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 JTB takes Reggae Sumfest to the world

The stream presented a curated feed live from Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, featuring main stage performances along with features, artiste and media interviews, all hosted live by popular television host Sakina Deer.

The JTB Live Stream is hosted on the Visit Jamaica Facebook page, which has over 940,000 followers around the globe, JTB said on Monday.

“This year we wanted to give our audience a taste of what the greatest reggae festival on earth is like in a virtual setting,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s director of tourism. “We know that there are lots of folks who for whatever reason could not be in Montego Bay, so we are using this platform to showcase not just our music but the culture, fashion, food and signature vibe of the Reggae Sumfest.”

Featured on the stream were interviews with artistes like Argentinian reggae sensation Dread Mar I, D Major, Press Kay, Yanique the Curvy Diva, along with CEO of Downsound Entertainment Josef Bogdanovich.

AdvertisementJTB said the successful Facebook Live broadcast also continued for the second night of the show, capturing audiences around the world to witness the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth.”

During the broadcast, JTB said Deer welcomed Reggae Sumfest performing artists J Boog, Keznamdi, Naomi Cowan and D’Yani to the JTB booth for exclusive interviews, giving viewers an exciting behind the scenes look at the festival featuring real-time updates from the performers themselves.

Other notable VIP guests included Dr. Horace Chang, Minister of National Security and Mitch Watson, president of the United Nations Association of Jamaica and sprint phenom Briana Williams.

Local and international members of the media also joined the JTB to conduct interviews with artists, sponsors and event organizers.

These included Jamaica Gleaner’s Janet Silvera, Sean Kelly from Canadian radio station Mix 97 FM, and Reggae Sumfest Inspire Award-recipient Patricia Meschino from Billboard, JTB said.

Building on its success from the first night, JTB said its booth attracted hundreds of attendees on the closing night of the festival, and captivated audiences across Jamaica and major United States markets through its “dynamic, all-encompassing Facebook Live experience.”

Posted 12:00 am, July 24, 2018

 Reggae Sumfest wows foreigners

Reggae Sumfest was truly an international affair, with visitors jetting into the island solely to be a part of the week-long activities in Montego Bay, St James.

These tourists were not to be outdone by locals as they danced, screamed and blew vuvuzelas for their favourite artistes; consumed local dishes such as rice and peas, jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtail and ackee and saltfish; and (some) even had their share of the famous Jamaican herb.

From all indications, they had a great time over the period, so Loop News sought their feedback. Check out the responses in the video edited by Ramon Lindsay below.




‘Generation Next’ Shines At Sumfest

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | Shereita Grizzle
Imeru Tafari charting his own course in the music industry independent of his mother Queen Ifrica. -Kenyon Hemans photo

The next generation of reggae stars are ready to chart their own course as they look to come out from under the shadows of their superstar parents.

Abatau, son of reggae star Tony Rebel, and Imeru Tafari, son of Queen Ifrica, both put in great performances when they graced the Reggae Sumfest stage early on Saturday night. The two held their own and gave two very engaging sets, showing just why they are ones to look out for in the near future.

In their post performance interviews, both artistes said that it takes some amount of work to cut their own path in the industry as people constantly associate them with their parents. They are however, ready to build their own legacies and believe they have what it takes to establish themselves independent of their famous parents.

“Music is natural for me, it’s something that just come out and I don’t feel any pressure to live up to my father’s name. It’s a blessing to get the music genes from him and I’m grateful,” Abatau said. “As long as a music me a do, me happy. I’m just being myself. I’m my own person outside of my father and I’m ready to do my thing, not just live up or build on fi him thing.”

Imeru Tafari shared similar sentiments. “If me never love music den me wouldn’t a do it. My mother guide me when she find out I have the talent, but she nuh have nothing to do with this course I’ve chosen,” he said. “It’s not a matter of building on her legacy, she did what she thought was for her and I’m doing what I think is for me. I am who I am and I can’t get away from that. I just have to show people that I’m worthy just like she had to show people she was worthy of them calling her own name and not just associate her with her father (Derrick Morgan).”

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Video & Setlist: Damian Junior Gong Marley @ Reggae Sumfest 2018

On his 40th birthday (July 21) Damian Marley headlined Reggae Sumfest 2018, which was his fourth appearance within the past 10 years.

On his set he welcomed Kabaka Pyramid on stage to perform their combination Kontraband.
During Could You Be Loved Damian was joined by his son Elijah, who sang a verse of  Stevie Wonder‘s  I Just Called To Say I Love You in honor of his father’s birthday.

After the performance Junior Gong was interviewed by Nikki Zand he gave a little outlook:

We just did a tour in Europe for three and a half weeks. Right now we are taking a little break off the road. Sumfest was actually the last stop for touring for a little while. I’m looking forward now, to going forward in the studios. I’m working on an album with Third World. I’m doing some production on that album, which I hopefully finish up soon and then starting doing some music for myself, too

Later that night at Sumfest, Damian Marley joined Cham on stage to perform Fighter.

Check the full Reggae Sumfest 2018 setlist below

01. Intro
02. Here We Go
03. Make It Bun Dem
04. Set Up Shop
05. More Justice
06. Hey Girl
07. Beautiful
08. Affairs of the Heart
09. Upholstery
10. Medication
11. The Mission
12. Love & Inity
13. War/No More Trouble
14. Move!
15. Everybody Wants To Be Somebody
16. Nail Pon Cross
17. Kontraband feat. Kabaka Pyramid
18. Living It Up
19. Could You Be Loved feat. Elijah
20. Road To Zion
21. Welcome To Jamrock


Spice Channeled Her Inner Wakandan To Put On An Epic Battle At Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest

Spice is coming for America’s headtop.

You know Spice has every mon grab a gyal with her tun up tunes. Why would this have been any different?

This past weekend, the Dancehall Queen shut down the stage in her homeland during the 2018 Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica. Her performance ’fit debuted Black Panther pride as the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta breakout star donned a costume that would even have Killmonger going, “OK, I see you sis.”

Posed up with her dancers, Spice captioned:

Wakanda forever. They say i’m black so i came out in my Black Panther theme 🤣 Proud of the skin i’m in representing like a strong black woman. How did you like my Lupita look ?

Do you think Nakia would be proud or nah?

She let off a banger while rocking her natural hair and talking about the rumors that the people dem talk about.

People know more about me than I know about my own self. “Dem say mi do my breast but if mi take off mi brassiere tonight this drop dung flat” 🤣🤣🤣 @busysignal_turf mi did haffie flip this 🤪🤣 Cause “a nuff a dem stay so

Then a battle went down where Spice performed her waistline off, wining her body to the tune to see who can take it best.

And in an epic pyro moment, the fire department really was about to soon come when the artist added literal “more fire” to her set.

This isn’t the Spice we we’re used to. Whether rocking her smurfette blue hair or a natural due, Spice always delivers. #BlackandaForever.

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Sumfest Inspire Awards – Recognising Musical Excellence

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 |  Janet Silvera/ Senior Gleaner Writer
Journalist Patricia Meschino accepts the ‘Golden Pen Award’ from Director of Tourism, Donovan White.

Living legend Bob Andy, internationally acclaimed duo Sly and Robbie, the Godfather Chris Blackwell, and promoter Copeland Forbes were inducted into the Reggae Sumfest Hall of Fame while crooner Beres Hammond received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Sumfest Inspire Awards on Thursday night.

The five shared the spotlight with the undisputed King of the Dancehall Moses ‘Beenie Man’ Davis – who was named ‘Sumfest Legend,’ and Jamar ‘Chronixx’ McNaughton, who was recognised with the Reggae Sumfest Rising Star award.

Twelve other awards were presented to individuals who have walked alongside the 26- year-old festival founded by Summerfest Productions and now owned by Downsound Entertainment.

Bob Andy, renowned for his Fire Burning lyrics, who placed his hand on his first musical instrument the piano – 60 years ago, said that he had no clue his life would have led to this. Admitting that the road that brought him to Thursday night had been long, rocky, and at some points smooth, the stalwart said that the beauty of his job was the fact that he didn’t leave anyone crying, “Or rip anyone off. All I had to do was give love in my music”.

In accepting his award, Blackwell, one of the most influential figures in the local music industry, said that his first three records went to number one, but his career peaked because Jamaicans could hear themselves in his music.

“After my music came hundreds and thousands more records, which were made in Jamaica more than anywhere else in the world,” revealed the man who brought Jamaica’s King of Reggae, Bob Marley, to world fame.

For Copeland Forbes, Thursday night was one of the greatest moments in his 50 years in the music industry. “There is nothing like being recognised in your own country,” said the man who has received over 250 awards worldwide.

Hammond, who will be performing on Saturday night, and who has dedicated his life to reggae music, was absent from the event, and his award was collected by CEO and founder of Downsound Entertainment, Joe Bogdanovich.

First Artiste Booked

Beenie Man was the first artist to be booked on Reggae Sumfest when the festival started in 1993, and he has performed at the event a total of 23 times. He boasted that no one could beat his track record.

“I can’t change a bulb, I can’t patch a tire, this is all I know,” said the artiste while collecting his award.

The evening’s other awardees were ace journalist Pat Meschino, who has been standing in the press pit covering the festival for 24 years and who received the ‘Golden Pen’ award; while On Stage‘s Winford Williams, freelance photographer Alan Lewin, and freelancer writer Marlon Tingling were named Special Honourees. Williams’ profession in the entertainment industry grew with the festival, which he has been covering since it began.

“My passion has always been to be part of something that would help to expose our music, so it was easy for me to be part of this,” stated Williams.

For Lewin, this award was his Grammy. Hermine Shaw received the ‘Big Up Award’ for putting food into the festival for 25 years.

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Spice gives Wakanda performance at Sumfest

July 21, 2018
Adrian Frater Dancehall Queen Spice performing at Sumfest on dancehall night.

SPICE, whose  flavouring of the dancehall space has made her one of the most anticipated acts at Reggae Sumfest each year, pulled off yet another gem Friday night as she used the theme from the Black Panther movie to deliver a fascinating Wakanda surprise on Night One of the annual music festival.

Clad in African regalia, Spice made her entrance on at throne which was being carried by two lanky males, all clad in full black.

“Yuh si Black Panther inna movie and tonight you going to see him inna dancehall ,” stated Spice as she descended her throne spitting lyric of a sexual nature while  ‘bigging up’ the alluring power of the black woman.

Her dancers,  Team Spice complemented her lyrics with the thought-provoking dance moves, which grabbed the full attention of the fans.

“This is what I really like about Spice. Every year she comes here, she puts on a show,” said Tangie Williams, who was full of praise for the artiste’s stellar performance.

Spice gets a Wakanda wuk at Sumfest 2018.
Courtesy of @reggaesumfest

However, it was not all smooth sailing for the raunchy Spice who at one stage got militant after a stage security tried to block a man from entering the stage. She had earlier withstood the challenge from two members of her clan, and a ‘little man’ who came on the stage to challenge her.

Ironically she had called for a big, thick strong man. She said it “come in like sin” to take on the dwarf, but with a little help from one of Team Spice’s dancers. he was able to get up high enough to teach Spice a lesson.

Spice, having given the dwarf his props, soon called another man onstage but he was blocked security personnel.

“A wah do dah security bwoy yah,” she belted before leaving the stage to get her man, who she said promised to teach her a lesson.

“Every year me have the same kind a problem with these security,” an angry Spice was overheard telling the stage manager Worrell King. “All of my people have on their green armbands so there is no reason for anyone to be blocking them.”

After the matter was sorted out, Spice returned to centre-stage with a muscular man and he gave her what she was looking for.

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Curvy Diva cried as her dream of performing on Sumfest comes true Shereita Grizzle

July 21, 2018
Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett said she cried all day on Friday when she realised that her dream of performing on the Sumfest stage as an artiste was about to come true.

“It never even matter what time me work, I was just happy to be here,”  Curvy Diva told The STAR after her Sumfest debut.

“People don’t understand just how much tonight means to me. Working in the media, I was living vicariously through the artistes on stage. I was running back and forth, interviewing artistes at Sumfest over the years, and I said to myself one day I will be on that stage so I was definitely emotional tonight,” she said.

The ‘Lifestyle artiste steered clear of the controversial issues that thrust her into the spotlight in the months leading up to her debut performance at Reggae Sumfest. She said she deliberately did not indulge, adding that her aim was to deliver a performance that would cement her place as one to watch out for in the future.

And that she did as she delivered an energetic set.

“At the end of the day, I don’t want everything I do to surround controversy like I’m the queen or something. This is a moment me a pray for fi a very long time so me never wah highlight the controversy. Me nah try give this moment to no badmind, no man, no bad energy,” she said.

“I am here to stay so this is not my first and last Sumfest, watch out for Yanique,” said Cuvy Diva.

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New artistes glad for Sumfest break Shereita Grizzle

July 21, 2018

Up-and-coming artistes who touched the stage at this year’s festival Night One at Reggae Sumfest are happy they got the chance to showcase their talent to the world.

Former Magnum King of the Dancehall, Accid, was among the fresh acts to perform at ‘the greatest reggae show’ on Friday night.

“Just to be on the stage was a blessing,” he told The STAR. “We give thanks for the opportunity and we a guh work it as long as the chance come round, no matter the time.”

Accid was crowned Magnum Kings of Dancehall in 2016.

“It’s a good platform because from me win Magnum people a ask wah gwaan fi Accid. We have songs out deh pan the radio but people dem wah see me and now they got the chance to. This is a show that stream worldwide to thousands of people so wah more me coulda ask for. Me get to showcase me talent and more people see me, a lot of opportunities can come from this so I want to say thanks to the Sumfest organisers for putting me out there,” Accid said.

Another of the fresh artistes to perform at Sumfest was Kim Nain.

“This my first ever big stage so it was a big deal for me just being here. I was nervous but me overcome and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my talent with so many people,” she said.

Kim Nain last year decided to take a break from her law career and focus on her musical career. She believes that the opportunity to perform on Sumfest stage will only help her career to grow.

“Reggae Sumfest is being streamed all over the world so, we, up-and-coming artistes need this, especially us women. People keep asking where are the women in music but it’s not that we aren’t there, it’s that a lot of us aren’t getting the opportunities we need to help establish us. We need more opportunities like Sumfest so more foods can open for more young talent,” she said.

 Tosh Alexander was among the new artistes on Sumfest this year.



Mighty Crown rules Sumfest World Clash

July 21, 2018
Okoye Henry photo Mighty Crown’s Masta Simon (left) and Sammi T unleash more of their hits.

Popular Japanese sound system, Mighty Crown, emerged victorious in the Reggae Sumfest 2018 World Clash.

The jam-packed and energetic event was held at Pier One in Montego Bay on Thursday night, where the five-time World Clash champion faced off against Pink Panther, Ricky Trooper and Tony Matterhorn for the title.

Each sound system was given a 10-minute slot across four rounds to prove their mettle to patrons, who acted as judge, jury and executioners for the night.

The first round was mainly a warm-up exercise for the sound systems, who also used the time to pitch an early campaign for the crowd’s approval before eliminations began in round two.

It was Pink Panther who was ousted at the end of the second round, to the dismay of some fans calling for Ricky Trooper’s head to roll. They, however, soon got their wish as the two-time World Clash champion and veteran sound was ejected at the end of the third round.

It was down to Mighty Crown and Tony Matterhorn in a ‘chune fi chune’ face-off. Matterhorn laid on the onslaught with hit dubs from the likes of Tommy Lee, Rygin King, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, and even 50 Cent.

Mighty Crown, however, with Masta Simon, Sammi T and Ninja at the helm, was ready and dropped tracks from the timeless Super Cat, Beres Hammond and Jimmy Cliff to eke out a win and walk away with the title.

“We have been doing this with Tony Matterhorn for a long time so we knew how to bring it to him,” Sammi T told THE STAR. “I know how to bring in my songs so he just could not beat me. It was that kind of night.”

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