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The Man Behind Sumfest: Josef James Bogdanovich

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | Latara Boodie
Josef Bogdanovich

Reggae Sumfest is synonymous with amazing vibe, great live entertainment and authentic Jamaican music that many have come from far and wide to witness. It’s that time of year again where our little island will host one of the largest reggae concerts in the Western Hemisphere; but before the excitement starts, let us get to know a few of the directors behind the concert.

Founder and CEO of Downsound Records, Josef James Bogdanovich is a music industry tycoon who wears many hats. He is a successful music producer, record label owner, film writer/producer and businessman who has contributed significantly to several noteworthy Jamaican artistes like Ninja Man, Jah Cure, Ishawna, Lukie D and Fantan Mojah. Outlook got an insight into the man behind the music, his interests and what it means to be a father.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music?

When it comes to hobbies, I think of time spent outside of the workplace. And outside of the workplace, I think in terms of health, energy and sound mind. Health is proper diet, and to understand the meaning of balance. Good health provides clean energy which, in turn, provides more joy in my day-to-day living experience. Sound mind provides clarity in analysis and how one interacts with people. There should be more balance and joy in our living.

What is your favorite song or artiste, and why?

Favourite songs for me come in an instant. What catches my fancy first. So it can change quickly. But right now, Steflon Don’s song “Heard You Got A New Girlfriend” is top pocket.

Today, more than ever, fans are quick with their feelings and opinions. Everybody is in the firm grip of Steve Jobs, who literally put the world at our fingertips through mobile phones, apps and social media. So we all are glued to our mobile devices. Our attention span is now abbreviated. We multitask. We flex like a hummingbird, moving quickly from one song to the next. Enjoy the nectar while it lasts.

Who would you want to see live in concert that you have not seen before (dead or alive) right now?

Bruno Mars and Cardi B.

When in a good mood, which song would you sing in the shower?

Good mood? That’s too personal.

What do you do to start your day?

I have breakfast with my son, drive him to school then go to the gym, then shower; coffee, then work all day into the night … every day until Sumfest is done.

What is your most prized

possession?

My relationships.

Outlook: What is your liquor of choice?

Red Stripe.

What are you looking forward to the most from this year’s Sumfest?

A festival experience that is on the level of the best globally. This means eight days and nights of diversified entertainment, innovative productions and service. Something to go home with, that shows how unique and wonderful Jamaica really is. The Sumfest experience.

Do you have any pet peeves?

I do not retain pet peeves. Only pets.

What is your philosophy or saying that you live by?

Live clean, think clean and contribute something good to mankind. Love your family and your neighbours.

Father’s Day Bonus:

Number of children.

Boy and girl.

What do you enjoy the most about being a father?

I enjoy experiencing and participating in my children’s growth. Sharing their uncanny experiences makes me very happy.

Top lessons you have learnt from being a dad.

Spend time with your children. Understand how much value it brings to both your child and to yourself.

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REGGAE SUMFEST 2018 IN GIAMAICA

“Musica, divertimento e paesaggi da togliere il fiato: dal 15 al 22 luglio Montego Bay apre le porte al Reggae Sumfest 2018 per una 7 giorni di eventi imperdibili all’insegna della musica Reggae”

L’estate in Giamaica è sotto il segno della musica. Con i caldi raggi di sole arriva anche uno degli appuntamenti più attesi di tutto il calendario giamaicano. È iniziato, infatti, il conto alla rovescia per la venticinquesima edizione del Reggae Sumfest, uno dei più importanti appuntamenti internazionali con la musica reggae. Dal 15 al 22 luglioMontego Bay si trasformerà in un palcoscenico a cielo aperto per ospitare i più importanti artisti del panorama locale e internazionale e puntare i riflettori sul genere reggae dancehall. Per l’occasione tanta musica, una vivace atmosfera e ospiti d’eccezione travolgeranno l’isola caraibica.

Fin dal lontano 1993, momento in cui venne istituito il festival, la Giamaica apre le porte alla rassegna musicale che celebra il groove e la sua patria. Artisti del calibro di RihannaKanye WestUsherChristopher BrownAlicia KeysNicky Minaj50 CentLionel Ritchie e tanti altri, si sono alternati sul palcoscenico di Montego Bay per omaggiare la cultura musicale di questo paese ed offrire a tutti gli amanti del genere spettacoli ineguagliabili. A seguito dell’enorme successo delle precedenti edizioni, per il 2018 è stata prevista una la line up di eventi che si alternerà per un’intera settimana. L’inizio dei festeggiamenti sarà il 15 luglio con il The Colorfest Beach Party presso la Tropical Bliss Beach. Seguiranno il The Free Street Dance and Party il 16 luglio sulla Hip Strip, il The All White Party al Pier One il 17 luglio, il The Blitz Party all’Hard Rock Cafe il 18 luglio e il 20° anniversario dell’Irish & Chin’s World Clash il 19 luglio al Pier One Event Center. La festa continuerà con il The Main Festival Nights del 20 e 21 luglio, al Catherine Hall Entertainment Center, dove entreranno in scena le più grandi star del Reggae e della Dancehall con un intrattenimento che durerà tutta la notte.

Il festival musicale calerà il sipario con un appuntamento unico: dalle 7 del mattino, nella spettacolare cornice della Dump Up Beach, l’elettrizzante Morning Meds animerà la spiaggia per l’intera giornata. Il party, che celebrerà il ritmo e il talento degli artisti, permetterà di assistere a performance live e trascorrere l’intera giornata tra divertimento e buona musica.

James Bond Beach (Photo credits StandeHaas.com)

Tutti i fortunati che avranno l’opportunità di vivere dal vivo queste indimenticabili esperienze ed entrare in contatto con la vera anima della Giamaica potranno acquistare i biglietti per i singoli appuntamenti, per il weekend o per l’intera settimana direttamente sul sito web del Reggae Sumfest 2018. Per tutti gli amanti del genere musicale che invece non potranno unirsi al festival reggae più conosciuto al mondo, anche quest’anno, avranno la possibilità di seguire i concerti in diretta streaming per tutto il corso della settimana.

Frenchmen’s Cove (Photo credits StandeHaas.com)

Complice il festival musicale, la settimana del 15 – 22 di luglio rappresenta uno dei periodi migliori per scoprire la Giamaica. Proprio per l’occasione, Rasta Snob Movement offre la possibilità di unirsi al Jamaica Sumfest trip 2018, “il viaggio più stupefacente dell’estate”. Con un pacchetto di 15 giorni, 8 notti a Montego Bay e 6 notti a Negril (hotel/resort), sarà possibile volare in Giamaica e combinare paesaggi ed esperienze tra Montego Bay, Negril e Nine Miles con una quota di partecipazione di 2.300€(www.rastasnob.it – tel. 339/3183268).

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International interest in Sumfest

Reggae Sumfest partners with Mastercard and JetBlue for new benefits to patrons

BY BALFORD HENRY
Friday, June 08, 2018

Reggae Sumfest boss Joe Bogdanovich, chairman and CEO of Downsound Entertainment (DSE), producers of the iconic Jamaican music festival, has landed a partnership with global payments giant Mastercard.

“The initiative with Mastercard is one which will see us taking the first step towards a cashless festival,” Bogdanovich told the Jamaica Observer.

“Mastercard is a leading global payments and technology company and with its ongoing help, we will continue to take Reggae Sumfest into the technological age,” he added.

This is the second partnership agreement with an international company announced by Bogdanovich since the recent launch of the festival, scheduled for July 15-21 this year at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Last week, he announced that North American carrier JetBlue Airways had been confirmed as one of the premium sponsors of Reggae Sumfest 2018.

According to Bogdanovich, DSE, which acquired the Sumfest Brand in 2016, welcomed the addition of JetBlue to the raft of sponsors.

“The fact that JetBlue, an overseas-based company, recognises the value of the Reggae Sumfest brand on the global scene, clearly demonstrates its growth in influence and importance over its history,” he said.

“Jamaican music, since the 1960s, with the emergence of icons such as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, and Jimmy Cliff, has not only captured the imagination of numerous people across the globe but has been integral to the mushrooming of Brand Jamaica. Reggae Sumfest is, perhaps, the most influential vehicle to leverage and sustain Brand Jamaica and further promote the island and its music,” he noted.

Sepp Donahower, director, global marketing for DSE, pointed out that JetBlue is the official and exclusive airline partner for Reggae Sumfest 2018, and would be the presenting sponsor for the live stream of the festival on all DSE platforms.

Since the acquisition of Reggae Sumfest, DSE has been engaged in bringing world-class high production live streaming and video content of the festival to the world on multiple platforms.

In 2017, Reggae Sumfest’s live stream and uploaded videos recorded more than 1,250,000 views. This year, it is expected to continue this explosive streaming and viewing growth, which brought JetBlue in as a presenting partner for the stream.

Fans will be able to access the live stream through the live streaming page on the festival website reggaesumfest.com, even though, as Bogdanovich pointed out, “there is nothing that can replace the energy and excitement of being at Catherine Hall live”.

JetBlue is New York’s hometown airline and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. The airline carries more than 40 million passengers a year to 102 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights.

“We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve in the past two years. We built on the firm foundation laid by the Summerfest team, and it is our intention to grow the festival further. In keeping with that objective, we are offering patrons more and more each year,” Bogdanovich said.

“The use of credit, debit, and prepaid cards and other types of cashless payment options provide a safer and more convenient way for people to shop, and we are pleased to be able to introduce some of these options for Reggae Sumfest,” he said.

“While this year we are offering the more traditional payment options, we look forward to working with Mastercard, which we hope to be our long-term partner, to introduce many more innovative technological solutions to Reggae Sumfest in the years to come,” he stated.

Uhriel Bedoya, Mastercard country manager, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Bermuda, and Haiti, said his company was very excited to partner with Sumfest and to expand the benefits of electronic payments to patrons.

“With extensive experience in supporting the growth of payments, Mastercard is uniquely positioned to provide the platform that can propel Sumfest along increasingly ambitious growth paths,” he added.

He said that one of the major thrusts for Mastercard’s relationship with the festival this year is to offer a 20 per cent discount on tickets for the main festival, on July 20 and 21, when customers pay with a Mastercard branded prepaid or credit card. Additionally, with the Mastercard Fast Lane Entry to the event, Mastercard cardholders can skip the general admission line.

What is more, when concertgoers purchase their tickets with their Mastercard, they will gain entry to an exclusive Mastercard parking area. If the parking reaches maximum capacity, the Mastercard card will give you access to the Mastercard shuttle service.

This year Sumfest will also be introducing another new element into the mix — the Sumfest Mall, which will showcase a variety of authentic Jamaican products for sale.

Marcia McDonnough, Sumfest marketing consultant, said that the producers are very excited about the Sumfest Mall, as it will further enhance the festival experience by offering up to 24 curio shops with a delightful array of fascinating objects of art, craft, jewellery, clothing, leisure products and souvenirs that will serve as mementoes of patrons’ visit to Reggae Sumfest.

“We have carefully selected our merchants to make sure we present top-class items which for the most part are original works and also Jamaican-made. The relationship with Mastercard and the focus on ensuring that we have the equipment that will accept credit and debit cards all across the venue will make it easy for patrons to ensure they leave the festival with something special,” she noted.

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Promoter expects record turnout for Sumfest

March 14, 2018
Photo at left: Tourists enjoying the action at last year’s Sumfest.
With the sales for the second round of early bird tickets for this year’s Reggae Sumfest going fast, organisers are expecting a record turnout for their 25th anniversary staging.

In a recent interview withTHE STAR, Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of Reggae Sumfest, said that tickets sales for this year are going well and explained that the demand has been so great that they have had to make available a second batch of early bird tickets.

Tickets are now available for general and VIP admission for nights one and two, as well as tickets for pre-events/post events, including Colorfest Beach Party, Street Dance, All-White Party, The Blitz Party, The World Clash, featuring Irish & Chin 20th Anniversary and Morning Medz After Party.

Bogdanovich also revealed that when compared to previous years, this year’s sales are going better, and he expects numbers to improve as the date for the festival, dubbed the ‘Greatest reggae show on Earth’, draws near.

Reggae Sumfest will be held in Montego Bay, St James, from July 15 to 22.

The organiser credits the high demand for the tickets to the quality of show patrons get each year.

“This year will be exceptional. Production has been awesome and will continue to be awesome, but what is different every year with Sumfest is that we strive for the unexpected that brings more joy and harmony to the experience,” he said, noting that top reggae acts have already been booked for the show.

“Everyone involved with Sumfest, which involves people and companies all over the world, are proud of what has been done with Reggae Sumfest [since the festival changed its format in 2016]. Plans are going great and the festival is being embraced early both here at home and abroad. Tickets are selling quickly and hotels are already being booked. We are ready for eight days of fun with great entertainment.”

MAIN MISSION

As it relates to the fact that International Night was dropped from the roster, Bogdanovich stressed that the festival’s “main mission is to make Reggae Sumfest the most authentic reggae and dancehall festival in the world.”

To achieve that, the CEO revealed that although there is no ‘International night’ per se, each year the organisers reach out to international acts each year who fit well with the show’s brand.

“We are not solely focusing on Jamaican talent. They are the core and priority, but our main mission is to make Reggae Sumfest the most authentic reggae and dancehall festival in the world. To do this right, you have to reach out to international artistes as well. Each year, we reach out to international artistes who fit well with our own Jamaican artistes, and exemplify the positive and important influence of Jamaican music and culture from all over the world,” he said.

Canada’s Tory Lanez and Patoranking from Nigeria have performed on the show, as both acts have included dancehall in the music. And, for this year’s show, Bogdanovich said that they reached out to American reggae artiste J. Boog, who is of Samoan descent.

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Reggae Sumfest: Virtual Access Granted To Millions Worldwide
Monday | July 10, 2017 | 7:56 PM

The world will be watching the best of reggae and dancehall on stage at Reggae Sumfest when the main concert opens on Friday, July 21 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest 25, will raise the bar in the quality of food offerings, venue layout and worldwide accessibility.

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