Wed July 18, 2018
It was an explosion of entertainment and activity as the aesthetically pleasing coastal venue delivered on the second night of the festival, bringing together hundreds of local patrons and their international guests.
DJ Noah Powa got the crowd jumping in the early hours of the evening as party enthusiasts made their way into the free event and were greeted by good food and drink, prizes, surprises and tons of giveaways.
In addition, Jamaica’s rich heritage was front and centre showcasing the finest cultural cosmetics, clothing and treats to the delight of tourists.
Dancehall top selectors Ikel Marvlus and Flabba Dabba of Team Shella took to the set later on and had fans dancing up a storm with hits such as Elephant Man’s Signal the Plane, Vybz Kartel’s Life Is What You Make It and Tommy Lee’s Money Make Friend.
The event also rolled out the red carpet to local celebrities such as Orville Hall and his Dance Xpressionz team; Dancing Dynamite finalists, Anchovy High; and even Reggae Sumfest’s principal and CEO of DownSound Record, Joe Bogdanovich.
“Reggae Sumfest 2018 is bigger and better than ever and it is going to be a lot of joy and togetherness with great music and great art,” said Bogdanovich.
“We are bringing a whole new level of entertainment in Jamaica. There are hundreds of people here at the street dance party. The vibes is good and it is all about reggae and dancehall. I feel good about it,” he added.
One patron, Jevaughn Brown, described the event as an amazing night of good fun and entertainment.
“It was great to see so many people come out, including tourists, with their family and friends to enjoy this wonderful experience,” said Brown.
The 26th staging of the world-renowned music festival will be held at Catherine Hall entertainment complex on July 20 and 21.
According to the Sumfest website, “ticket holders may not bring in chairs to the festival, due to safety issues and regulations”.
However, in a telephone interview with THE STAR, Sumfest director and deputy chairman Robert Russell said that the restrictions will be for seats of a certain size.
“We going to allow people to use chairs, but what we won’t allow is the big, sprawling lounge chairs that take up two and three spaces,” Russell said. “(We will allow) chairs that patrons can sit on comfortably, (because) we can’t expect patrons to stand up all night. I would not be going if I had to stand up all night … but there has to be restrictions.”
The website said the new restrictions will affect the last two nights and is established to ensure the safety of patrons, and comes at a time when a record number of reggae music fans is projected to attend.
Sizzla, Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Harry Toddla, Agent Sasco, Shane O, Tosh Alexander, Tommy Lee, Dance Xpressionz, Rygin King, Govana and Stonebwoy (Ghana) are among the acts scheduled to perform on Friday’s dancehall night.
The legendary Beres Hammond, Damian Marley, Capleton, Cham, Fantan Mojah, J Boog, Jah Dore, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Naomi Cowan and Empress Ayeola are among those billed for Saturday night.
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Published:Saturday | July 14, 2018 | Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer
Its reputation for promoting talents is highly revered among the fraternity of emerging artistes despite the early placements and short performance time it offers.
According to emerging artist D’Yani, who is performing on Reggae Sumfest Reggae Night (night two), an opportunity, no matter how small is at the end of the day, a good opportunity.
“The platform is there to explore. As a young artiste, you must use, every minute to deliver a good solid set that will leave a lasting impact,” he told The Gleaner.
The Sad Story singer was recognised by the Reggae Sumfest team while performing on the Fame 95FM Road Party.
“The eight to 10 minutes up-and-coming artistes like myself have will still be a part of the broadcast to an international audience,” he said. “I honestly did not envision being on the stage when I attended in 2016 to see Barrington Levy on the stage.”
Dancehall singjay Kim Nain shared the same sentiment. “It is the beginning for another part of the musical journeys young artistes are taking,” she said.
Meanwhile, Imeru Tafari, 24-year-old son of Queen Ifrica and fast-rising reggae artiste, sees the stage show like any other event where he is given time to perform.
“It could be a Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute or smaller event – to me, it is about showing not only my talent, but most importantly, sharing the message of positivity and righteousness. For all the shows, it is the same,” he said.
Imeru Tafari is cognisant that he will only receive five minutes to perform his set but nonchalantly answered, “It’s not a big problem. Two song can still deliver in that time.” He says his true satisfaction comes from being able to share the lyrics.
“The Reggae Sumfest stage is definitely one that will expose me to bigger platforms being an international show, and I am hoping it brings me across the world,” he added.
“It is my second time performing. The first time, my mother called me on stage to perform with her. There I got the chance to sing Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley’s verse from their collaboration, Trueversation,” he recalled.
Other young reggae performers include Abatau (son of Tony Rebel), Naomi Cowan, and Stushie, and among the emerging dancehall acts Rygin King and Vanzo.
Reggae Sumfest returns to Catherine Hall Event Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica with a heavy-hitting artist lineup featuring the world’s
top reggae and dancehall artists.
Can’t make it this year?
No problem, Mon….Join the party by viewing the Live Stream of
World Clash, plus two Main event nights.
3 great livestream events now for Reggae Sumfest:
~World Clash Thursday, July 19,
~Dancehall Night Friday, July 20
~Reggae Night Saturday, July 21
Check out Videos of World Clash Performers:
By overwhelming popular demand, a third free Live Stream has been added to Reggae Sumfest…The Irish & Chin World Clash 20th Anniversary Party and Celebration will be live streamed for free, as well. Fans will be able to sign up to watch on the Live Streaming page of website …It all starts 10 PM EST / Jamaica Time Thursday July 19.
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2. Reggae Sumfest will be held in Montego Bay, St James, from July 15 to 22. 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.