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Alkaline conquers Sumfest Dancehall Night with impressive performance

Alkaline on stage at Reggae Sumfest on Saturday morning. (Photo: Marlon Reid)Alkaline on stage at Reggae Sumfest on Saturday morning. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Dancehall sensation Alkaline delivered an impressive performance Saturday morning at Reggae Sumfest, showing improved stage presence during the 30 minutes that he captivated the Catherine Hall, Montego Bay capacity audience.

After being introduced by MC Miss Kitty at minutes to 6am, Alkaline appeared on stage singing his hit single Formula and proceeded to work a set that should go a far way in dismissing doubts about his ability to perform on a stage show.

He then reeled off City, ATM, Impact and Extra Lesson among other hits, working both ends of the stage and receiving loud cheers of approval from both men and women.

In between songs, he took shots at one his rivals, Montego Bay’s hometown son, Tommy Lee, calling him “Nyammi Lee”, which sparked laughter and excitement in the crowd.

Dean Fraser (left) joins Alkaline on stage.

His first diss of Tommy Lee came early in his set, when after completing City, he said, “pu..y Nyammi Lee a hope yuh hear this, because yuh deh backstage.”

He would repeat the “Nyammi Lee” diss of his nemesis, who was set to close the show, later in his performance.

Another sign that Alkaline has been putting thoughts and efforts behind his stage performance was when he called on saxophonist Dean Fraser to help him perform Son Of A Queen, which he dedicated to his mother.

And having already whipped the audience into a frenzy, he closed his set with Afterall – the video of which recently triggered a high level investigation – to loud approval.

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Closing acts Sizzla, Beenie brought solid end to Sumfest 2017

 Sizzla Kalonji performs last Sunday as he brought the curtains down on Reggae Sumfest 2017. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)Sizzla Kalonji performs last Sunday as he brought the curtains down on Reggae Sumfest 2017. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Veteran entertainer Sizzla Kalonji was in fine form at Reggae Sumfest 2017, closing the show with a stellar performance that had the hundreds remaining for his act thoroughly involved during his set at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

With the early morning sun belting, Sizzla ‘heated’ up the venue even further with a fiery performance that had him doing hits after hits. At times, he enticed the crowd with just a verse before moving onto a next song while reminding them that it was Selassie’s birthday.

He also joined the throng of artistes on the show to condemn the spate of violence in Montego Bay and implored the youths to stop it.

“Unuh a kill off unuh self too much,” he said.

Being of the rasta conviction, Sizzla did a number of songs dedicated to his faith, but also had some for the ladies, the system, “rude boys” and his mother.

Among the songs that Sizzla did were: Guns Out, Good Ways, Simplicity, Solid As A Rock, Praise Ye Jah, Rise To The Occasion, Woman I Need You, Dry Cry, Thank You Mama and Run Out Pon Dem.

Earlier, the penultimate act, Beenie Man, delivered his typical entertaining set, and was well-received by the crowd.

Beenie Man

‘The Doctor’ was in his element as he reeled off a number of his hits during his hour-long set; he also danced and joked with the audience, adding to his performance.

After doing some introductory songs backstage, Beenie Man started his act just after 7:00 am Sunday morning with Who Am I, and did nearly 40 songs during his extended stint that also had guest performers, including one of his daughters. When his performance ended with I Am Okay, he had captivated the audience.

Among his guests was Press Kay, a female with whom he performed Healing, a duet that was originally recorded with Lady Saw. Press Kay sung Lady Saw’s section and danced in front of Beenie Man.

They had the crowd in stitches when Press Kay started singing to Beenie Man “remember when mi put it pon you,” and again tried to engage him in a dance, to which he responded “Krystal (his partner) a guh chop up you”.

Among the other songs that Beenie delivered to ‘forwards’ were Romie, Old Dawg, Tear Off Mi Garment, Blackboard, Modelling, Dude, King Of The Dancehall, Let’s Go and Certain Gal.

http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/closing-acts-sizzla-beenie-brought-solid-end-sumfest-2017

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Reggae Sumfest 2017: Fashionable highlights

Not only were the performances epic and memorable at Reggae Sumfest 2017, but so was the fashion.

Patrons came out in their numbers for the star-studded event. They sported a myriad of looks ranging from afro-centric to fashionably chic.

Bold and adventurous hairstyles could be spotted all around as well and, in true dancehall style, some ladies were skimpily clad. The men, not to be outdone by the females, looked suave and effortlessly chic in suits and stylishly embellished footwear.

Take a look at some of the fashionable highlights that were caught by Loop News photographer Marlon Reid.

They were styling at Sumfest 2017

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Patoranking: Taking Jamaica by storm ON JULY 29, 2017

By BENJAMIN NJOKU

Saturday, July 22, would remain significant in the annals of history, not because it was the day  the  biggest reggae festival in the world- the Reggae Sumfest shut down Jamaica. But importantly,the day Nigerian dancehall star, Patoranking broke the record as  the first African artiste to perform at the festival. The ‘My Woman, My Everything’,  singer took to his Instagram page to express his happiness. He  said  his unborn children would one day learn about his legacies as the first African artistes to perform at the reggae festival. ‘My kids will be taught in school how their father was the first African artiste to perform at the biggest reggae festival in the world. If you believe it you can achieve it…I pray for  my colleagues/African artistes to experience the same  open doors.’ ‘I may never have come this far if I don’t have doubting Thomas dem/haters but please don’t stop doubting or hating I really need more of that.  Am already in 2018 and my New video just dropped….Welcome to my World,’ he wrote.

Patoranking Expressing further excitement, Patoranking, who performed alongside Jamaican great reggae stars such as Alkaline, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Dexta Daps, Spice, and Tommy Lee Sparta at the historic festival, narrated how he sang ‘Alubarika’, the song  that changed his life to over 20,000 people in Jamaica. Sharing his excitement with Jamaican Splash, in an interview, 27-year-old, Patoranking whose  real names are Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, said:

  ‘I can’t find the words to accurately express how I feel… it’s a dream come true for me, a really big deal. But first and foremost, this one will go down in the history books and this is something I will tell my kids — that I was the first African artiste to perform on the Reggae Sumfest stage in Jamaica. I am so happy to be here in a country I have dreamed about so much, sharing in this vibrant culture and learning more about these beautiful people.”

Patoranking couldn’t wait to excite Jamaican audience with his electrifying performance. His hit My Woman, My Everything, has truly earned him a legion of fans in Jamaica, with his recognisable dancehall flavour on top of a undeniable Afrobeat rhythm.

“I have always wanted to be the voice of the voiceless. So my music and lyrics must always say something for those who can’t speak for whatever reason. With My Woman, My Everything, I strongly believe there is someone… a taximan, a bus driver and conductor, who needs the words to express himself to the woman in his life, and this is the perfect track. I have to give big respect to Wande Coal who collaborated with me on that track and provided such a great hook. For Jamaicans to know and love my track is just another amazing thing for me. I grew up on reggae and dancehall music. I knew them before I knew about hip hop. I knew of Jamaica before so many other countries in the world. So for my music to be available to Jamaicans is just another moment for me.”

Patoranking’s  hit song ‘My Woman, My Everything’, reportedly has earned him a legion of fans in Jamaica, with his recognizable dancehall flavour on top of a undeniable Afrobeat rhythm. “I have always wanted to be the voice of the voiceless. So my music and lyrics must always say something for those who can’t speak for whatever reason. With My Woman, My Everything, I strongly believe there is someone… a taxi man, a bus driver and conductor, who needs the words to express himself to the woman in his life, and this is the perfect track. I have to give big respect to Wande Coal who collaborated with me on that track and provided such a great hook. For Jamaicans to know and love my track is just another amazing thing for me. I grew up on reggae and dancehall music. I knew them before I knew about hip hop. I knew of Jamaica before so many other countries in the world. So for my music to be available to Jamaicans is just another moment for me,” he said.

Since the first edition of the festival in 1993, Reggae Sumfest, “the biggest concert festival in Jamaica”, has attracted top artists in the genre including Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Damian and Stephen Marley and others. Pop acts 50 Cent, Usher and Rihanna have also performed at the festival. Patoranking, who took the Nigerian music scene by storm in 2015, with his hit ‘ Alubarika’ has continued to be a force to reckon with, in African music scene. He is a judge on the singing talent show The Voice Nigeria.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/patoranking-taking-jamaica-storm/

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Jahmiel pleased with Sumfest performance

July 26, 2017
Jahmiel delivers a passionate performance.

Billboard Magazine writer Pat Meschino has given credit to Jahmiel for his performance at Reggae Sumfest. According to Meschino, the Gain The World singer was brilliant among a sea of stars, and perhaps took his career to a next level.

“Jahmiel delivered a brilliant, career elevating set at Reggae Sumfest early this morning (Saturday), following Nigeria’s Patoranking, who was also great, and got a wonderful response from the audience, many of whom were hearing his music for the first time. But Jahmiel took things to another level, in a well-paced, focused, and razor sharp performance,” Pat Meschino posted on Instagram.

Backed by the iconic Ruff Kutt band, Jahmiel delivered a slew of songs from his growing catalogue, including “Where Were You”, “Things Take Time”, “Strongest Soldier” and “Gain the World”.

When asked if he was pleased with his set, Jahmiel said: “I am pleased with my performance. I went out there to deliver and introduce myself to the people, and I feel I did just that. Big up the bands, Ruff Kutt, and the entire Reggae Sumfest team”.

Set to depart the island on Thursday, Jahmiel has a hectic six-week schedule coming up with performances in Connecticut, New Jersey, Kansas City, Atlanta, Chicago, Naples in Florida and British Virgin Islands, as well as RTI Weekend in Negril.

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These festival-goers just turned up the heat with their summer style.

In case your summer wardrobe needs a facelift, let the fashionable festival goers from 2017’s Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, aka, the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth,” help you get it done.

Beenie Man Wore Head-to-Toe Gucci

Beenie Man Wore Head-to-Toe Gucci

For decades, Jamaicans have carved out their own unique lane in fashion. Bright colors, fishnets, headwraps, and flowy/earthy pieces have been staples of the culture that continue to be remixed by each generations to follow. Tourists and locals alike gathered on the festival grounds in Montego Bay, Jamaica for Sumfest’s week-long 25th anniversary celebration, looking fresh AF while doing it. Safe to say, the off-the-wall performances weren’t the only attractions turning heads. CLICK HERE to Cruise through the gallery below to see the bright and bold street style from Reggae Sumfest 2017 .

Capleton aka “King Shango” in his custom suit showed how a real RASta man makes an entrance

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The Wicked Street Style of Reggae Sumfest 2017

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Clash Stream Question ?

SoundClash Cloud Opinion Piece

Reggae Sumfest showed us how it should be live stream shows and events they should be free. Facebook live is free Youtube is and U stream is free there are many many other free platforms to stream content but VRA still choose to exploit the clash fans with continued overpriced very poor quality live streams. VRA streams are no better than Facebook live streams the truth is Facebook live streams are considerably better than VRA streams because Facebook info structure is far far superior to VRA. The promoters who choose to use VRA are watering down their own brand by partnering with people from outside of our community who are proven to only be looking to exploit.

Reggae Sumfest is without a doubt one of the biggest events in Jamaica dancehall/reggae with some of the biggest artiste in the business performing over the 2 nights so how does Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica provide blip free streaming worldwide not only in HD but in 360 too for free not a penny, however, promotors in America want to charge 40 and 50 dollars to watch 5 hours of frankly rubbish ?

Reggae Sumfest live stream free live stream highlights how VRA has been exploiting promotors and clash fans worldwide $5 is the most VRA should charge for streams the facts are VRA is not black owned VRA owners are white English that’s why they have no empathy or compassion if you are in a VRA dance and you try to stream the dance the security will threaten you with removal that is the precise reason the VRA chat room closed people from outside the culture trying to dictate to those whose culture it is.

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In Jamaica, Festival Style Is Coolest After Dark

On the island of Jamaica, personal style has always gone hand in hand with music, starting with Bob Marley’s understated tracksuits and the khaki-shirted swagger of cult ’70s reggae movie Rockers. The dapper looks on the scene this past weekend at Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s biggest and longest-running music festival, were no exception. Locals, tourists, and reggae enthusiasts from far and wide converged on the open-air grounds of Catherine Hall in Montego Bay to witness the 25th anniversary of this midsummer event. With a lineup of artists that ran from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., the festival had attendees bringing their freshest looks into the wee hours of the morning.

The weekend’s style standouts included Beenie Man, the undisputed king of dancehall, who came dressed in head-to-toe Gucci, and Capleton, the legendary roots reggae star, who stepped out in a custom three-piece look that could have easily come down the runway at Comme des Garçons. Here, a glimpse at the island’s singular take on festival style.
http://www.vogue.com/article/reggae-sumfest-jamaica-festival-street-style/amp