Born Carlton Grant in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1969, Spragga Benz took his performance name from L.A. Benz, the sound system he once worked for. He rose to fame, as legend goes, thanks to a recording session with acclaimed reggae singer Buju Banton, who allowed the young Benz to freestyle on a couple of tracks. The deep-voiced singer, clearly stylistically influenced by Banton, has risen to moderate success with brief major-label support and collaborations with major artists.

On a nonmusical note, his 17-year-old-son, Carlton "Carlisle" Grant Jr., allegedly was killed by Kingston police a couple of years ago. Since then, Benz has set up the Carlisle Foundation to help the city's youths.


With Damian Marley on the bill, will Nas make an appearance?
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With Damian Marley on the bill, will Nas make an appearance?

Location Info


Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Downtown/Overtown


The 17th annual Bob Marley Music of Jah People Caribbean Music Festival: With Stephen, Julian, and Damian Marley; Capleton; Tarrus Riley; and others. 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., MiamiTickets cost $50 general admission, $155 VIP, plus four cans of food. 305-740-7344;

Major-label crossover-hit slugger Shaggy is known widely for his megahits "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel." He is said to have perfected those signature pipes while enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the first Gulf War. After he returned from the Middle East, Shaggy scored his first hit in 1993 with "Oh Carolina," followed by the now-classic "Boombastic" in 1995.

Both onstage and off, Shaggy is known for constantly surrounding himself with beautiful women. His videos consistently offer plenty of premium eye candy, and his personal life apparently is no different. Last summer, after a show at a Russian-clientele club in Germany, Shaggy reportedly took two young beauties, ages 18 and 19, back to his hotel. After he fell asleep, the girls allegedly stole about $200,000 worth of jewelry. Oops! See you in Miami, Shaggy — but watch out for those gold diggers.

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