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All-Jamaican Format And Repeat Acts – Familiar Faces A Paying Audience’s Guarantee

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | Mel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Sanchez

In yesterday’s Gleaner publication, Downsound Records’ Josef Bogdanovich said that going all-Jamaican with Reggae Sumfest has not hurt the company financially, although he noted that Jamaican acts were not cheap to hire. I enthusiastically applauded the move to axe the international (overwhelmingly American R&B and hip-hop acts) from the summer event and pointed out that with the development, Sumfest draws closer to the successful Rebel Salute model.

However, this also means that both festivals have ended up in the same position: having a high number of repeat acts. This is almost a given on Sumfest’s Dancehall Night as there are precious few headliners, so Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Sizzla and Spice are among those who have been – and will continue to be – in the mix

For this year’s Sumfest, the organisers are heavily touting Maxi Priest (who is not a regular face on stage in Jamaica); Beres Hammond (who was honoured by Sumfest in 2011 when he returned from a three-year hiatus); and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley (who performed in 2009, 2012, and 2013).

The gaps between most recent performances and this year take them out of the immediate repeat category as happened with Sanchez with back-to-back showings in the first two years of Sumfest’s all-Jamaican format. Not that people minded as he put on a sterling show each time, the first after an extended absence from the big stage in Jamaica.

Understand Realities

Much can be muttered about repeat performers, but there are some realities that must be understood. Putting on an outdoor event, much less one of the magnitude of Sumfest, is an inherently very risky venture. It can rain; there may be a flare-up of violence along one of the main routes to the venue (or a big accident that causes a traffic snarl); a headline performer may get diarrhoea; two crews may get into a bottle-throwing match inside the grounds and there’s a stampede.

Those are things that can happen in the day. What the organisers can determine is the pulling power of their line-up, and that means going for the familiar. As good as the idea of breaking young talent is – and there is a section for that – check how many of those performers go on to be top draws : very, very few.

Plus, it takes lots of time for a guaranteed pulling card to be developed, not only in terms of the individual’s proficiency, but also the growth of a paying audience, which may have bonded with the performer when they were still checking Mommy for lunch money.

So those who take no risks with their concert-staging money, or hard-earned cash to go to a ‘stage show’, can quibble. Those who put their money where their music is need a guarantee, and the familiar faces are it (although there are many times I really wish it was not so).

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 Kingston Launch of Reggae Sumfest, May 30, 2018

  

    

 

Transcript of Speech Given by Josef Bogdanovich 

Good evening. Welcome.

The  Honourable Olivia Grange, His Worship The Mayor  Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen….

DSE became an owner of Reggae Sumfest officially in May, 2016  a little over two years ago.

Local audience attendance in our first year increased substantially from the previous year. We also introduced our Live Stream that connected fans globally opening our gates to hundreds of thousands.

2017 local attendance increased significantly with fans on Dancehall Night remaining well into daybreak to near capacity. This was a sight witnessing the power of Peace & Love and has been etched in many fans memory, perhaps forever.

Our streaming attendance transformed Reggae Sumfest into a truly

international festival with an international live fan attendance close to a million and in our aftermath literally 10’s of millions watching on line and increasing daily. This says a lot for the concept “Our Music, Our Festival”.

2018 looks to be even more promising. This year’s line up is simply awesome. We have expanded the festival to 8 days with 7 preview and post events and 2 weekend live stage shows.

 

Last year we introduced the food court which was a hit and this year we are introducing the Merchandise Mall featuring 18 local vendors with their goods.

 

We have also introduced a  daytime Symposium appealing to local folks who want to learn more about the industry and how to get involved.  This Symposium will also embrace ideas in support  of the intellectual cultural experience that many abroad thirst for. Reggae Sumfest – something for everyone. I also want to recognise the addition of three new sponsors Master Card, Jet Blue, NCB and Grace.

 

And now for the reality that I’m sure is on peoples minds. The state of emergency order that began in January of this year and has been continued to August 2nd has returned peace and tranquility to Montego Bay.  Over the months I think it’s now safe to say that a wave of fresh air has returned to Montego Bay where people feel safe and the smile of optimism can be seen on many faces. I have been told that tourism numbers continue to increase and from the looks of things July will be another bumper month for the city, the festival and the country. I and other team members are in discussion with the police and the government and I believe we all recognise the positive energy that Reggae Sumfest brings to the people of Montego Bay and to the country. I’m confident that the government will do the right thing and I’m confident that the people will do the right thing. Let’s celebrate together, Our Music, Our festival – Reggae Sumfest.  Thank you.

 

Remarks by the Minister of Culture, Gender,
Entertainment and Sport
the Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP
at Launch of Reggae Sumfest 2018
Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Record
30 May 2018
Salutations

I think that all who have shared in the Reggae Sumfest experience over the last 25 years will agree that the promoters have got it just right.

This is indeed the greatest Reggae festival on earth.

I am proud to see the continuation over the years and the value that Reggae Sumfest has brought and continues to bring to Jamaica’s music industry.

Before Reggae Sumfest, there was Reggae Sunsplash and I want to pay tribute to those who gave of their time and effort to make it a reality.  That event gave birth to a large number of festivals around the world including Rottotom Sunsplash, Reggae on the River and numerous others across all continents.

So it is time again to experience “Our Music” right here at home. Reggae Sumfest 2018 in Montego Bay!

I have so many fond memories of this festival since its beginning in 1993.  I applaud the work of the production teams past and present and I commend the vision of Joe Bogdanovich.  He has moved Reggae Sumfest further into the technological sphere while keeping it authentically Jamaican.

Personally, I am looking forward to the “World Sound Clash” event on Thursday, July 19 featuring Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Pink Panther and Ricky Trooper.

The Street Dance on Monday, July 16 on the Hip Street also taps into our authentic Jamaican culture which so many visitors crave and travel to experience each year.

The Breakfast Party fits into an evolving 24-hour party vibe that is becoming quite popular in our entertainment landscape.

The best artistes in Reggae and dancehall will be on show come July 21 and 22.  Based on the line-up, this may be one of the best years of Reggae Sumfest.

This evening, I also want to speak to you a little about the importance of sustaining festivals such as Reggae Sumfest that highlight Jamaican music and culture.  We know for a fact that worldwide it is the Culture and Creative Industries that are leading the growth of the economies of many countries.

In addition, within the creative industries, it is the festivals, and what is now dubbed “the Festival Economy” that are providing economic sustainability across the world.

I am determined that our festivals, particularly our music festivals, will play a significant role in building the economy.  So many people benefit from our music festivals — from the big executives, to event planners, to production teams, to artistes and performers, to vendors, to the peanut man, to the dressmakers, to taxi operators.

There is space for everyone to earn in the festival economy.

On June 13, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will partner with the British Council and the JCDC to host an all-day seminar and workshop called “Festival X”, to equip our festival organisers with the information, technical support and seed funding to ensure that we “up di ting” in professionalism and creating unforgettable experiences.

In applauding the Reggae Sumfest Team, I wish to pay tribute to Robert Russell for his commitment to Reggae Sumfest, working along with Joe who has put his money were his mouth is.

My Ministry is working to unearth and develop creative talent and business capacity towards building the festival economy and delivering prosperity to our people.

 

Congratulations again and I anticipate another wonderful staging of the greatest Reggae show on earth — Our Music, Our Festival.

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Capleton to close Sumfest reggae night

June 01, 2018
Capleton in full flight on stage.

Capleton the Fireman will be closing night two, popularly called Reggae Night, of this year’s renewal of Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest.

“Capleton always delivers, so it doesn’t matter if he’s on Dancehall Night or Reggae Night. He blazes the stage whenever he touches it,” Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of Sumfest, said.

“He’s been one of those performers over the years that gets better each time. He’s a guy that has fire in his heart, fire in his soul, and he lights things up, so we’re looking forward to what he has to offer this year. Reggae Night is going to be something special, and people are going to see that we didn’t need international acts to come here and excite and pull a crowd because we have top-notch international acts right here at home,” Bogdanovich added.

Several top artistes have been billed to perform on night two of the festival. They include Beres Hammond, Jr Gong, Maxi Priest, Cham, J Bogg, Jesse Royal Jahdore, Fantan Mojah, Empress Ayeola and Raging Fyah.

Bogdanovich, who took over Sumfest in 2016, said his aim for the festival this year is to make Reggae Night as big as Dancehall Night.

“Every year, I think about how we can top the year before because growth is important for me. When we cut out International Nght, a lot of people were sceptical, but since then, Dancehall Night has grown to where we’ve seen record turnouts, and the aim now is to get the numbers up for Reggae Night as well,” he said.

MORE EXCITEMENT

“We have seen where Reggae Night has grown, but it’s not where we want it to be yet. Dancehall Nnight carries the most excitement of the two nights in terms of the buzz from people, and we want to get that excitement level up for Reggae Night as well.”

Bogdanovich said that this year’s line-up for Reggae Night was specifically designed to increase the excitement on the night.

“We have a very good line-up this year with a few surprises expected on Reggae Night, so we hope to top Dancehall Night this year. Jr Gong is going to be fabulous, and it will be his birthday, so expect something special from him. Beres always delivers, and Maxi Priest, too, is going to be phenomenal,” he said.

Meanwhile, there have been talks that dancehall’s leading lady, Spice, will be closing Dancehall Night this year. However, with just over a month to go until the greatest reggae show on earth takes over the city of Montego Bay, it is still unclear who the 2018 closer will be. “I can guarantee whoever that person is, they will perform to a packed venue because nobody will be leaving until the show ends, and trust me, they’re going to want to wait and see,” he said.

“We have artistes clamouring to close the show, so whoever that will be, they will be excited, and they will give it their best. It’s going to be a high-energy performance, and it will be worth it.”

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Reggae Sumfest 2018 launched in Kingston

Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae Sumfest 26 was launched yesterday in an evening of flair involving impassioned speeches and captivating performances, all amidst an environment of high energy.

The event, which took place at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, was emceed by the vibrant Miss Kitty who remarked about the importance of music and the role it plays in Jamaica’s culture today.

The main speaker for the night was the Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, who took a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the genesis of Reggae Sumfest

“This is indeed the greatest reggae festival on earth. I’m proud to see the continuation over the years and the value that it has brought and continues to bring to Jamaica. Before there was Reggae Sumfest there was Reggae Sunsplash and I want to pay tribute to those who gave of their time and effort to make it a reality,” she said.

Also speaking at the event was Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Entertainment, organisers of Reggae Sumfest.

“This year’s line-up is simply awesome. We have expanded the festival to eight days with seven preview and post events and two weekend live stage shows. Last year’s festival was great but this year is even more promising; there’s something for everyone,” stated Bogdanovich.

He also welcomed four major new sponsors for the festival stating, “I want to recognise the addition of four new mega sponsors, Mastercard, Jet Blue, NCB and GraceKennedy.

“I also want to thank all the sponsors who have been with us from the beginning, without you none of this would have been possible”.

The evening concluded with performances by Bounty Killer, JahDore, Teejay, Fantan Mojah, among others.

Reggae Sumfest 2018 will run from July 15-22, with the festival nights 1 and 2 on the 20th and 21st respectively. Some of the most recognisable names in Jamaican music have been confirmed including Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Beres Hamond, Spice, and Popcaan.

Balford Henry

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Reggae Sumfest Awaits Tommy Lee Sparta

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | Christopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

Tommy Lee

WESTERN BUREAU:

With his release from police custody without charge yesterday, the way has now been paved for dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta to appear as one of the headline acts at the 2018 staging of Reggae Sumfest.

In an interview with The Gleaner yesterday, shortly after St James Senior Parish Judge Sandria Wong-Small ordered Tommy Lee’s release, Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of Reggae Sumfest, said that he welcomed the news and is looking forward to a stellar performance by the artiste.

“Tommy Lee was booked for Sumfest two months ago, so, naturally, we are happy that he is now free to perform,” said Bogdanovich.

When quizzed as to what advice he would give Tommy Lee, who has been having regular run-ins with the police for the past three years, Bogdanovich, who also heads Downsound Records, had one, simple word of advice.

DEVELOP YOUR BRAND

“I would tell him to focus on his music, and leave the side issues alone,” said Bogdanovich, who intimated that if artistes paid more attention to developing their craft and their brands as entertainers, there would be less room for the issues that sometimes land them in trouble.

Tommy Lee, whose given name is Leroy Russell, is originally from Flanker in St James but has been based in Kingston over the past four years. He was arrested on Sunday, May 20, shortly after he had performed at the culmination show for the 2018 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall showcase in Kingston.

Last Tuesday, Judge Sandria Wong-Small ordered the police to either charge the entertainer or release him by yesterday. With no charges laid against him, the judge order the artiste’s immediate release from the Freeport Police Station, where he was being held.

“With all due respect, I do not agree that he [Tommy Lee] has been properly taken into custody under the SOE (state of public emergency) in these particular circumstances. I do not find that he is properly detained, and he needs to be released,” said Wong-Small.