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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.

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“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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Sumfest 2018 Introduces Sponsors, Artistes To New York

 | April 20, 2018 | 

From left: Ricardo Bryan, senior vice-president, sales and distribution at GraceKennedy Foods (USA); Karen Durgana, public relations representative for Workforce Development City of NYC; Robert Russell, deputy chairman of Reggae Sumfest; Trudy Deans, consul general of Jamaica to New York; Josef Bogdanovich, founder and CEO of DownSound Records; and Christopher Dobson, business development officer, Jamaica Tourist Board.
On Tuesday night, the Big Apple got a chance to meet the sponsors and artistes of this year’s Reggae Sumfest at the New York launch of the concert, held at DL in lower Manhattan.In his remarks, founder and CEO of Downsound Records Josef Bogdanovich spoke about Jamaica’s excellent track record in not just sports, but music, including reggae and dancehall.”Reggae Sumfest is arguably the biggest reggae festival in the world – in terms of an audience base of over 65 million digital impressions, and close to a million visits to our YouTube channel [during] the weekend of the festival watching the stream, with another 100,000 videos from the festival currently being viewed. And it’s generating hundreds of millions of added views to this festival today. This is a sign of where we must all go,” he said. He emphasised the importance of promoting unity through music, adding that it’s time to drive some sense into not only our families, but send a signal to the world that Jamaica is beating the drum hard for world peace and togetherness.”The madness must stop! We at home must understand the power of our music, and to support the festival and others that support this message. To do this, we must understand the economics of survival.

“We at home should acknowledge that there is greater understanding or, should I say, ‘over standing’, that unity is one of the keys to survival. Stop the violence. Get educated. Get yourself together.” He invited everyone to experience the World Clash on July at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, which returns after a five-year hiatus. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Irish and Chin’s World Clash. Reggae Sumfest 2018 will run from July 15-22. Some of the most recognised names in Jamaican music have been confirmed, including Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Beres Hammond, Spice, and Popcaan.

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Capacity Crowd For Sumfest 25

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 7:00 AM Janet Silvera

Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Lynch, flanked by his children Sean (left) and Rose.

Josef Bogdanovich and his DownSound Entertainment team were forced to turn back patrons on Friday night (July 21), as thousands flocked to the Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay, St James, for Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

The crowd may not have been the largest in the event’s 25-year history, but with the venue transformed to accommodate a larger VIP section, and a number of other changes, space was tight.

Those who came out were hungry to hear the likes of Dexta Daps, Spice, Alkaline, Mavado, Aidonia, Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee, a fact that had Bogdanvich, chairman of Summerfest Productions, organisers of the festival, elated.

“When you put together a line-up such as the one we did, with the hottest acts in reggae/dancehall music sharing the same stage, you can only expect good things, and we are very pleased with the result. Patrons came out in droves and the venue was at capacity, and we had to close the gates to manage that and ensure the safety of those in and around the venue,” said Bogdanovich.

He added that he was even more pleased that despite the massive crowd, the one-week festival, which kicked off on July 16 with a beach party at Tropical Bliss, was incident-free.

“I think patrons got their money’s worth and more, as several of the performances were simply amazing,” said Bogdanovich.

The group obviously has a lot to be proud of, particularly with the stellar performances exhibited on Saturday night by the all-star team of Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Richie Stephens, Queen Ifrica, Stephen Marley and Sizzla.

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Reggae Sumfest 2017: Fashionable highlights

Not only were the performances epic and memorable at Reggae Sumfest 2017, but so was the fashion.

Patrons came out in their numbers for the star-studded event. They sported a myriad of looks ranging from afro-centric to fashionably chic.

Bold and adventurous hairstyles could be spotted all around as well and, in true dancehall style, some ladies were skimpily clad. The men, not to be outdone by the females, looked suave and effortlessly chic in suits and stylishly embellished footwear.

Take a look at some of the fashionable highlights that were caught by Loop News photographer Marlon Reid.

They were styling at Sumfest 2017

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In Jamaica, Festival Style Is Coolest After Dark

On the island of Jamaica, personal style has always gone hand in hand with music, starting with Bob Marley’s understated tracksuits and the khaki-shirted swagger of cult ’70s reggae movie Rockers. The dapper looks on the scene this past weekend at Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s biggest and longest-running music festival, were no exception. Locals, tourists, and reggae enthusiasts from far and wide converged on the open-air grounds of Catherine Hall in Montego Bay to witness the 25th anniversary of this midsummer event. With a lineup of artists that ran from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., the festival had attendees bringing their freshest looks into the wee hours of the morning.

The weekend’s style standouts included Beenie Man, the undisputed king of dancehall, who came dressed in head-to-toe Gucci, and Capleton, the legendary roots reggae star, who stepped out in a custom three-piece look that could have easily come down the runway at Comme des Garçons. Here, a glimpse at the island’s singular take on festival style.
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A Taste Of Reggae Sumfest

Published: Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:00 AM

Reggae when we Reggae smoothie from the Acoustic Cafe.

We all know how reggae music feels, but how about how it tastes? Patrons at the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest will have the opportunity to experience just that at the first Sumfest Acoustic Cafe Pop-Up Restaurant – a main highlight in the Food Court during the festival.

In photo: Calaloo pizza from Acoustic Cafe.

The Sumfest Acoustic Cafe is the second restaurant franchise concept under the FRANJAM company, managed by Gary Matalon – a franchise company founded to own, develop and license Jamaican-themed restaurants.

At the Sumfest Acoustic Cafe, patrons will be able to hear, see, feel and taste reggae while enjoying a range of healthy and yummy menu items such as an array of soups, salads, wraps, pizzas, and a live juice bar all against the rich backdrop of footage and performances from the last 25 years of Sumfest.

So let’s dish out some of the palatable star acts, shall we?

Hermine Homestyle plans to cater for Sumfest patrons, like they’ve done for the last 25 years. While Yard Spice has been a constant feature at the festival for over 10 years, serving up Jamaican delights to the patrons. Soupy John, well known for his creative soups, hopes to stir things up and satisfy appetites, while Conquering Lion Ital will be showcasing his healthy ‘ital’ selections for all to savour. Roti King and Chefs for Life will offer a fusion of Asian and Indian cuisine. And Mr Lees will be serving up his tasty pizzas.

In photo: Prelude to a Kiss Veggie Ball from Ashanti. 

Creative Food and Soup promises a variety of seafood and non-traditional curries, while newcommers Rain Forest’s Fish Pot, Sabbioso and Ashanti Oasis will be making their national delectable debut to the exciting Sumfest Acoustic Cafe.

Another first for the festival will be the inclusion of two restaurants in the VIP area. Alessandro’s will delight the palate of VIP patrons with delectable dishes such as Pimento jerked pork, Mama Lee’s rack o’ ribs, and slow-roasted honey glazed pork shoulder, while EITS Cafe will offer barrel roasted chicken, beef and shrimp kebabs, fresh salads and more.

As an added treat, Kimberlee Howell, owner of Alessandro’s, has provided a recipe for reggae lovers to try at home.

Kim’s Slow-Roasted Honey Glazed Pork Shoulder

Ingredients

1 cup plus 2tbsp soy sauce, divided

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3tbs. chopped garlic

1/4 cup chopped scallions

2-3lb boneless, skin-on pork shoulder

2tbs olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly grounded black pepper

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 275°F.

2. In a large bowl, combine one cup of the soy sauce with sugar, garlic, and scallions, stirring until mixed. Score the skin of the pork by slicing a crosshatch pattern through the skin down to the meat. This will help excess fat render out and allow more of the marinade to soak in. Place the pork in the marinade and toss to coat evenly. Marinate overnight.

3. Place the marinated pork in the middle of a baking sheet. Bake for 1-11/2 hours depending on the weight of the pork. Increase oven to 5008F. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, and remaining soy sauce, stirring until smooth. Spoon the honey glaze over the top of the pork, making sure to fill the cracks and crevices on top. Bake for 20 additional minutes until sugar is dark brown and caramelised, and the top of the pork is crispy.

4. Slice the pork into 1/2 inch slices, and plate with roasted Irish or sweet potatoes and vegetables of your choice. Spoon the reserved pan juices on top of the pork, and enjoy!

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