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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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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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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.

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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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When it comes to Jamaica, reggae and Red Stripe go hand in hand.

To continue to bring a taste of Jamaica to more and more people beyond the island and to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Jamaican brewer Desnoes Geddes Limited (D&G), Red Stripe has teamed up with LA based Jamaican musician & producer Paul “Pablo” Stennett and a number of Jamaican artists to create original singles representing the evolution of Jamaican music throughout the years.

Red Stripe officially debuted the first single from the album with a live performance from reggae artist Christopher Martin at this Saturday’s, “Wayup Stayup” block party @ Wynwood Artwalk, an event marking the official countdown to the premier festival of Jamaican music, Reggae Sumfest to be hosted in Montego Bay next month.

The track, which will serve as the unofficial Red Stripe anthem,

features follow along choreography also debuted during the live performance on Saturday. The full album including Christopher Martin’s track will be available for download later this month – a portion of proceeds will go to the “We are Tomorrow Foundation,” an organization developed to help inner-city youth explore and nurture their musical talents. Track previews, updates and more details about the album will be available on www.redstripebeer.com

Photos courtesy of Redstripe

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Sumfest Goes Cashless – 20% Off Tickets For Mastercard Users While Supplies Last

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2018 | Shereita Grizzle/Gleaner Writer

Marketing consultant for Reggae Sumfest, Marcia McDonnough (left), Joe Bogdanovick of Downsound Entertainment (second left), Robert Russell of Reggae Sumfest (second right) and Uhriel Bedoya, Mastercard Country Manager for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and Bermuda, at Downsound’s Belmont Road, New Kingtston, offices yesterday.

For the first time in the festival’s 26-year history, Reggae Sumfest will be going cashless. The announcement was made yesterday morning at Downsound Entertainment’s headquarters on Belmont Road, New Kingston. Sumfest has partnered with global payments giant Mastercard, so come July 15-22, patrons will be able to make purchases at all the different facilities set up at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

The Sumfest team explained that with the global technological environment experiencing continued expansion, it is only fitting that a world-renowned festival get with the times. “My mission is to continue to push the envelope in terms of technology, as we’ve done with our live streaming and now the partnership with Mastercard to enter a cashless environment, which is where the world is and where the rest of the world is catching up to,” said Downsound’s Joe Bogdanovich. “For me, in order for us to continue the growth of Reggae Sumfest and compete with the best festivals in the world, we need international sponsors, and it’s great that Mastercard has jumped on board.”

In their official press release about the partnership, Bogdanovich expressed a desire to work with the Mastercard team on a long-term basis. Yesterday, Uhriel Bedoya, Mastercard country manager for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and Bermuda, said “Partnering with Sumfest is tremendous, because we meant it when we said we are committed to Jamaica as a market. Our partnership with Sumfest is just the beginning, so stay tuned. We don’t make commitments on one-year basis or short term, we are looking to make longer-term commitments, so this is a way to start our Jamaican journey. For us, Sumfest is about the experience, and we want to make sure the attendees at Sumfest have a seamless experience from the moment they acquire their tickets.” While supplies last, Sumfest tickets purchased with a Mastercard at any of the outlets will see the buyer obtain a 20 per cent discount.

SAFETY CONCERNS

Safety also played a role in Sumfest’s decision to go cashless. Not keen on speaking too much on the crime situation and the state of emergency – or enhanced security measures – currently on in St James, the Sumfest organisers explained that cashless is a way they can help to ensure patrons have a safe experience. “We know how it is sometimes; you don’t want the security risk of having a lot of cash on you. We are working with the cashless environment, so you don’t have to walk with cash at all. We are also doing it so that if you don’t have enough cash, you have your card,” explained marketing consultant for Reggae Sumfest, Marcia McDonnough.

She also revealed that with the introduction of a Sumfest Mall, this year, the shopping experience patrons are accustomed to will be maximised. “We’ve always had vendors at the festival, but this is the first year we will have them set up in a mall-like setting. The way we are presenting them this year is a bit different, and the major difference is that we will be accepting cards in these areas,” she said. “We will be making sure we have those credit card machines all over the venue, anywhere you will need to make a purchase, if it’s drinks, more tickets at the venue, the food court and the mall.”

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Capleton to close Sumfest reggae night

June 01, 2018
Capleton in full flight on stage.

Capleton the Fireman will be closing night two, popularly called Reggae Night, of this year’s renewal of Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest.

“Capleton always delivers, so it doesn’t matter if he’s on Dancehall Night or Reggae Night. He blazes the stage whenever he touches it,” Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of Sumfest, said.

“He’s been one of those performers over the years that gets better each time. He’s a guy that has fire in his heart, fire in his soul, and he lights things up, so we’re looking forward to what he has to offer this year. Reggae Night is going to be something special, and people are going to see that we didn’t need international acts to come here and excite and pull a crowd because we have top-notch international acts right here at home,” Bogdanovich added.

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.

Bogdanovich, who took over Sumfest in 2016, said his aim for the festival this year is to make Reggae Night as big as Dancehall Night.

“Every year, I think about how we can top the year before because growth is important for me. When we cut out International Nght, a lot of people were sceptical, but since then, Dancehall Night has grown to where we’ve seen record turnouts, and the aim now is to get the numbers up for Reggae Night as well,” he said.

MORE EXCITEMENT

“We have seen where Reggae Night has grown, but it’s not where we want it to be yet. Dancehall Nnight carries the most excitement of the two nights in terms of the buzz from people, and we want to get that excitement level up for Reggae Night as well.”

Bogdanovich said that this year’s line-up for Reggae Night was specifically designed to increase the excitement on the night.

“We have a very good line-up this year with a few surprises expected on Reggae Night, so we hope to top Dancehall Night this year. Jr Gong is going to be fabulous, and it will be his birthday, so expect something special from him. Beres always delivers, and Maxi Priest, too, is going to be phenomenal,” he said.

Meanwhile, there have been talks that dancehall’s leading lady, Spice, will be closing Dancehall Night this year. However, with just over a month to go until the greatest reggae show on earth takes over the city of Montego Bay, it is still unclear who the 2018 closer will be. “I can guarantee whoever that person is, they will perform to a packed venue because nobody will be leaving until the show ends, and trust me, they’re going to want to wait and see,” he said.

“We have artistes clamouring to close the show, so whoever that will be, they will be excited, and they will give it their best. It’s going to be a high-energy performance, and it will be worth it.”

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Reggae Sumfest 2018 launched in Kingston

Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae Sumfest 26 was launched yesterday in an evening of flair involving impassioned speeches and captivating performances, all amidst an environment of high energy.

The event, which took place at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, was emceed by the vibrant Miss Kitty who remarked about the importance of music and the role it plays in Jamaica’s culture today.

The main speaker for the night was the Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, who took a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the genesis of Reggae Sumfest

“This is indeed the greatest reggae festival on earth. I’m proud to see the continuation over the years and the value that it has brought and continues to bring to Jamaica. Before there was Reggae Sumfest there was Reggae Sunsplash and I want to pay tribute to those who gave of their time and effort to make it a reality,” she said.

Also speaking at the event was Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Entertainment, organisers of Reggae Sumfest.

“This year’s line-up is simply awesome. We have expanded the festival to eight days with seven preview and post events and two weekend live stage shows. Last year’s festival was great but this year is even more promising; there’s something for everyone,” stated Bogdanovich.

He also welcomed four major new sponsors for the festival stating, “I want to recognise the addition of four new mega sponsors, Mastercard, Jet Blue, NCB and GraceKennedy.

“I also want to thank all the sponsors who have been with us from the beginning, without you none of this would have been possible”.

The evening concluded with performances by Bounty Killer, JahDore, Teejay, Fantan Mojah, among others.

Reggae Sumfest 2018 will run from July 15-22, with the festival nights 1 and 2 on the 20th and 21st respectively. Some of the most recognisable names in Jamaican music have been confirmed including Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Beres Hamond, Spice, and Popcaan.

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