AMERICAN R&B artiste Ginuwine is excited to return to Jamaica to perform at Sweatfest, set for The Aqueduct along the Rose Hall main road in Montego Bay, next Saturday.

The artiste, who is best known for his break-out single Pony in 1996, told the Sunday Observer that it has been too long since he was last in Jamaica for a performance. And, as such, he definitely wants to come back to the island.

“I just love the island and the people and the way they receive my music, so I most definitely can’t wait to be back… it’s been a while. Furthermore, I will be on stage with some of my very good friends so that is always great,” he said.

Ginuwine, whose real given name is Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, shares billing at Sweatfest with the likes of Joe, Dru Hill, Teddy Riley, Tank, 112, SWV, Silk and the show’s conceptualiser Keith Sweat during the second night of the three-day event.

The opening event will be a comedy roast set for the Secrets Resort on Friday, June 26, while a listening party for Keith Sweat’s album Dressed to Impress, to be held at the Seawind Beach Club on Sunday June 28.

Ginuwine said his audience can look forward to a performance that will remind people why they first started to listen to his music.

“For the ladies in particular, I am bringing that same love and that high energy that you have all come to know and love… I have been doing it for the past 20 years and that’s what you can look forward to. I write songs about things that people can identify with. It is that connection that people have with my music which helps them to realise that other people are going through the same thing and have similar thoughts,” said Ginuwine.

He admitted that although the industry, particularly the business side, has changed much since he first started out, the production of good music remains at the core.

“Music is music and so once you put your heart and soul into what you are doing you can’t go wrong. That is why I have waited to get focused before going back into the studio for my next album. I needed to get the right direction and be on a path to produce the songs like [the ones] I am known for. We have started working on a few songs, so let’s see what happens.”

Ginuwine was first brought to the attention of producers Missy Elliot and Timbaland back in the early 1990s by DeVante Swing, a founding member of the R&B group Jodeci.

And like he said: “the rest is history”.