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Skillis soaking up the island vibe

Monday, July 23, 2018

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Skillis believes that international acts make the pilgrimage to Jamaica because it is a Mecca for music and entertainment. The US-based singjay was one of the several thousands of people attending Reggae Sumfest, which concluded on the weekend.

“Jamaica has its own energy and power, that is why you see so many international stars come here all the time to experience that energy for themselves,” Skillis said. “Jamaica definitely has the vibes, it has its own energy, that's why everyone wants to come here, rappers, actors, the people are just full of energy and so real.”

Last year, an estimated total of US$5 million was said to be in circulation in the resort town. The hotel sector also benefited from the annual week-long festival.

“Jamaican music, since the 1960s, with the emergence of icons such as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, and Jimmy Cliff, has not only captured the imagination of numerous people across the globe but has been integral to the mushrooming of Brand Jamaica. Reggae Sumfest is, perhaps, the most influential vehicle to leverage and sustain Brand Jamaica and further promote the island and its music,” Josef Bogdanovich, principal of Reggae Sumfest, told Jamaica Observer in a previous interview.

Meanwhile, Skillisis pleased with the reception to his single Street Smart.

Released recently, the song is produced by Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris for Major Moves Music.

“The label is gearing up for a big summer push with this song,” he said.

Born in New York, Skillis grew up in St Ann. He relocated to the US while he was in his teens. He is known for songs including Cash, Yes Indeed, and My Dawg featuring Lil Baby.

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