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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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Twenty three years romance with Reggae Sumfest

July 20, 2018
Italian Steve Giant (left) poses with dancehall ace Shabba Ranks at a previous staging of Reggae Sumfest.

When Reggae Sunsplash folded in Montego Bay after its 1992 staging, Italian newspaper publisher Steve Giant, a loyal fan of that festival, was left a disappointed man, as making the annual trek to Jamaica had become an integral part of his life.

However, Giant’s disappointment was short-lived as in 1995, he learnt that Reggae Sumfest had replaced Reggae Sunsplash on the Montego Bay entertainment calendar and since then, he has been travelling to Jamaica for the past 23 years to satisfy his passion for reggae music and his growing love for Jamaica.

“My first Reggae Sumfest experience was in 1995. Basically, it’s been 23 years without interruption,” said Giant.

Over the years, it has not only been Reggae Sumfest that has been pulling the big Italian, who also manages a radio station, the Radio Base Popolare Network, which broadcasts reggae from morning to evening.

“I love the music, the parties, the beach… the Jamaican way of life style. That’s why I come back every year,” said Giant.

“Unfortunately, there’s no reggae festival like Reggae Sumfest in Italy … we had a big one, but they moved it to Spain.”

Despite not having a major reggae festival in Italy, Giant says reggae is nonetheless quite big in his homeland. He sees his popular magazine, RASTA SNOB, which he has been producing for more than 30 years, as one of the vehicles driving the growth of the music.

While each new year at Reggae Sumfest gives giant fresh “emotions, sensations, vibrations,” there are some special memories that have not dimmed over time.

“Definitely Shabba Ranks arriving by helicopter,” said Giant, in reflecting on Shabba’s spectacular arrival by helicopter at the venue back in the 1990s. “I also enjoy the clash in music between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, and the many international artistes who have duet with the Jamaican top artistes.”

Like many fans of Reggae Sumfest, Giant is mightily impressive by this year’s star-studded line-up and has identified several acts he can’t wait to see.

“I am looking forward to seeing Damian Marley, Cham, Capleton, Sizzla, Assassin, Beres Hammond, Raging Fyah,” said Giant.


Stonebwoy To Perform At Reggae Sumfest In Jamaica


As Reggae Sumfest celebrates its 26th anniversary this year, the greatest and only reggae show in Jamaica has, again, opened its doors to Africa.

Reggae Sumfest’s CEO Joseph Bagdonovich, in his bid to unite through music, has extended an invitation to Ghana’s most popular dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy.

Bagdonovich has also made the streaming free for Africans to watch.

Stonebwoy, who is excited about his first-ever performance at Reggae Sumfest, posted a video of his rehearsal, saying, “It’s a dancehall night this Friday at Montego Bay. Come witness the fire.”

Ghanaians can join the global live stream of Reggae Sumfest on both Friday and Saturday via reggaesumfest.cleeng.com or www.ameyawdebrah.com.

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Some patrons who attended the Sumfest “Colour-Fest” Beach Party at Tropical Bliss in Montego Bay, St James on Sunday, enjoyed the event from the vantage point of their cabanas.

The cabana concept, which was introduced to the 26-year-old Reggae Sumfest this year, allowed patrons to rent a cabana for the night. It not only offered a bird’s eye view of the activities, but also the added comfort of a beach bed.

Director of Reggae Sumfest, Robert Russell said the venue, Tropical Bliss, provided the perfect location for the introduction of the cabana concept.

He said patrons “warmed” to the idea which resulted in the cabanas being “sold out” in short order, once the gates to the venue were opened.

“We at Reggae Sumfest are always on a mission to improve the experience of our valued patrons and the Cabana concept presented us with an avenue to add  luxury to the beach party. We obviously didn’t have enough Cabanas to rent, but the patrons who were lucky enough to secure one, were very happy,” Russell said.

“Looking ahead to next year and beyond, we will see how we can add more of these cabanas to the venue while taking into consideration that they will have to be tastefully designed and positioned.”

Meanwhile, patrons who had to be at the venue very early on Sunday in order to rent their cabana, were very pleased they did and commended the organizers of Sumfest for such a futuristic and patron-centred move.

“We are very pleased that we were able to get one of these wonderful cabanas to rent for this party. The world is moving in the direction of bringing luxury to parties and entertainment events and we are happy that Sumfest has joined the trend,” a patron, Michelle Jones said.

Sunday’s Sumfest “Colour-Fest” Beach party saw hundreds of fun-loving party-goers descending on the venue for the high-energy event which was hosted by the “Curvy Diva” Yanique Barrett and Noah Power and featured DJs Team Shella, Jigga and Crazy Neil.

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The ‘King’ of Sumfest’s main nights – Worrell manages stage from festival’s beginning

July 17, 2018
File Woerrell King, stage manager for Reggae Sumfest 2018.

Worrell King is generally upbeat about stage management, which he has been doing for four decades. This includes working with Reggae Sumfest since its inception, and he tells THE STAR that he is especially happy with the approach of the current organisers. The festival is now run by the Joe Bogdanovich-led Downsound Entertainment. King does stage management for the main concert nights at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.

“I particularly enjoy working on Sumfest since they have taken over. I think the present owners value my position more than the average promoter,” said King. “They presented me with an award last year.”

Noting that he is “particularly motivated” for Reggae Sumfest 2018, King said: “It is because the promoters are so enthused about making a professional presentation.”

King made it clear that he is not putting down the former lead Sumfest organisers, as “they, too, were, in their own way, professionals and pushed for a professional presentation.”

Another factor contributing to King’s anticipation is the line-up.

“I think the artistes chosen are motivated to work,” he said.

Next Friday’s Dancehall Night roster includes Spice, Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Masicka, Harry Toddler, Yanique Curvy Diva, I-Octane, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco and Tosh Alexander. Saturday’s closing night features Beres Hammond, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Maxi Priest.


Over the years, King said: “Dancehall Night has posed more challenges than the other nights. It makes me feel like I am working or have worked. It is not an easy thing, but I have been successful many, many years. Challenges go with work, so they have to be taken care of.”

Although King has been stage manager for numerous concerts outside of Sumfest, he has never occupied that role for his own productions, which have included Eastern Consciousness, Western Consciousness, Reggae Sanity and Tribute to Peter Tosh.

“It is the most intricate job. It needs your entire senses. It is not easy to be a promoter and stage manager,” King said. He sums up the stage manager’s role as being responsible for everything that happens on the concert stage, from ensuring that equipment is in place and working properly to quick band changes and maintaining a smooth, punctual flow throughout – from a punctual start to ending on schedule.

King said that many times artistes want to know not only their time slots, but also who is performing before and after them. Plus, on concert night, there can be those who try to adjust the schedule by getting to the venue later then the time they were slated to perform, if they believe they were placed too early.

The time management begins at rehearsals, which King attends, and it is there that an artiste’s ego often starts to show “and you have to deal with it.”

He is clear about what he wants from the performers on the main stage nights of Reggae Sumfest 2018, where punctuality is key.

“I am asking all the artistes to be professional. I am begging for that. Come to the people show on time. Come off the people stage on time. We have limited time, so when you get a time, please stick to that limitation and make a professional presentation,” King said.

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