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Billboard highlights Joe Bogdanovich’s links with Jamaican music

Monday, May 21, 2018

Joe Bogdanovich (centre) with Reggae Sumfest founders Johnny Gourzong (left) and Robert Russell.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Leading American entertainment publication, Billboard Magazine, has featured Downsound Entertainment boss, Josef Bogdanovich, and his role as one of the most prominent advocates, of Jamaican music both locally and internationally.

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries.

It publishes articles on news, video, opinion, reviews, events and style. It is also known for its music charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Billboard Reggae Chart, tracking the most popular singles and albums in various genres.

The article, released on May 8, chronicles Bogdanovich’s professional life in the music business, going all the way back to his founding of one of the largest concert promotion companies of the 1970s, Los Angeles-based Pacific Presentations.

However, the real highlight of the article was his visionary stewardship of Reggae Sumfest.

By 2016, when he acquired Sumfest, it had suffered scale backs due to low investment and festival management, and could no longer afford the famous international acts to which patrons had become accustomed.

However, in only two years, Bogdanovich has successfully changed the festival’s structure, to feature primarily Jamaican talent and transformed the once struggling Sumfest into the most anticipated musical event in the region.

Despite his praiseworthy leadership of Reggae Sumfest, in the Billboard article Bogdanovich humbly credits his love of the Jamaica and its music as his primary motivation.

I want to highlight reggae and dancehall, to bring more business to Jamaica because it’s a great, blessed island. And I am doing everything I can to support it,” he said.

The full article can be found at: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8455072/starkist-heir-reggae-sumfest-owner-josef-boganovich-profile
Billboard highlights Joe Bogdanovich’s links with Jamaican music

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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.