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‘Reggae Sumfest 2017′ The Best Weekend In Festival History


Mikey Fresh | August 1, 2017 – 4:47 pm

For 25 years, Jamaica’s annual Reggae Sumfest festival has been celebrated as the biggest and best weekend for Caribbean music lovers. Throughout the years, legends like Damian Marley, Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Beres Hammond, Tony Rebel, Andy Vernon, Frankie Paul and so on have graced the stage in Montego Bay for fans far and near.

This year, VIBE flew down with the good folks at Red Stripe for a full weekend of groovy music, local cuisine and of course all the Jamaican hospitality one could ask for. It all started in the heart of the islands — Kingston — which is also home to the Red Stripe brewery. We were treated to a full tour of the facility and a history lesson on the beer’s origins. First developed by pioneers Paul H. Geddes and Bill Martindale in 1928, the lager has stood the test of time and remains as the brew of choice by locals — and of course Jamaica-obsessed reggae fans from all over the world.

As the most historic and connected beverage to reggae culture, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t also sample some of the goods. Lucky for us, they had a fresh batch of their new sorrel and lemon infused beers, both of which carry subtle undertones of their respective fruity flavors, without being overbearing. These are the perfect pairings for local favorites like jerk chicken and braised oxtails. However, Red Stripe fanatics stateside will have to wait a bit longer until the specialty beers are available in the U.S. (we recommend sending some demanding emails to the company to speed this process up).

“Red Stripe is very much a part of the dancehall and reggae scene,” says Andrew Anguin, marketing manager for Caribbean imports at Red Stripe. “It’s important for us to have a real presence in the culture, deeper than just selling beer. As a native Jamaican, I’ve seen Sumfest grow into an iconic event that has helped shape festival culture here. We see it as a global platform and hope to take to other countries in the future.”

With a serious passion and love for the brand, Andrew hopes to help take Red Stripe and Sumfest to new heights in the years to come. After spending several extended dinners (island time) with the cordial brand ambassador, we quickly realized that his strong presence within the company comes from his dedication to helping spread Jamaican culture to the world.

From Kingston, we headed out to Ocho Rios for an outdoor excursion that included cliff diving, lazy river tubing and a much needed visit to Scotchies for some of the best jerk chicken, pork and grilled kingfish we had throughout our trip. Things only elevated from there — literally. After an hour or so ride in our trusty Red Stripe shuttle bus we arrived at the famous Golden Eye airport where we boarded a single engine plane for a magnificent guided tour of the lush shorelines and blue waters until we arrived in Montego Bay. Honestly, the ride was a bit nerve racking but the views were breathtaking and truly unforgettable.

After settling in at the Secrets Hotel and Resort, conveniently located 5 minutes from Sumfest festival grounds, it was time to prepare for two long nights of nonstop reggae and dancehall music. And we do mean NONSTOP because each night the party starts at 10 PM and doesn’t end until well after 9 AM the next morning, but the fans wouldn’t have it any other way. With an all-star lineup that included Alkaline, Spice, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Tory Lanez, Tommy Lee Sparta, Mavado, Queen Ifrica, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Jah Cure and many more, we did all we could to stay awake for the madness.

Sumfest isn’t your average festival, the collective synergy that builds up throughout the night makes for a euphoric feeling that takes over your body with each act. We were particularly blown away by Spice and Tommy Lee, who both represent for all generations of reggae. Mr. Sparta even blessed VIBE with a wicked freestyle after a little poolside conversation.

With the bass booming from the speakers, we feasted on patties and homemade treats from a variety of local vendors while keeping cool with bucket after bucket of ice cold Red Stripe. Other acts like Beeanie Man and Jah Cure reminded us of why we fell in love with reggae in the first place — with their sets packed with hit after hit, and newer stars like Dexta Dabs and Kybaka Pyramid kept us dutty winding to the uppity dancehall vibes for hours on end.

One thing is for sure, we’ll be back next year to do it all over again. As long at the chunes keep churning from the islands and the brews keep flowing, there is nothing that will stop us from becoming SumFest regulars.



Alkaline conquers Sumfest Dancehall Night with impressive performance

Alkaline on stage at Reggae Sumfest on Saturday morning. (Photo: Marlon Reid)Alkaline on stage at Reggae Sumfest on Saturday morning. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Dancehall sensation Alkaline delivered an impressive performance Saturday morning at Reggae Sumfest, showing improved stage presence during the 30 minutes that he captivated the Catherine Hall, Montego Bay capacity audience.

After being introduced by MC Miss Kitty at minutes to 6am, Alkaline appeared on stage singing his hit single Formula and proceeded to work a set that should go a far way in dismissing doubts about his ability to perform on a stage show.

He then reeled off City, ATM, Impact and Extra Lesson among other hits, working both ends of the stage and receiving loud cheers of approval from both men and women.

In between songs, he took shots at one his rivals, Montego Bay’s hometown son, Tommy Lee, calling him “Nyammi Lee”, which sparked laughter and excitement in the crowd.

Dean Fraser (left) joins Alkaline on stage.

His first diss of Tommy Lee came early in his set, when after completing City, he said, “pu..y Nyammi Lee a hope yuh hear this, because yuh deh backstage.”

He would repeat the “Nyammi Lee” diss of his nemesis, who was set to close the show, later in his performance.

Another sign that Alkaline has been putting thoughts and efforts behind his stage performance was when he called on saxophonist Dean Fraser to help him perform Son Of A Queen, which he dedicated to his mother.

And having already whipped the audience into a frenzy, he closed his set with Afterall – the video of which recently triggered a high level investigation – to loud approval.


Closing acts Sizzla, Beenie brought solid end to Sumfest 2017

 Sizzla Kalonji performs last Sunday as he brought the curtains down on Reggae Sumfest 2017. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)Sizzla Kalonji performs last Sunday as he brought the curtains down on Reggae Sumfest 2017. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Veteran entertainer Sizzla Kalonji was in fine form at Reggae Sumfest 2017, closing the show with a stellar performance that had the hundreds remaining for his act thoroughly involved during his set at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

With the early morning sun belting, Sizzla ‘heated’ up the venue even further with a fiery performance that had him doing hits after hits. At times, he enticed the crowd with just a verse before moving onto a next song while reminding them that it was Selassie’s birthday.

He also joined the throng of artistes on the show to condemn the spate of violence in Montego Bay and implored the youths to stop it.

“Unuh a kill off unuh self too much,” he said.

Being of the rasta conviction, Sizzla did a number of songs dedicated to his faith, but also had some for the ladies, the system, “rude boys” and his mother.

Among the songs that Sizzla did were: Guns Out, Good Ways, Simplicity, Solid As A Rock, Praise Ye Jah, Rise To The Occasion, Woman I Need You, Dry Cry, Thank You Mama and Run Out Pon Dem.

Earlier, the penultimate act, Beenie Man, delivered his typical entertaining set, and was well-received by the crowd.

Beenie Man

‘The Doctor’ was in his element as he reeled off a number of his hits during his hour-long set; he also danced and joked with the audience, adding to his performance.

After doing some introductory songs backstage, Beenie Man started his act just after 7:00 am Sunday morning with Who Am I, and did nearly 40 songs during his extended stint that also had guest performers, including one of his daughters. When his performance ended with I Am Okay, he had captivated the audience.

Among his guests was Press Kay, a female with whom he performed Healing, a duet that was originally recorded with Lady Saw. Press Kay sung Lady Saw’s section and danced in front of Beenie Man.

They had the crowd in stitches when Press Kay started singing to Beenie Man “remember when mi put it pon you,” and again tried to engage him in a dance, to which he responded “Krystal (his partner) a guh chop up you”.

Among the other songs that Beenie delivered to ‘forwards’ were Romie, Old Dawg, Tear Off Mi Garment, Blackboard, Modelling, Dude, King Of The Dancehall, Let’s Go and Certain Gal.



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


Patoranking: Taking Jamaica by storm ON JULY 29, 2017


Saturday, July 22, would remain significant in the annals of history, not because it was the day  the  biggest reggae festival in the world- the Reggae Sumfest shut down Jamaica. But importantly,the day Nigerian dancehall star, Patoranking broke the record as  the first African artiste to perform at the festival. The ‘My Woman, My Everything’,  singer took to his Instagram page to express his happiness. He  said  his unborn children would one day learn about his legacies as the first African artistes to perform at the reggae festival. ‘My kids will be taught in school how their father was the first African artiste to perform at the biggest reggae festival in the world. If you believe it you can achieve it…I pray for  my colleagues/African artistes to experience the same  open doors.’ ‘I may never have come this far if I don’t have doubting Thomas dem/haters but please don’t stop doubting or hating I really need more of that.  Am already in 2018 and my New video just dropped….Welcome to my World,’ he wrote.

Patoranking Expressing further excitement, Patoranking, who performed alongside Jamaican great reggae stars such as Alkaline, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Dexta Daps, Spice, and Tommy Lee Sparta at the historic festival, narrated how he sang ‘Alubarika’, the song  that changed his life to over 20,000 people in Jamaica. Sharing his excitement with Jamaican Splash, in an interview, 27-year-old, Patoranking whose  real names are Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, said:

  ‘I can’t find the words to accurately express how I feel… it’s a dream come true for me, a really big deal. But first and foremost, this one will go down in the history books and this is something I will tell my kids — that I was the first African artiste to perform on the Reggae Sumfest stage in Jamaica. I am so happy to be here in a country I have dreamed about so much, sharing in this vibrant culture and learning more about these beautiful people.”

Patoranking couldn’t wait to excite Jamaican audience with his electrifying performance. His hit My Woman, My Everything, has truly earned him a legion of fans in Jamaica, with his recognisable dancehall flavour on top of a undeniable Afrobeat rhythm.

“I have always wanted to be the voice of the voiceless. So my music and lyrics must always say something for those who can’t speak for whatever reason. With My Woman, My Everything, I strongly believe there is someone… a taximan, a bus driver and conductor, who needs the words to express himself to the woman in his life, and this is the perfect track. I have to give big respect to Wande Coal who collaborated with me on that track and provided such a great hook. For Jamaicans to know and love my track is just another amazing thing for me. I grew up on reggae and dancehall music. I knew them before I knew about hip hop. I knew of Jamaica before so many other countries in the world. So for my music to be available to Jamaicans is just another moment for me.”

Patoranking’s  hit song ‘My Woman, My Everything’, reportedly has earned him a legion of fans in Jamaica, with his recognizable dancehall flavour on top of a undeniable Afrobeat rhythm. “I have always wanted to be the voice of the voiceless. So my music and lyrics must always say something for those who can’t speak for whatever reason. With My Woman, My Everything, I strongly believe there is someone… a taxi man, a bus driver and conductor, who needs the words to express himself to the woman in his life, and this is the perfect track. I have to give big respect to Wande Coal who collaborated with me on that track and provided such a great hook. For Jamaicans to know and love my track is just another amazing thing for me. I grew up on reggae and dancehall music. I knew them before I knew about hip hop. I knew of Jamaica before so many other countries in the world. So for my music to be available to Jamaicans is just another moment for me,” he said.

Since the first edition of the festival in 1993, Reggae Sumfest, “the biggest concert festival in Jamaica”, has attracted top artists in the genre including Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Damian and Stephen Marley and others. Pop acts 50 Cent, Usher and Rihanna have also performed at the festival. Patoranking, who took the Nigerian music scene by storm in 2015, with his hit ‘ Alubarika’ has continued to be a force to reckon with, in African music scene. He is a judge on the singing talent show The Voice Nigeria.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/patoranking-taking-jamaica-storm/


These festival-goers just turned up the heat with their summer style.

In case your summer wardrobe needs a facelift, let the fashionable festival goers from 2017’s Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, aka, the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth,” help you get it done.

Beenie Man Wore Head-to-Toe Gucci

Beenie Man Wore Head-to-Toe Gucci

For decades, Jamaicans have carved out their own unique lane in fashion. Bright colors, fishnets, headwraps, and flowy/earthy pieces have been staples of the culture that continue to be remixed by each generations to follow. Tourists and locals alike gathered on the festival grounds in Montego Bay, Jamaica for Sumfest’s week-long 25th anniversary celebration, looking fresh AF while doing it. Safe to say, the off-the-wall performances weren’t the only attractions turning heads. CLICK HERE to Cruise through the gallery below to see the bright and bold street style from Reggae Sumfest 2017 .

Capleton aka “King Shango” in his custom suit showed how a real RASta man makes an entrance

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The Wicked Street Style of Reggae Sumfest 2017


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.

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


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



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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Reggae Sumfest: Virtual Access Granted To Millions Worldwide
Monday | July 10, 2017 | 7:56 PM

The world will be watching the best of reggae and dancehall on stage at Reggae Sumfest when the main concert opens on Friday, July 21 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest 25, will raise the bar in the quality of food offerings, venue layout and worldwide accessibility.