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“Curvy Diva cried as her dream of performing on Sumfest comes true” — Jamaia STAR

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Curvy Diva cried as her dream of performing on Sumfest comes true Shereita Grizzle

July 21, 2018
Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett said she cried all day on Friday when she realised that her dream of performing on the Sumfest stage as an artiste was about to come true.

“It never even matter what time me work, I was just happy to be here,”  Curvy Diva told The STAR after her Sumfest debut.

“People don’t understand just how much tonight means to me. Working in the media, I was living vicariously through the artistes on stage. I was running back and forth, interviewing artistes at Sumfest over the years, and I said to myself one day I will be on that stage so I was definitely emotional tonight,” she said.

The ‘Lifestyle artiste steered clear of the controversial issues that thrust her into the spotlight in the months leading up to her debut performance at Reggae Sumfest. She said she deliberately did not indulge, adding that her aim was to deliver a performance that would cement her place as one to watch out for in the future.

And that she did as she delivered an energetic set.

“At the end of the day, I don’t want everything I do to surround controversy like I’m the queen or something. This is a moment me a pray for fi a very long time so me never wah highlight the controversy. Me nah try give this moment to no badmind, no man, no bad energy,” she said.

“I am here to stay so this is not my first and last Sumfest, watch out for Yanique,” said Cuvy Diva.

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“New artistes glad for Sumfest break” — Jamaica STAR

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New artistes glad for Sumfest break Shereita Grizzle

July 21, 2018
Accid

Up-and-coming artistes who touched the stage at this year’s festival Night One at Reggae Sumfest are happy they got the chance to showcase their talent to the world.

Former Magnum King of the Dancehall, Accid, was among the fresh acts to perform at ‘the greatest reggae show’ on Friday night.

“Just to be on the stage was a blessing,” he told The STAR. “We give thanks for the opportunity and we a guh work it as long as the chance come round, no matter the time.”

Accid was crowned Magnum Kings of Dancehall in 2016.

“It’s a good platform because from me win Magnum people a ask wah gwaan fi Accid. We have songs out deh pan the radio but people dem wah see me and now they got the chance to. This is a show that stream worldwide to thousands of people so wah more me coulda ask for. Me get to showcase me talent and more people see me, a lot of opportunities can come from this so I want to say thanks to the Sumfest organisers for putting me out there,” Accid said.

Another of the fresh artistes to perform at Sumfest was Kim Nain.

“This my first ever big stage so it was a big deal for me just being here. I was nervous but me overcome and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my talent with so many people,” she said.

Kim Nain last year decided to take a break from her law career and focus on her musical career. She believes that the opportunity to perform on Sumfest stage will only help her career to grow.

“Reggae Sumfest is being streamed all over the world so, we, up-and-coming artistes need this, especially us women. People keep asking where are the women in music but it’s not that we aren’t there, it’s that a lot of us aren’t getting the opportunities we need to help establish us. We need more opportunities like Sumfest so more foods can open for more young talent,” she said.


 Tosh Alexander was among the new artistes on Sumfest this year.

 

“Mighty Crown rules Sumfest World Clash” — Jamaica STAR

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Mighty Crown rules Sumfest World Clash

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Okoye Henry photo Mighty Crown’s Masta Simon (left) and Sammi T unleash more of their hits.

Popular Japanese sound system, Mighty Crown, emerged victorious in the Reggae Sumfest 2018 World Clash.

The jam-packed and energetic event was held at Pier One in Montego Bay on Thursday night, where the five-time World Clash champion faced off against Pink Panther, Ricky Trooper and Tony Matterhorn for the title.

Each sound system was given a 10-minute slot across four rounds to prove their mettle to patrons, who acted as judge, jury and executioners for the night.

The first round was mainly a warm-up exercise for the sound systems, who also used the time to pitch an early campaign for the crowd’s approval before eliminations began in round two.

It was Pink Panther who was ousted at the end of the second round, to the dismay of some fans calling for Ricky Trooper’s head to roll. They, however, soon got their wish as the two-time World Clash champion and veteran sound was ejected at the end of the third round.

It was down to Mighty Crown and Tony Matterhorn in a ‘chune fi chune’ face-off. Matterhorn laid on the onslaught with hit dubs from the likes of Tommy Lee, Rygin King, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, and even 50 Cent.

Mighty Crown, however, with Masta Simon, Sammi T and Ninja at the helm, was ready and dropped tracks from the timeless Super Cat, Beres Hammond and Jimmy Cliff to eke out a win and walk away with the title.

“We have been doing this with Tony Matterhorn for a long time so we knew how to bring it to him,” Sammi T told THE STAR. “I know how to bring in my songs so he just could not beat me. It was that kind of night.”

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“Twenty three years romance with Reggae Sumfest” — Jamaica STAR

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Twenty three years romance with Reggae Sumfest

July 20, 2018
Italian Steve Giant (left) poses with dancehall ace Shabba Ranks at a previous staging of Reggae Sumfest.

When Reggae Sunsplash folded in Montego Bay after its 1992 staging, Italian newspaper publisher Steve Giant, a loyal fan of that festival, was left a disappointed man, as making the annual trek to Jamaica had become an integral part of his life.

However, Giant’s disappointment was short-lived as in 1995, he learnt that Reggae Sumfest had replaced Reggae Sunsplash on the Montego Bay entertainment calendar and since then, he has been travelling to Jamaica for the past 23 years to satisfy his passion for reggae music and his growing love for Jamaica.

“My first Reggae Sumfest experience was in 1995. Basically, it’s been 23 years without interruption,” said Giant.

Over the years, it has not only been Reggae Sumfest that has been pulling the big Italian, who also manages a radio station, the Radio Base Popolare Network, which broadcasts reggae from morning to evening.

“I love the music, the parties, the beach… the Jamaican way of life style. That’s why I come back every year,” said Giant.

“Unfortunately, there’s no reggae festival like Reggae Sumfest in Italy … we had a big one, but they moved it to Spain.”

Despite not having a major reggae festival in Italy, Giant says reggae is nonetheless quite big in his homeland. He sees his popular magazine, RASTA SNOB, which he has been producing for more than 30 years, as one of the vehicles driving the growth of the music.

While each new year at Reggae Sumfest gives giant fresh “emotions, sensations, vibrations,” there are some special memories that have not dimmed over time.

“Definitely Shabba Ranks arriving by helicopter,” said Giant, in reflecting on Shabba’s spectacular arrival by helicopter at the venue back in the 1990s. “I also enjoy the clash in music between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, and the many international artistes who have duet with the Jamaican top artistes.”

Like many fans of Reggae Sumfest, Giant is mightily impressive by this year’s star-studded line-up and has identified several acts he can’t wait to see.

“I am looking forward to seeing Damian Marley, Cham, Capleton, Sizzla, Assassin, Beres Hammond, Raging Fyah,” said Giant.

“Stonebwoy To Perform At Reggae Sumfest In Jamaica” — DailyGuideAfrica.Com

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Stonebwoy To Perform At Reggae Sumfest In Jamaica

 

As Reggae Sumfest celebrates its 26th anniversary this year, the greatest and only reggae show in Jamaica has, again, opened its doors to Africa.

Reggae Sumfest’s CEO Joseph Bagdonovich, in his bid to unite through music, has extended an invitation to Ghana’s most popular dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy.

Bagdonovich has also made the streaming free for Africans to watch.

Stonebwoy, who is excited about his first-ever performance at Reggae Sumfest, posted a video of his rehearsal, saying, “It’s a dancehall night this Friday at Montego Bay. Come witness the fire.”

Ghanaians can join the global live stream of Reggae Sumfest on both Friday and Saturday via reggaesumfest.cleeng.com or www.ameyawdebrah.com.

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“Cabana concept brings luxury to Sumfest Beach Party” — Loop Jamaica

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Some patrons who attended the Sumfest “Colour-Fest” Beach Party at Tropical Bliss in Montego Bay, St James on Sunday, enjoyed the event from the vantage point of their cabanas.

The cabana concept, which was introduced to the 26-year-old Reggae Sumfest this year, allowed patrons to rent a cabana for the night. It not only offered a bird’s eye view of the activities, but also the added comfort of a beach bed.

Director of Reggae Sumfest, Robert Russell said the venue, Tropical Bliss, provided the perfect location for the introduction of the cabana concept.

He said patrons “warmed” to the idea which resulted in the cabanas being “sold out” in short order, once the gates to the venue were opened.

“We at Reggae Sumfest are always on a mission to improve the experience of our valued patrons and the Cabana concept presented us with an avenue to add  luxury to the beach party. We obviously didn’t have enough Cabanas to rent, but the patrons who were lucky enough to secure one, were very happy,” Russell said.

“Looking ahead to next year and beyond, we will see how we can add more of these cabanas to the venue while taking into consideration that they will have to be tastefully designed and positioned.”

Meanwhile, patrons who had to be at the venue very early on Sunday in order to rent their cabana, were very pleased they did and commended the organizers of Sumfest for such a futuristic and patron-centred move.

“We are very pleased that we were able to get one of these wonderful cabanas to rent for this party. The world is moving in the direction of bringing luxury to parties and entertainment events and we are happy that Sumfest has joined the trend,” a patron, Michelle Jones said.

Sunday’s Sumfest “Colour-Fest” Beach party saw hundreds of fun-loving party-goers descending on the venue for the high-energy event which was hosted by the “Curvy Diva” Yanique Barrett and Noah Power and featured DJs Team Shella, Jigga and Crazy Neil.

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