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.
The Epic Sumfest Battle in Montego Bay on July 19 will feature DJs Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Ricky Trooper and Pink Panther
Jamaica’s rich music culture is often emulated throughout the world. A good old-fashioned sound clash is one of the many musical standouts originated in the country that reggae fans across the world have come to enjoy. More classically defined, a sound clash is a DJ battle (mostly in reggae and dancehall) where two collective sounds – consisting of one or more selectors (or DJs as they say in U.S.) – go tune for tune. They often use custom remixes (aka dub plates) featuring drops from marquee artists to win over the audience.
Now, Jamaica’s largest music festival Reggae Sumfest will host the iconic sound clash from one of the biggest players in the game. Irish and Chin will celebrate their 20th anniversary for a toe-to-toe, can’t-miss competition between leading sounds – Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Ricky Trooper and Pink Panther. This commemorative event will take place on Thu. July 19 at Pier One Event Center in Montego Bay, the night before Sumfest’s 2-day music festival.
Based on the historical context of its contenders, this year’s competition will be epic. Tony Matterhorn, the former selector for King Addies before going solo in 1999 at World Clash, is the first selector to win back-to-back World Clash titles, securing victories at World Clash Jamaica (aka Death Before Dishonor) in 2002 and 2003. Pink Panther, while playing Black Kat, has won the most World Clash titles in the 20 year run of the Series. He has 6 World Clash trophies. Mighty Crown from Yokohama, Japan has won a total of 5 World Clash titles. They became internationally renowned in 1999 at World Clash after defeating Kilimanjaro, featuring Ricky Trooper, and Tony Matterhorn. Ricky Trooper, as lead selector of Kilimanjaro, won the first ever Irish and Chin World Clash, which was held in 1998 at Amazura in Queens, NY. His first major win under his own sound system, Sound Trooper was at World Clash Jamaica (aka Death Before Dishonor) in 2006.
Throughout it’s 20 year run, World Clash has been hosted by a number of celebrities including Ninjaman, Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Bounty Killer.
PRE-EVENTS: Sun. July 15 – Sumfest
Colour-Fest Beach Party
@ Tropical Bliss Beach | Doors Open: 3pm | (Ticketed)
Mon. July 16 – Sumfest Street
Dance @ Hip Strip, MoBay | Gates Open: 7pm | (Free)
Tues. July 17 – All White Party @ Pier One Restaurant & Bar | Doors Open: 8pm | (Ticketed)MAIN EVENTMAIN EVENT
Wed. July 18 – The Blitz “All Black” Party @ (Venue TBD) | Doors Open: 8pm | (Ticketed) Stefflon Don and Safaree
Thu. July 19 – The Inspire Awards @ Iberostar Hotel | 5pm-9pm | (Invitation Only)
Thu. July 19 – Reggae Sumfest Presents Irish & Chin’s World Clash 20th Anniversary @ Pier One Event Center | Doors Open: 8pm | (Ticketed) Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Ricky Trooper and Pink Panther
Fri. July 20 – Sumfest Symposium @ Montego Bay Conference Center | Time TBD | (Free)
Friday night July 20 – is the ultimate dancehall takeover with all-star artists including: Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, I-Octane, Stonebwoy and more.
Saturday night July 21 – will feature show-stopping performances from many of reggae’s biggest names: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Raging Fyah, Jesse Royal, J Boog and many more.
POST EVENT: Sun. July 22 – Sumfest Medz “Tailgate” Party @ Dump Up Beach | Start: 8am | (Ticketed)
Downsound Boss Joe Bogdanovich, on stage at last year’s event.
Down sound Entertainment (DSE), organisers of Reggae Sumfest, will be hosting the first launch of Reggae Sumfest 2018 in New York City (NYC) tomorrow.
The launch, to be held at NYC hot spot the DL, is aimed at maximising awareness of the festival among influencers and millennials in the tri-state area, with disposable income to travel to Jamaica to enjoy the annual festival.
Special guests Agent Sasco, Raging Fyah, and Tosh Alexander, will grace the stage to set the tone for what is expected to be the best staging of the event in its 26 year history.
The Consul General of Jamaica in New York, Trudy Deans, will also be delivering remarks at the event.
Commenting on the planned pre-launch event, DSE boss Joe Bogdanovich said, “this will be the first in a series of international launches aimed at further maximising the reach of the festival. This year, Sumfest is poised to be the best we’ve had, with a star studded line-up and planned improvements in the overall experience. We are excited, and I believe the fans are too, and it has shown in the ticket sales so far.”
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. Read More
Following Reggae Sumfest’s line-up announcement, Jamaica’s annual music festival adds more flavour to the mix with Stefflon Don and Safaree.
The two artistes will perform at Sumfest’s Blitz ‘All Black’ pre-party on July 18. Safaree will also host the event.
This is one of the many back-to-back themed parties leading up to the two-day iconic concert on July 20 and 21 in Montego Bay.
Stefflon Don, the UK rapper, singer and songwriter with Jamaican roots, has been turning heads with her sharp-tongued lyrical versatility and fierce bravado.
With a series of hit singles like her US Top 10 Hurtin’ Me, featuring French Montana, 16 Shots, Real Ting, and Ding-A-Ling, featuring Skepta and collaborations with Future, Jeremih, Halsey, Sean Paul and J Balvin, the current NME magazine cover star is poised for international stardom.
Safaree, the US rapper and reality television star, has been making waves with his newest single Hunnid and a slew of mixtapes that blend dancehall and hip hop.
Music will also be provided by DJs Rolexx, Creep (Chromatic) and Team Shella at The Blitz ‘All Black’ party.