Best of the Best 2010 Spotlight: Barrington Levy


Barrington Levy has had two musical lives, it seems, in the past few decades. There was his first one, as a wildly popular singer of reggae and a splash of early dancehall, a career which began in the '70s and netted him hits like "Collie Weed" and "Under Mi Sensi." His second musical life, though, has come about mostly in the form of samples. Levy's unmistakable tenor and his penchant for scatting along the words "skiddly-widdly-whoooaaa" have made him a favorite of producers of hip-hop and electronic music. These days, he records new material somewhat sporadically, but unlike many of his peers, he seems to be plugged in to the latest of the web. Just check Levy's active Twitter account; he big-ups Best of the Best itself there pretty regularly.

Best of the Best 2010. With Diddy, DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, Capleton, Barrington Levy, and others. 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets currently cost $54 and up; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. 305-438-9488; bestofthebestconcert.com

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