Vegas officially returned in 2012 to high accolades with two International Reggae and World Music Awards & a MOBO Award nomination for his album, Sweet Jamaica, which was also named “Top 50 albums of 2012” by Google Music. This past spring, Mr. Vegas called into Ebro in the Morning to discuss popular artists like Drake and Rihanna using reggae and dancehall samples in their hit songs. Check out the entire interview here, and be sure to be at Governors Island this Labor Day weekend to see Mr. Vegas light up the stage alongside Shaggy & Garlin, as well as Tiwa Savage, Ayo Jay, Aidonia, Kranium, and Christopher Martin at HOT 97’s On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2016!

Ferry Service to the event begins at 6:00 pm ET, departing from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan. Your Ferry Service is included in the cost of your ticket. For more information, check out

HOT 97’s On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2016 is Presented by Nutrament and made HOT by MetroPlus Health Plan, Ting Beverages and VP Records.