On Tuesday, April 19, 2005, Reggae Ambassador, Freddie McGregor and his Big Ship Music label, will his first DVD effort entitled, Super Stars Extravaganza, highlighting rare concert footage of the historical 1989 Denbigh Show Ground concert in May Pen Clarendon, Jamaica.
Produced by Freddie himself, Super Stars Extravaganza, is a definite collector’s item featuring live performances by the late great Dennis Brown, the smooth as silk Gregory Isaacs, sweet Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy, Frankie Paul, Carlene Davis, the legendary Tamlins and more. Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Freddie McGregor has been moving people with his conscious lyrics for over 40 years. Equally at home in lovers rock or roots & culture, this unstoppable wonder boasts several hit songs like Push Come to Shove, Africa Here I Come, Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely, I Was Born A Winner and his signature tune Big Ship.
Initially influenced by the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Eddie Levert, the legendary Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and Bob Andy, Freddie finessed his talent with early tracks like Why Did You Do It and Do Good and Good Will Follow You. In 1975, Freddie’s musical and lyrical content changed with a strong slant towards lyrics of social consciousness with tunes like Mark of the Beast, I Am A Rasta and reggae classic Bobby Babylon. In 1982, Big Ship became one of reggae’s biggest hits and earned him a permanent place in reggae music history.
Over the years, Freddie has always looked to his fans and the communities they come from as a source for keeping him grounded, as a result, he has consistently donated to charities throughout the world whilst setting up his own US and England based children’s organizations, Big Ship Foundation Inc. and the Freddie McGregor Childrens Fund, both of which provides services and funding to renovate schools.