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Curvy Diva, Kim Nain ready for new Sumfest roles Stephanie Lyew

July 06, 2018
Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett
For the past two years, Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett has played the role of host for the Reggae Sumfest Beach Party. This year, the ‘Lifestyle’ singer will add performing on the main stage on dancehall night to her list of duties for the festival.

“To know that I have put in the work for the last year as a recording artiste and to see that my hard work has paid off that I am now recognised as a female dancehall artiste on one of the biggest stages for reggae music is a wonderful feeling,” she said.

There is no pressure, she says, in having to host the beach party and prepare to deliver a set a few days later.

“All my roles tie together in entertainment. it depends on what is required of me at a particular time or specific occasion. I am humbled that I am very diverse and can play so many roles,” she said.

Curvy Diva is hoping that from the Reggae Sumfest performance, more persons will recognise that she is serious about her role as an artiste and her fan base will be increasesd, especially at the international level.

Meanwhile, Kim Nain, who once took on the role as backup vocalist for Tifa at a previous staging of Reggae Sumfest, says she is now preparing to get the full experience of the festival.

“Although I will be somewhere in the earlier segment of dancehall night performances, it will add to everything that makes it a great show each year and my personal journey,” Kim Nain said.

Kim Nain and Curvy Diva are excited to be two of the five females representing for local women in the industry on Dancehall Night. Kim Nain has been spending more than four hours each day rehearsing for the festival.

“It has been a long time coming because I never had the time to put my full focus on my music before 2015,” she said.

According to Curvy Diva, the females of dancehall are under-represented not only on the stages of big festivals like Reggae Sumfest, but in the industry.

“I would love to see more females stepping up and out representing the industry overall like so many talented females who already paved the way,” Curvy Diva said.

Spice, Press Kay and Tosh Alexander the other female artistes mentioned on event flyers to perform on dancehall night.

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Reggae Sumfest/Downsound Entertainment has opened up a web store for merchandise


reggaesumfestAccess to the new store is through the SHOP button on WEBSITE or go to www.downsoundshop.com  

The Online Store is located in North America and will service online orders world wide.

Reggae Sumfest merchandise is featured now, and Downsound will soon, also be offering vintage Sumfest designs from shows over the 26 year history of Reggae Sumfest, plus individual artist merchandise, and Caribbean Lifestyle merchandise… to bring an authentic Caribbean vibe to the world of merchandise. 

 

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New strategy for Reggae Sumfest

BY BALFORD HENRY  July 04, 2018

Twenty-three Jamaican-owned businesses will be showcasing authentic local products as the promoters of the annual event have decided to open up the facilities to them this year.

Chairman and CEO of promoters DownSound Entertainment Joe Bogdanovich told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that he thinks it is time to allow Jamaica’s small business sector to benefit from the opportunities for their growth and development created by the event.

“This initiative gives small businesses in Jamaica a platform to exhibit their products and work while promoting Brand Jamaica,” the entrepreneur said.

“This new addition to the festival will help to develop the tourism sector and is also beneficial to the overall economy. We look forward to continuing and expanding this project in the years to come,” he added.

Since acquiring the event from former owners Summerfest Productions, in April 2016, Bogdanovich has been promoting the idea that it is the country’s responsibility to develop and protect its cutural brand.

He promised major changes for the Sumfest brand in its first two years under his administration which would help to make the industry thrive. He said then that 2016 will be the transitional year, in which DownSound will be working closely with Johnny Gourzong, Robert Russell and Tina Davis, who have developed the brand for 25 years.

“It is critical that the home of reggae music gets its house in order. The theme of unity through music is a key factor for success in the festival business. Artists must understand and work together as well as the sponsors and government agencies to accept the fact that reggae/dancehall is a natural resource of the country, and that it’s the responsibility of the country for it to be developed and protected,” he insisted.

In the past, the most important questions about Sumfest were those about the acts, their performances, and who took the respective nights; however, with the changes being introduced by Bogdanovich, it is clear that he aims to shift the attention to the sustainability of the Jamaican culture’s dominance across the Caribbean.

According to Bogdanovich, with the wide variety of products being offered — from Bresheh with their handcrafted backpacks, handbags and totes, to Live Charcoal portraits done by Jeffperry Art — there is something for everyone.

Reggae Sumfest will be held July 15-22 in Montego Bay — currently under enhanced security measures slated to last until August 2 — and Bogdanovich remains confident that this year’s event will be an improvement on last year’s very successful 25th anniversary presentation.

Jamaica’s premier reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest is a week of parties and performances from some of the top names in reggae and dancehall.

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Spice, Stonebwoy from Ghana, Capleton, Cham, and Maxi Priest are all among the star-studded line-up.

The week also includes a conference examining the state of the reggae industry.

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Food vendor gets ready for Reggae Sumfest

July 03, 2018
At Right: George Lowe

Patrons attending this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St James, can rest assured that they won’t have to enjoy the music on empty stomachs, as the Pizza Truck Express will be among the vendors supplying mouth-watering treats just as they have done since 2010.

Pizza Truck Express, which started its operations in 2009 and joined forces with Reggae Sumfest’s organisers the following year, has over the years successfully provided patrons of the annual musical show with a variety of pizzas and sandwiches to suit every taste.

The pizza provider’s menu for this year will include mainstay pizzas that have been available from the days when it started out with a stall at the venue and over time upgraded to its signature truck. Those options include cheese, pepperoni, jerk barbecue chicken, shrimp, and even vegetarian for those seeking a meatless option.

Its sandwiches are likewise varied, to include its signature nine-inch ham and salami sub-sandwich and other options such as chicken, turkey, and its newest, beef sandwich.

HOUSEHOLD NAME

George Lowe, the proprietor of Pizza Truck Express, said that the brand has become a household name in Montego Bay, and even overseas.

“We have been going to Reggae Sumfest annually, and we are very popular with the patrons. We stand out because the product is local in and around Montego Bay, so therefore, each year at Reggae Sumfest they look out for us,” said Lowe.

“We have overseas customers who come annually, and the response we get from the customers while we are in there at Reggae Sumfest, is overwhelming,” Lowe added.

The 26th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest will take place in Montego Bay, St James, on July 15-22. Capleton the ‘Fireman’ will be closing night two, popularly called Reggae Night, of this year’s renewal of Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest.

Several top artistes have been billed to perform on night two of the festival. They include Beres Hammond, Jr Gong, Maxi Priest, Cham, J Bogg, Jesse Royal Jahdore, Fantan Mojah, Empress Ayeola and Raging Fyah.

Sizzla Kalonji is expected to give a fiery set on Dancehall Night. The likes of Bounty Killer, Popcaan, Aidonia, Spice, and Masicka are also booked to perform.

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JAH FABIO, THE ONLY SPANISH-SPEAKING ARTIST PRESENT AT THE BEST REGGAE FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD, “REGGAE SUMFEST” FROM JAMAICA.

After touring a large part of the globe thanks to his music and being the pioneers in the genre Reggae – Dancehall in Mexico, Jah Fabio continues to conquer markets and challenging himself to achieve things that were previously considered impossible for the Spanish-speaking genre.

Now the result of his hard work over more than 10 years of artistic career, he has been signed as the only artist in Spanish, by one of the most important Reggae – Dancehall festivals in the world, the “Reggae Sumfest”, which will develop in Jamaica from July 15 to 21 in Montego Bay.

Jah Fabio will be on the main stage of the event on Dancehall night, on Friday, July 20 along with important artists like Sizzla, Popcaan, Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco, I Octane, Aidonia, Tommy Lee, among others, icons of the Jamaican music in the world.

Undoubtedly, this is a very important Latin share since this drives the connection of Spanish-speaking reggae and dancehall artists with Jamaica, something that a few years ago seemed impossible.

In addition to this, he already plans visits to Colombia and Chile where he will consolidate what he has done in previous years.

Official Website of the Reggae Sumfest Festival in Jamaica: http://reggaesumfest.com/

Facebook: @jahfabiomx Instagram: @jahfabiomx Twitter: @jahfabiomx

 

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More than Carnival:Caribbean events you don’t want to miss in July/Aug

Lauryn Hill will perform at this year's St Kitt's Music FestivalLauryn Hill will perform at this year’s St Kitt’s Music Festival

 

The July/August vacation is here. Known as summer in temperate countries, this is the time of year when people are travelling and looking for fun events to attend. In the Caribbean and the diaspora, this is the time of year when there is a slew of Carnivals from St Vincent to New York but in the region, there is so much more happening in addition to Carnival. So if Carnival is not really your cup of tea, here are seven major non-Carnival events you don’t want to miss.

1: St Kitts Music Festival, June 27 to July 1

This annual event will feature the likes of Soca songstress Destra Garcia, Kes the Band, Wayne Wonder, Sizzla Kalonji, Patti Labelle and Lauryn Hill.

2: Reggae Sumfest: July 15-22, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Jamaica’s premier reggae festival is a week of parties and performances from some of the top names in reggae and dancehall. Damian Jr Gong Marley, Aidonia, Bounty Killa, Spice, Stonebwoy from Ghana, Capleton, Cham and Maxi Priest are all among the star-studded lineup. The week also includes a conference examining the state of the reggae industry.

 

 

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Minister Highlights Importance of Music Tourism

Photo: Garwin Davis

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett,

Story Highlights

  • Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says music tourism is a rapidly expanding market, which plays perfectly into Jamaica’s strength as the top entertainment destination in the region.
  • Addressing the graduation ceremony for the DJ Capacity Building Training Programme at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, St. James, on June 21, Mr. Bartlett said to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the tourism sector to work strategically with the music industry to create valuable products and experiences for visitors.
  • “Each year more and more reggae music fans converge on the island to enjoy great music and the offerings of a remarkable destination. The resounding success of music festivals like Reggae Sumfest and Sting have helped to enhance our international profile significantly,” he added.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says music tourism is a rapidly expanding market, which plays perfectly into Jamaica’s strength as the top entertainment destination in the region.

Addressing the graduation ceremony for the DJ Capacity Building Training Programme at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, St. James, on June 21, Mr. Bartlett said to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the tourism sector to work strategically with the music industry to create valuable products and experiences for visitors.

“Our music continues to set Jamaica apart from rival destinations,” the Minister pointed out.

“Each year more and more reggae music fans converge on the island to enjoy great music and the offerings of a remarkable destination. The resounding success of music festivals like Reggae Sumfest and Sting have helped to enhance our international profile significantly,” he added.

Mr. Bartlett said that while the Ministry is committed to fostering the continued development of the entertainment industry and its full integration into the tourism product, he is fully cognizant that there is still more to be done to maximize the potential of “this important” sub-sector.

“So, as we put in place the framework to further diversify our tourism product, we are well aware of the enormous benefits if we get this right,” Mr. Bartlett said.

“We have to give visitors more things to do when they come to our island. We have to tap into their passion points, and music is a great way to start. Simply put, we are placing a special focus on developing entertainment tourism as part of our growth strategy,” he noted.

Mr. Bartlett said that while the country’s goal of welcoming five million visitors annually remains on target, there is simply no room for complacency.

He said that as good as the current offerings may be, stakeholders should always be looking to innovate and focus on growing earnings per visitor and retaining more of those earnings in Jamaica.
“It goes without saying that entertainment is an area in which we are world beaters,” the Minister further added.

“Therefore we are taking the necessary steps to capitalize on the tremendous potential Jamaica has in this area to significantly boost our arrivals and tourism earnings,” he said.

The Minister commended the Head of the Ministry’s Sports and Entertainment Network, Entertainment Consultant and Promoter, Kamal Bankay, noting that “he is doing an excellent job leading this initiative.”

“This is being done in collaboration with my colleague, Hon. Olivia Grange and her team from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport,” Mr. Bartlett said.

“We will also be leveraging February’s Reggae Month to appeal to visitors. In addition, the month marks the birthdays of Jamaica’s most recognizable musicians, the King of Reggae Bob Marley and the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown, both great selling points,” the Minister said.

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Festival X Strengthening Partnerships With Festival Promoters – Seminar Endorses Healthy Collaborations Among Local Festivals

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer
From left: Coleen Douglas, Joe Bogdanovich, Scott Dunn, Justine Henzell and Tony Rebel during the ‘Going Global’ panel discussion for the Festival X seminar and workship.

What does Jamaica celebrate? Reggae music, dance and dancehall, visuals arts, literature, food – just to name a few themes of festivals held on the island.

Besides being fun and entertaining, well-managed festivals and events offer a host of social and economic benefits to the communities in which they are staged.

“People should want Jamaica to become a festival country that offers the customers or visitors packages for ‘X’ things that are happening, not just settle to be known as a creative city or having active communities,” Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, expert on enterprise development and country director at The British Council, told The Gleaner during the recent Festival X seminar and workshop.

The British Council partnered with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission for the recent inaugural staging of Festival X and invited a long list of local industry professionals to participate in a panel discussion. Among the ‘Going Global’ panellists were CEO of Downsound Entertainment Joe Bogdanovich; Dream Entertain-ment director Scott Dunn; Justine Henzell of the Calabash International Literary Arts Festival; and Patrick ‘Tony Rebel’ Barrett, recording artiste and founder of Rebel Salute.

Room To Collaborate

 

Each spoke of the impact their events have had on community tourism as well as on promoting Jamaica on a global scale. When The Gleaner asked about the possibility of a collaboration between the four of them, Dunn quickly took to the microphone and said, “While it may be a bit extreme to have a festival collaboration that features aspects of all their events, there is more room to collaborate on festivals with different layers.”

Tony Rebel added, “The idea of ‘Dream-Bash-Fest-Salute’ (coined from the names of the events each of them hosts) is one that can be made a reality, but as far as details go, there has to be initiative for the promoters to knock heads.”

Festivals have long served as tools for sustainable competitiveness, but there were quite a few industry pro-fessionals present at the seminar who suggested a need for collaboration among various events. “For example, Joe’s event (Reggae Sumfest) is two weeks before our Dream Weekend, and there is a likely way to collaborate to make both events attractive to the other’s audience,” said Dunn.

One social value of a festival – no matter the form, whether stage show, symposium, or weeklong line-up of themed events – is the creation of stronger relationships within a community although the panellists stressed that most of the relationship-building occured in the festival planning phase – another point where collaboration would be beneficial.

According to Jacobs-Bonnick, these benefits last well beyond the event as people bring their connections, skills, and a collective knowledge to improve the community and further advance the country’s global image.

“The immediate and deliberate response is that competition is good, it is healthy, but all these festival owners, planners, and promoters can come around a table for the greater good,” she said. “It is a win-win situation. That is the aim of the seminar: to enable all professionals to see the importance of coming together.”

The plan going forward is to host Festival X annually and invite persons not only from the island, but from overseas, to add their two cents, which would eventually encourage collaboration and be a platform for information and cultural exchange.

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