July 2017


#Sumfest2017: Cancer survivor well received at Reggae Sumfest

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Feluke performing on the final night of the 2017 Reggae Sumfest. (Photo: Phillip Lemonte)

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Cancer survivor, Feluke sang his way into the hearts of patrons during the early goings of the final night of the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest, now underway at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.

The dreadlocks Rastaman, who confessed that at one stage he had given up, seemed to be immensely enjoying his second lease on life as he fitted from corner to corner on the huge stage, delivering his well-received songs.

Feluke, who recently returned from Mexico where he was treated for cancer, sampled Buju Banton’s “It’s Not An Easy Road” in a set which included “Building on Israel”, “Keep Our Souls Alive”, among others.

His performance came after those of Sizzla Kalonji’s son, Meliku and Deep Jahi who were also well received.

Sizzla Kalonji closed the show which featured the likes of Kabaka Pyramid, Stephen Marley, Queen Ifrika, Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Mad Cobra, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Chris Martin, among others.

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Jah Cure ends feud with Fantan Mojah in entertaining Sumfest set

Jah Cure (left) with Fantan Mojah on stage at Reggae Sumfest on Sunday morning. (Photo: Marlon Reid) Jah Cure (left) with Fantan Mojah on stage at Reggae Sumfest on Sunday morning. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Jah Cure and Fantan Mojah shook hands and hugged on the Reggae Sumfest stage at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay on Sunday morning, putting an end to their short-lived feud, which reportedly had at one point threatened to become violent.

During Jah Cure’s performance, the reggae singer informed audience members that he saw his “brother” Fantan Mojah backstage, and then called on Mojah to join him centre stage.

The two then shook hands and hugged, before Mojah helped Jah Cure to finish their recorded collaboration, Nuh Build Great Man.

Jah Cure would then deliver Love Is, after which Fantan Mojah sang his own hit, Hail The King, which was greeted by loud cheers of approval by the crowd. Mojah then departed the stage for Jah Cure to complete his act with Longing For and Unconditional Love.

The two had reportedly been at odds with each other since May, when it was alleged that Jah Cure attacked Mojah outside a residence of fellow artiste Capleton. Mojah took to social media afterwards to admit to an incident between the pair, but said that he held no grudges with Jah Cure.

Before that, Jah Cure had started his act with Prison Walls before doing That Girl, Call On Me, You’ll Never Find and What Will It Take.



Energetic Sumfest set by Sean Paul

Sean Paul performs at Reggae Sumfest.

Sean Paul performs at Reggae Sumfest.


Sean Paul and his three dancers delivered an energetic performance during the 50 minutes that he was on stage at Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Sunday morning.

Entering the stage with Bum Bum, they kept the tempo going throughout until his closing song, Bounce It Right Here. His overall act picked up the longer it lasted.

After Bum Bum, Sean Paul did Get Busy and Got To Love You, Press It Up and Baby Boy, Gimme Di Light and We Be Burnin.

Like Glue would follow and then Deport Them and Gyalis Pro after which he asked the crowd to indicate by putting their hands in the air, who loves their mother. Getting the requisite response he then gave them Rockabye.

Telling the audience about and then deejaying, Gonna Be Lit Tonight , he then launched into Cheap Thrills, before calling up Chi Ching Ching for them to do their collaboration, Crick Neck, to loud cheers of approval by the Catherine Hall crowd.

Chi Ching Ching would then do a medley of dance songs with Sean Paul joining his dancers.

Gimme Di Light would follow Chi Ching Ching’s departure before She Doesn’t Mind and the closure, Bounce It Right Here.




Jahmiel Hits VH1, Gears Up For Reggae Sumfest

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 AM

Jahmiel performing at Magnum New Rules on Saturday.

Reggae/dancehall artiste Jahmiel hits American cable television network VH1 with his single, Strongest Soldier.

Currently garnering a lot of views via his Vevo account and major radio spins worldwide, Jahmiel has been able to secure his video on VH1 for an international audience to view.

This is not the first time Jahmiel received international television recognition. Last year his video, Years To Come, was also added to BET.

Jahmiel embraced the opportunity to present his videos on such major international media outlets while thanking his team for seeking these platforms.

“When given the opportunity to share my music with a wider audience, it is definitely something I embrace and I give thanks for my team, who is always searching for those platforms,” said Jahmiel.

Upon returning to Jamaica after his performance this past weekend at AEG Live – Reggae in The Park, alongside Ziggy Marley, Beres Hammond, Capleton, Sizzla Kalonji and Culture, Jahmiel is focused on his performance at Reggae Sumfest this Friday.

“Looking forward to performing at Sumfest, as them say, ‘Our Music, Our Festival’. I am glad for the opportunity to perform this year and definitely want the people to expect a great show. I always give 150 per cent but I must say, this one is extra special, so expect 200per cent Friday night,” he said.

Set to perform with Ruff Kutt band, Jahmiel is definitely anticipating one of his better performances this year in Jamaica and look forward to showing the people his growth.

Jahmiel also recently completed recording his debut album.

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Join Millions of Reggae Fans Around the World in Viewing FREE LiveStreams of Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest 25th Anniversary Festival on July 21 & 22

 Join the greatest Reggae and Dancehall Festival in the world, Reggae Sumfest, 25th Anniversary edition, in Montego Bay, JA via LiveStream at 8pm (Jamaican time) on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.  You can check the World Timezone calculator here

The free, cutting-edge global live streaming can be accessed from http://reggaesumfest.com/#livestreams. Once there, simply choose your stream option: HD Broadcast Livestream and/or 360° Livestream.

Sumfest doubled up on streaming sources so that in case of any technical difficulty, viewers can just click on the optional source on the Reggae Sumfest livestreaming web page.

The streaming will work on virtually all devices…smart TV’s, laptops/desktops, tablets, and mobile smartphones, and are also available on YouTube by just clicking on an action button (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rYRESgWqO0).

The LiveStream will not only capture the main stage, but also backstage interviews, sharing the overall “vibe” of the festival.  With over 16 cameras around the venue, viewers won’t miss a moment of Sumfest 2017.

Check out the amazing artist line-up of the world’s hottest dancehall and reggae artists here: http://reggaesumfest.com/#schedule and then mark your calendar for this Friday and Saturday so you don’t miss a minute of this epic event.

High-energy excitement of this 25th anniversary event is just three days away. Stay tuned to www.ReggaeSumfest.com for all the details.



Planning keeps Sumfest patrons safe — Security Manager

Kimberley Small
July 13, 2017


Robin Russell (left) has Digicel’s Olive Lawson (right) and Olivia Tate.

The incident-free nature of Reggae Sumfest is no coincidence. This is according to its security manager Robin Russell.

“Every year has its own unique issues, but what we have been able to do throughout the years is know what these issues are beforehand and put plans in place to know how to deal with them. Each year, it’s something new, but not necessarily different, and we’ve been able to put plans in place to make it happen,” Russell told THE STAR.

Reggae Sumfest, which is celebrating 25 years, starts on Sunday with a beach party and ends next Saturday with the second of two nights of stage shows.

Russell began his career as a crew member on the festival’s production team, before working his way into security. Now, he is charged with leading the security team in keeping the peace, as well as reacting to other health and safety issues that may arise.

“We pride ourselves with the reputation of securing vehicles and patrons having a safe show. We work for that and look forward to the show finishing on that note again.”

Though he has been a part of the Sumfest team for two decades, the demands of the job do not always afford Russell the opportunity to enjoy the performances.

“I don’t get the opportunity to see many acts, or be involved enough to enjoy the show, because I’m all over the place,” he said.

One of Russell’s outstanding memories occurred when one international act was all over the place.

“It was Akon’s performance. He went out from the stage. It was definitely memorable, how he performed,” Russell shared.

Akon’s exuberance posed no issue for the security team. Russell hails the collaborative support of various health and safety officials, achieved through detailed communication before, during and after the show.

“Planning is what makes us most effective; to not walk into the show and be surprised. We plan weeks, sometimes months before the show. We need the full cooperation of the entire security team. Their input is what makes the emergency plan work,” he told THE STAR.

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Telecoms firm to provide ground-breaking regional live cable and online broadcast
Kingston, Jamaica – July 14, 2017 –

FLOW, the Caribbean’s largest provider of
telecommunications and entertainment services, has inked a sponsorship deal with DownSound Entertainment Ltd. (DSE), owners and producers of the revitalized 25th Annual Reggae Sumfest music festival, that will see the entities partnering to provide a live broadcast
of the iconic event across its cable network and online. FLOW will be broadcasting the event in 10 countries across the region as well as via an online broadcast on FLOW’s website and
Facebook page.
Under the agreement, FLOW will also provide the sophisticated network services needed to
power “Jamaica’s Premier Music Festival” which takes place from July 16 – 22 in Montego Bay,
Stephen Miller (left), FLOW Sponsorship Manager
shares a light moment with Josef ‘Joe’
Bogdanovich, partner in Downsound
Entertainment Ltd. (DSE), owners and producers
of Reggae Sumfest at FLOW’s Flagship store on
Halfway Tree Road. FLOW has inked a deal with
the promoter of the 25th staging of the annual
Reggae Sumfest scheduled for July 16-23 in
Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“This is a first for the region and it is indeed an honour for us to be partnering with DownSound
Entertainment Ltd. on this, the 25th milestone anniversary staging of Reggae Sumfest. We
further congratulate the team for the fantastic job it has done in re-engineering and repositioning
this highly-anticipated annual event as a valuable and globally attractive brand. We are
delighted to share in this new legacy,” shared Stephen Miller, FLOW’s Sponsorship Manager.
“This is also another trail-blazing example of the commitment we have made to use our
technology to connect our customers with rich engaging activities and the content they love.
For the first time, music lovers across the region will be able to view the show from the comfort
of their homes via our FLOW 1 platform (Channel 100) as well as online whether via a computer
or using a mobile device,” Miller explained.
FLOW will be offering a three-hour live broadcast from both Festival Night 1 which is being
headlined by several renowned dancehall acts and Festival Night 2 led by a bevy of international
reggae superstars via its cable network. The livestream which will be available at –
www.discoverflow.co – or Facebook.com/FLOWJamaica, will offer an extended broadcast from
the exciting events.
“Our partnership with FLOW is an extension of our global mission at Downsound Entertainment
to expand the phenomenal experience offered by Reggae Sumfest while showcasing the rich
Jamaican culture to the world. We are very happy to welcome FLOW on board to bring the live
action to hundreds of thousands of fans who may have never experienced ‘Sumfest’ before,”
commented Josef ‘Joe’ Bogdanovich, partner in Downsound Entertainment Ltd., owners of the
Reggae Sumfest Festival.
“We are aiming to reach more than 40 million viewers this year and this partnership with FLOW
allows us to extend the local reach of the festival in a way that has never been done before,”
Bogdanovich added.
He further expressed delight that FLOW, through the broadcast, will also be supporting the
promotion of several local upcoming reggae acts who will be aiming to making an impression
on the international community through their performances.
“Our partnership deepens our support of a uniquely Jamaican cultural product and experience
through this vibrant entertainment event that our customers know and love. It is also one of the
ways we are making a contribution to the promotion and development of Brand Jamaica through
this annual activity which has brought tremendous returns to the island over the past 25 years,”
Miller said in closing.
Starting in 2016, Downsound Entertainment Ltd. has revitalised the Reggae Sumfest Music
festival in order to pay greater homage to the origins of reggae music and preserve its


A Taste Of Reggae Sumfest

Published: Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:00 AM

Reggae when we Reggae smoothie from the Acoustic Cafe.

We all know how reggae music feels, but how about how it tastes? Patrons at the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest will have the opportunity to experience just that at the first Sumfest Acoustic Cafe Pop-Up Restaurant – a main highlight in the Food Court during the festival.

In photo: Calaloo pizza from Acoustic Cafe.

The Sumfest Acoustic Cafe is the second restaurant franchise concept under the FRANJAM company, managed by Gary Matalon – a franchise company founded to own, develop and license Jamaican-themed restaurants.

At the Sumfest Acoustic Cafe, patrons will be able to hear, see, feel and taste reggae while enjoying a range of healthy and yummy menu items such as an array of soups, salads, wraps, pizzas, and a live juice bar all against the rich backdrop of footage and performances from the last 25 years of Sumfest.

So let’s dish out some of the palatable star acts, shall we?

Hermine Homestyle plans to cater for Sumfest patrons, like they’ve done for the last 25 years. While Yard Spice has been a constant feature at the festival for over 10 years, serving up Jamaican delights to the patrons. Soupy John, well known for his creative soups, hopes to stir things up and satisfy appetites, while Conquering Lion Ital will be showcasing his healthy ‘ital’ selections for all to savour. Roti King and Chefs for Life will offer a fusion of Asian and Indian cuisine. And Mr Lees will be serving up his tasty pizzas.

In photo: Prelude to a Kiss Veggie Ball from Ashanti. 

Creative Food and Soup promises a variety of seafood and non-traditional curries, while newcommers Rain Forest’s Fish Pot, Sabbioso and Ashanti Oasis will be making their national delectable debut to the exciting Sumfest Acoustic Cafe.

Another first for the festival will be the inclusion of two restaurants in the VIP area. Alessandro’s will delight the palate of VIP patrons with delectable dishes such as Pimento jerked pork, Mama Lee’s rack o’ ribs, and slow-roasted honey glazed pork shoulder, while EITS Cafe will offer barrel roasted chicken, beef and shrimp kebabs, fresh salads and more.

As an added treat, Kimberlee Howell, owner of Alessandro’s, has provided a recipe for reggae lovers to try at home.

Kim’s Slow-Roasted Honey Glazed Pork Shoulder


1 cup plus 2tbsp soy sauce, divided

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3tbs. chopped garlic

1/4 cup chopped scallions

2-3lb boneless, skin-on pork shoulder

2tbs olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly grounded black pepper

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup honey



1. Preheat the oven to 275°F.

2. In a large bowl, combine one cup of the soy sauce with sugar, garlic, and scallions, stirring until mixed. Score the skin of the pork by slicing a crosshatch pattern through the skin down to the meat. This will help excess fat render out and allow more of the marinade to soak in. Place the pork in the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Marinate overnight.

3. Place the marinated pork in the middle of a baking sheet. Bake for 1-11/2 hours depending on the weight of the pork. Increase oven to 5008F. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, and remaining soy sauce, stirring until smooth. Spoon the honey glaze over the top of the pork, making sure to fill the cracks and crevices on top. Bake for 20 additional minutes until sugar is dark brown and caramelised, and the top of the pork is crispy.

4. Slice the pork into 1/2 inch slices, and plate with roasted Irish or sweet potatoes and vegetables of your choice. Spoon the reserved pan juices on top of the pork, and enjoy!

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The Caribbean’s top music festivals


Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Reggae Sumfest heats up Montego Bay July 16-22. Saluting the genre that was born in Jamaica in the late 1960s, the island’s biggest week-long festival attracts thousands from across the globe who make the pilgrimage to hear a roster of reggae and dancehall megastars like Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Sean Kingston. Staged in an open-air field called the Catherine Hall Festival Grounds, the main events are marathon-length concerts that start at 9 p.m. and wrap up after 7 a.m. the following morning. Must-do’s for diehards include the Sumfest Beach Party on Tropical Bliss Beach, All-White Party and the crowd-pleasing Heavyweight Sound Clash at the Pier 1 Entertainment Center. Resorts like Half Moon, Hilton Rose Hall and Round Hill sell festival packages. Summing up the longevity of the Caribbean’s largest music festival, event producer Joseph Bogdanovich observes that “an authentic reggae experience where the music was born, lives and breathes can only be had in Jamaica.”

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