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Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.
Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.
Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.






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Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.
Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.

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Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.
Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.



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Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.
Downsound Entertainment thanks the people of Jamaica, all the Reggae and Dancehall fans worldwide, and all of the artists, partners and sponsors for making Reggae Sumfest 2017 one for the record books and one of the greatest festivals ever in Jamaica….and helping us take the spirit, music, and culture of Jamaica proudly to the world….see you again July 15 – 21 , 2018 for the 26th Reggae Sumfest.

Sumfest Lives up to Billing

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Beyond Reggae Sumfest: The ‘festivalisation’ of Jamaica’s music and cities

Donovan Watkis
Sunday, July 30, 2017

 

Excerpts from the article….
The recent success of Reggae Sumfest could be replicated in communities across the island. If the success of Reggae Sumfest is any example to go by, the artistes, Government, and other festival producers should look towards liberalising the development of Jamaica’s music industry one community at a time. With weekly or monthly live festivals that are unique to each community, new life could be injected into the whole country. The artistes would have more spaces to rehearse, and there would be an improvement in the quality of artistic output from their recordings and performances. It is in our nature to sing, to dance, and to celebrate. So why not make community building a more holistic experience, where people will be genuinely interested in their development through regular festivals for the benefit of all?

Jamaican artistes still manage to deliver the best shows and make some of the most inspiring music for the world. Recently I saw Beenie Man, Sizzla and Jah Cure entertain the crowd at a world-class level at the Reggae Sumfest 2017, for over an hour each. Their sets didn’t require any lights or backdrop fanfare because they performed in the early morning sunlight. It was more than spectacular to watch them with just a band, a stage, the audience, and a mic.

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“Capacity Crowd For Sumfest 25” Published by The Jamaica Gleaner

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Capacity Crowd For Sumfest 25

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 7:00 AM Janet Silvera

Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Lynch, flanked by his children Sean (left) and Rose.

Josef Bogdanovich and his DownSound Entertainment team were forced to turn back patrons on Friday night (July 21), as thousands flocked to the Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay, St James, for Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

The crowd may not have been the largest in the event’s 25-year history, but with the venue transformed to accommodate a larger VIP section, and a number of other changes, space was tight.

Those who came out were hungry to hear the likes of Dexta Daps, Spice, Alkaline, Mavado, Aidonia, Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee, a fact that had Bogdanvich, chairman of Summerfest Productions, organisers of the festival, elated.

“When you put together a line-up such as the one we did, with the hottest acts in reggae/dancehall music sharing the same stage, you can only expect good things, and we are very pleased with the result. Patrons came out in droves and the venue was at capacity, and we had to close the gates to manage that and ensure the safety of those in and around the venue,” said Bogdanovich.

He added that he was even more pleased that despite the massive crowd, the one-week festival, which kicked off on July 16 with a beach party at Tropical Bliss, was incident-free.

“I think patrons got their money’s worth and more, as several of the performances were simply amazing,” said Bogdanovich.

The group obviously has a lot to be proud of, particularly with the stellar performances exhibited on Saturday night by the all-star team of Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Richie Stephens, Queen Ifrica, Stephen Marley and Sizzla.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/outlook/20170730/capacity-crowd-sumfest-25

VIBE Magazine : Reggae Sumfest 2017: The Best Weekend In Festival History

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‘Reggae Sumfest 2017′ The Best Weekend In Festival History

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Mikey Fresh | August 1, 2017 – 4:47 pm

For 25 years, Jamaica’s annual Reggae Sumfest festival has been celebrated as the biggest and best weekend for Caribbean music lovers. Throughout the years, legends like Damian Marley, Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Beres Hammond, Tony Rebel, Andy Vernon, Frankie Paul and so on have graced the stage in Montego Bay for fans far and near.

This year, VIBE flew down with the good folks at Red Stripe for a full weekend of groovy music, local cuisine and of course all the Jamaican hospitality one could ask for. It all started in the heart of the islands — Kingston — which is also home to the Red Stripe brewery. We were treated to a full tour of the facility and a history lesson on the beer’s origins. First developed by pioneers Paul H. Geddes and Bill Martindale in 1928, the lager has stood the test of time and remains as the brew of choice by locals — and of course Jamaica-obsessed reggae fans from all over the world.

As the most historic and connected beverage to reggae culture, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t also sample some of the goods. Lucky for us, they had a fresh batch of their new sorrel and lemon infused beers, both of which carry subtle undertones of their respective fruity flavors, without being overbearing. These are the perfect pairings for local favorites like jerk chicken and braised oxtails. However, Red Stripe fanatics stateside will have to wait a bit longer until the specialty beers are available in the U.S. (we recommend sending some demanding emails to the company to speed this process up).

“Red Stripe is very much a part of the dancehall and reggae scene,” says Andrew Anguin, marketing manager for Caribbean imports at Red Stripe. “It’s important for us to have a real presence in the culture, deeper than just selling beer. As a native Jamaican, I’ve seen Sumfest grow into an iconic event that has helped shape festival culture here. We see it as a global platform and hope to take to other countries in the future.”

With a serious passion and love for the brand, Andrew hopes to help take Red Stripe and Sumfest to new heights in the years to come. After spending several extended dinners (island time) with the cordial brand ambassador, we quickly realized that his strong presence within the company comes from his dedication to helping spread Jamaican culture to the world.

From Kingston, we headed out to Ocho Rios for an outdoor excursion that included cliff diving, lazy river tubing and a much needed visit to Scotchies for some of the best jerk chicken, pork and grilled kingfish we had throughout our trip. Things only elevated from there — literally. After an hour or so ride in our trusty Red Stripe shuttle bus we arrived at the famous Golden Eye airport where we boarded a single engine plane for a magnificent guided tour of the lush shorelines and blue waters until we arrived in Montego Bay. Honestly, the ride was a bit nerve racking but the views were breathtaking and truly unforgettable.

After settling in at the Secrets Hotel and Resort, conveniently located 5 minutes from Sumfest festival grounds, it was time to prepare for two long nights of nonstop reggae and dancehall music. And we do mean NONSTOP because each night the party starts at 10 PM and doesn’t end until well after 9 AM the next morning, but the fans wouldn’t have it any other way. With an all-star lineup that included Alkaline, Spice, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Tory Lanez, Tommy Lee Sparta, Mavado, Queen Ifrica, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Jah Cure and many more, we did all we could to stay awake for the madness.

Sumfest isn’t your average festival, the collective synergy that builds up throughout the night makes for a euphoric feeling that takes over your body with each act. We were particularly blown away by Spice and Tommy Lee, who both represent for all generations of reggae. Mr. Sparta even blessed VIBE with a wicked freestyle after a little poolside conversation.

With the bass booming from the speakers, we feasted on patties and homemade treats from a variety of local vendors while keeping cool with bucket after bucket of ice cold Red Stripe. Other acts like Beeanie Man and Jah Cure reminded us of why we fell in love with reggae in the first place — with their sets packed with hit after hit, and newer stars like Dexta Dabs and Kybaka Pyramid kept us dutty winding to the uppity dancehall vibes for hours on end.

One thing is for sure, we’ll be back next year to do it all over again. As long at the chunes keep churning from the islands and the brews keep flowing, there is nothing that will stop us from becoming SumFest regulars.
Cheers!

https://www.vibe.com/2017/08/red-stripe-reggae-sum-fest-recap-dancehall/

Alkaline conquers Sumfest Dancehall Night with impressive performance

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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.

Closing Acts Beenie Man & Sizzla brought a “Solid End” to Reggae Sumfest 2017

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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