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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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July 3, 2018 

Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest Expands to Eight Days This Year

All-star Lineup to Perform at Reggae Sumfest, July 15 – 22

 KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s iconic music festival Reggae Sumfest has been expanded to eight days this year, according to Downsound Entertainment, festival owners since 2016. Thousands of reggae and dancehall fans from across the world will be descending on the island to attend the 26th staging of the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth,” from July 15 – 22 in Montego Bay.

This year’s festival has attracted some of the genre’s biggest names, including Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Beres Hammond, Capleton, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Spice and Raging Fyah.

Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest Expands to Eight Days This Year with Beres Hammond Performing

Beres Hammond

Damian Marley to perform at Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest

Damian Marley

Patrons are in for an extra treat this year as for the first time, a Latin flavor has been added with Mexican reggae artist Jah Fabio set to perform on Friday night.

Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest Expands to Eight Days This Year with Jah Fabio

Jah Fabio

“Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae music, and this world class festival, Reggae Sumfest, affords music lovers an opportunity to enjoy some of their favorite artists in a great setting,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Summer is an exciting time to visit Jamaica and this event is one of the many activities visitors can enjoy as they immerse themselves in our culture, interact with our people and experience our scrumptious cuisine.”

Reggae Sumfest Activities
  • Sumfest Colorfest Beach Party on Sunday, July 15
  • Sumfest Street Jam on Monday, July 16
  • Sumfest All White Party on Tuesday, July 17
  • Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 18
  • Sumfest Inspire Awards & Heavyweight Clash on Thursday, July 19
  • Reggae Industry Symposium & Sumfest Dancehall Night on Friday, July 20
  • Sumfest Reggae Night on Saturday, July 21
  • Sumfest Morning Medz on Sunday, July 22
Reggae Sumfest Hotel Packages

With the festival dates fast approaching, hotels are filling up quickly with many already sold out.

Hotel partner and Platinum Sponsor Iberostar Hotels & Resort, the all-inclusive luxury five-star property is offering the following Reggae Sumfest packages for July 20 – 22:

Hotel Single (per person/per night) Double (per person/per night)
Iberostar Beach               US$210                US$170
Iberostar Suites               US$256                US$196
Iberostar Grand               US$329                US$249

Other partners offering special Reggae Sumfest packages include: Deja All-Inclusive Resort, Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resorts & Spa, Holiday Inn Resort, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Sandals Resorts, Sea Gardens Beach Resort and The Wexford Hotel.

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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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Sumfest week builds to big stage climax – Blitz party overseas acts have J’can roots

June 18, 2018
The Reggae Sumfest events leading up to the closing festival nights carry great weight for the production. This year’s annual festival begins with the Colourfest Beach Party on Sunday, July 15, leading into the hardcore street dance, sound clash and glamorous parties that open for the concert nights. One of the highly anticipated parties, The Blitz All-Black Party, which happens on the Wednesday night, features two international acts, VH1’s Safaree and chart-topping female rapper Stefflon Don. Both have Jamaican roots.                                                                                                                                   Safaree Samuels

According to Sumfest special events team member Dealo Gordon, the festival has operated on an agenda that is predicated on the phrase “Our music, our festival” and it is their intention to do so for many years to come. Since the removal of international night, the festival has embodied this phrase

“With the selection of Stefflon Don and Safaree to be part of the entertainment package, our aim was to not stray far from our purpose. Stefflon Don, being of Jamaican descent, and Safaree, with the same background, both avidly promote and boost the Jamaican culture on an international scene,” said Gordon.

Since the series of events stands as a precursor to build anticipation for the main stage at Catherine Hall on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, and give a taste of Jamaican culture in all areas, The Blitz All-Black Party was included in the line-up a few years ago to provide added flavour.

“We believe the greatest importance of this event is within its production. With the incorporation of a good balance of DJs, a scenic and relaxed ambience, performances, guest appearances, coupled with it being all-inclusive, we have high hopes that this event will be a big boost leading up to the festival nights,” Gordon said.

GLITZ AND GLAMOUR

Blitz was originally a celebratory party hosted for Downsound Entertainment CEO, Joe Bogdanovich, during the Christmas period, so Gordon says: “Last year’s staging cannot be compared to this year. The theme was completely different, all about the glitz and glam in previous years, then it was held overseas, carried back and added to the Sumfest line-up. Plus it was more of an old-school vibe last time.”

Local and international disc jockeys, Rolexx, Chromatic and Noah Powah, (who is known for his comedic artiste imitations) from New York also add to the diverse entertainment package that the event is offering. “The optimal goal is to attract everyone, to have persons from all facets attend and music that all crowds will enjoy. If we execute the pre-events properly and efficiently, our patrons will experience the full package, leading to continued support,” Gordon said.

Gordon says patrons will not be disappointed with the Blitz event as it adds a new dynamic, while still remaining in the circle of reggae and dancehall culture.