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Jamaica v Raro: The reggae test

Saturday September 14, 2019 Written by Published in Entertainment
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Are you a party animal? Or one of those who love dancing to Charly Black’s reggae songs?


Well! Wine up your body and sing to the tunes of Charly Blacks on Wednesday night.

Cook Islanders will be up and dancing to the famous song “Party animal” as the Jamaican reggae and modern dancehall singer performs at the Hula Bar – and is expected to take the town by storm.

Organiser for the event Kim Marsters says Black is excited to come to Rarotonga and to compare the similarities of the island culture to his culture in Jamaica.

He is on his second South Pacific tour, but this is the first time he has included Cook Islands on his schedule.

Jarome Pare, who organised the last Adina concert, helped them make it happen.

“We say his music was born at the Hula Bar as his genre of music dancehall and Afro-beat is the music played at the Hula Bar six days a week,” Marsters says.

Black is on tour at the moment in the Caribbean and is expected to arrive a day before the concert, though this is yet to be confirmed.

Black was born as Desmond Méndez in 1980. He took the name Tony Mentol, before eventually settling on Charly Black.

His most famous track is "Gyal You a Party Animal", which became popular outside Jamaica in regions including Mexico, South America, Spain and the Pacific as well as the Caribbean and Central America.

Other hits include “Whine & Kotch", "Girlfriend", "Bike Back", and "Hoist & Wine".

His started singing at the age of five and made his recording debut in 2004 with the single “Woman it’s you”.

It was in 2014 that he recorded “Party Animal,” his biggest hit.

In May this year, Charly received his official gold plaque for the achievement from the Recording Industry Association of America.

The Party Animal video has amassed 212 million views on YouTube and has received 392 million streams on Spotify and he believes this is a hit single that is the gift that keeps on giving.

In 2016, the song became a diamond-selling record in Latin America and three years later the song has been certified gold in the US. 

Charly recently released his second single with Universal, titled Happy Zone. 

The single was produced by Izy, who also worked on Koffee's hit, Toast.

Tickets can be purchased from Hula Bar / Islander Hotel at VIP $120 and general admissions $50. Door sales are general admission- $60 and VIP $140. Call / text 75932