Beresford Hammond, simply called ‘Beres’ by his legion of fans, wowed tens of thousands of Reggae Sumfest patrons at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay Sunday morning with an exhilarating performance.
The veteran crooner had the venue dancing and singing, and he loved every moment of his hour-and-15-minutes set, punctuating each song with smiles and laughter.
Audience members greeted the start of each song with screams and vuvuzelas to signal their approval and, while acknowledging the love, Beres reeled off hits after hits from his extensive catalogue with the process repeating itself until the end of his set.
Not hogging the spotlight, he gave all the members of his band the opportunity to share in the glory, as during his performance of ‘Can You Play Some More’, one after the other they took centre stage for a solo moment.
He also brought on stage another veteranb act, Beenie Man, who he had spotted at the corner of the stage cheering him on. In his brief cameo, ‘The Doctor’ was warmly received as he delivered a couple of his own hit sons, ‘Girls Dem Sugar’ and ‘Who Am I’.
But it was still all about Beres.
Perhaps indicative of his top billing, the rocksteady legend was introduced on stage by Josef Bogdanovich, the CEO of Sumfest organiser Downsounds Records.
He took the stage with ‘No Goodbye’ before smoothly transitioning into ‘Can’t Stop A Man’, ‘Sweet Lies’, ‘Come Back Home’, ‘Step Aside’, ‘One Dance’, ‘She Loves Me Now’ and ‘I Wish’.
Beres would then start ‘Falling In Love All Over Again’ but broke to ask the audience to echo “oh na na na na naa” after which he did the section of the song that was done by incarcerated dancehall act, Buju Banton, igniting a loud cheer.
‘Kids Play’ would follow, then ‘Sweetness’ before he started ‘I Could Beat Myself’ and quickly moved into ‘Full Attention’, ‘Tempted To Touch’, ‘Double Trouble’ and ‘Putting Up A Resistance’.
It was then ‘Can You Play Some More’ and the solo pieces from the band members as well as Beenie Man, before Beres launched into ‘No Disturbed Sign’, ‘Love Means’, ‘I Feel Good’, ‘They Gonna Talk’, ‘Rockaway’, ‘Come Down Father’.
He closed his amazing set with ‘One Step’ and left the stage to loud cheers from a very appreciative audience.
Grace Kitchens ‘Jerkin Tings’ Up At Reggae Sumfest
Published:Friday | July 27, 2018 |
Nadine Sterling, lover of good food and good music, found both at the Grace Kitchens Cafe at Reggae Sumfest 2018.
The Grace Kitchens Cafe jerked ‘tings’ up at the 2018 staging of Reggae Sumfest. The food court, officially sponsored by Grace Foods, brought the perfect mix of delicious food and positive vibes to the festival with their mouth-watering menu offerings at the Grace Kitchens Cafe.
The hardest decision was what to choose with a menu that offered something for everybody and included Grace Foil-roasted Jerk Fish, Grace Jerk BBQ ribs, Grace Jerk Chicken Pasta, Grace Sweet Corn on the Cob with Jerk Butter and for dessert, Grace Buttered Almond Bread Pudding served with caramel and crushed almonds.
Those who visited the Cafe on Dancehall night might have even run into Artiste and Grace Brand Ambassador Ding Dong, who stopped by with his Ravers crew to get enjoy the food and fun during the greatest reggae show on earth.
Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley had the Catherine Hall crowd hooked for just over one hour with a energetic performance at Reggae Sumfest on Sunday morning,
It was Marley at his best as he engaged the crowd constantly and had audience members lapping up every minute of his set which also saw him showing off his fitness with knee lifts as he celebrated his 40th birthday,
Numbering in the tens of thousands, the Catherine Hall crowd sang loudly to almost all of Junior Gong’s presentations that included samples from hits by his father, late reggae legend Bob Marley.
Marley’s son Elijah perfoms ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ in tribute to his father who turned 40 on Saturday.
Marley’s performance also included songs from his last album ‘Stony Hill’ which earlier this year beat an illustrious field to cop the Reggae Grammy. It was not limited though, with music from his previous works.
The audience was also treated to a touching moment when Marley’s son Elijah joined him on stage and sang Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, dedicating the song to his father, whose birthday was on Saturday.
Marley had opened his set with ‘Here We Go’ from the Stony Hill album before going into his combination with Skrillex, ‘Make It Bun Dem’, ‘Set Up Shop’, ‘Ghetto Youth’ and another combination, ‘Beautiful’ with Bobby Brown.
Marley would then talk about the healing benefits of ganja before doing ‘Medication’, ‘The Mission’, ‘Police And Thief Inna Shoot’ and ‘Love And Unity’.
Kabaka Pyramid joined Junior Gong on stage.
His father’s ‘War’ and ‘Exodus’ would follow before ‘Everybody Wants To Be Somebody’ and ‘A Man Is Just A Man’ .
Kabaka Pyramid joined Marley on stage for their combination, ‘Kontraband’, after which ‘Junior Gong’ performed ‘Living It Up’, a song celebrating his father’s victory over poverty and inspiring others in similar circumstances to do the same.
He once again had the audience singing along to ‘Road To Zion’ and the ever-popular ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ with which he closed his well-received set.
A Agência de Promoção do Destino Continua Sua Expansão nos Meios Digitais
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – 24 de julho de 2018 – Dando continuidade ao sucesso da campanha de marketing digital “Vem Comigo Para a Jamaica”, o JTB – Escritório de Turismo da Jamaica, aumentou seu impacto no espaço digital com o live streaming dos shows da 26ª edição do Reggae Sumfest.
A transmissão apresentou uma série de momentos ao vivo a partir do Catherine Hall, em Montego Bay, mostrando as principais performances, junto com apresentações dos artistas e entrevistas, pela popular apresentadora de TV Shakina Deer. O JTB Live Stream pode ser visto na fanpage do Visit Jamaica no Facebook, que já conta com mais de 940.000 seguidores ao redor do globo.
“Este ano nós queremos dar à nossa audiência um aperitivo em ambiente virtual do que o maior festival de regae da terra se parece”, informou Donovan White, Diretor de Turismo da Jamaica. “Nós sabemos que existem várias pessoas que por alguma razão não puderam estar em Montego Bay. Então usamos essa plataforma para mostramos não apenas nossa música, mas também nossa cultura, nossa moda, comida e nossa vribração, que é a marca registrada do Reggae Sumfest.”
Depois de duas horas de transmissão ao vivo, as estatísticas do Facebook Live mostraram que mais de 68.000 pessoas acessaram o live stream, com 24.311 visitantes únicos e um engajamento de postagem de 2.669 pessoas. Os principais locais de acesso foram Nova York, Flórida e Kingston.
A transmissão ao vivo também contou com entrevistas, como a do artista sensação do reggae argentino Dread Mar I, além de D Major, Press Kay, Yanique the Curvy Diva e do CEO da Downsound Entertainment Josef Bogdanovich.
Com os esforços contínuos para expandir seu alcance internacional, o JTB recebeu o artista sensação de reggae e influencer argentino Dread Mar I, como convidado especial do evento. Reconhecido como um dos mais influentes artistas do movimento reggae na Argentina e em grande parte da América Latina, a visita de Dread Mar I na ilha ganhou enorme visibilidade entre sua base de fans e seus mais de 850.000 seguidores no instagram. Durante sua visita a Montego Bay, Dread Mar I concedeu entrevistas à mídia e compartilhou histórias de como sua paixão pelo reggae começou quando ouviu o lendário Bob Marley, o que posteriormente se desdobrou em uma carreira de sucesso de quase três décadas.
A transmissão do Facebook Live foi um sucesso que continuou pela segunda noite do show, capturando a atenção das audiências do mundo, que presenciaram o “maior show de reggae da Terra”.
Durante a transmissão, a apresentadora Sakina Deer recebeu os artistas do Reggae Sumfest deste ano: J Boog, Keznamdi, Naomi Cowan e D’Yani. O público pôde presenciar entrevistas exclusivas, com suas visões por trás das câmeras do festival e atualizações em tempo real dos próprios cantores.
Outros convidados VIPs memoráveis incluiram o Dr. Horace Chang, Ministro da Segurança Nacional e and Mitch Watson Presidente da Associação das Nações Unidas da Jamaica e a atleta prodígio do sprint Briana Williams.
Acima: o Diretor de Turismo Donovan White (ao centro) recebe o Dr. Horace Chang, Ministro da Segurança Nacional (à direita) e Mitch Watson, Presidente da Associação das Nações Unidas da Jamaica.
Acima: a sensação do sprint Briana Williams (no centro) também fez parte das festividades no camarote do JTB durante o Reggae Sumfest com o Diretor de Turismo Donovan White (à esquerda) e o Conselheiro Especial para o Ministro do Turismo Delano Seiveright.
Membros locais e internacionais da mídia também se juntaram ao JTB para entrevistar artistas, patrocinadores e organizadores do evento. Entre eles, Janet Silvera do Jamaica Gleaner’s, Sean Kelly da radio canadense Mix 97 FM e a vencedora do Reggae Sumfest Inspire Award, Patricia Meschino, da Billboard.
Acima: Delroy Anderson, Diretor de Distribuição e Varejo da Digicel Jamaica (à direita), conversa com o Diretor de Turismo Donovan White (à esquerda) enquanto visita o camarote do JTB no Reggae Sumfest 2018. Tanto o JTB quanto a Digicel são patrocinadores do “maior show de reggae da Terra”.
O Escritório de Turismo da Jamaica (JTB) foi fundado em 1955 e é a agência de turismo nacional da Jamaica, tendo sua sede central na capital de Jamaica, Kingston. A JTB conta com escritórios em Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto e em Londres. Também representações em Berlin, Barcelona, Roma, Amsterdã e Mumbai.
A Jamaica foi votada o #1 Melhor Destino do Caribe, e #14 entre os Melhores Destinos do Mundo em 2018 pelo ranking do site de viagens TripAdvisor®. Também este ano, o Conselho Internacional da Associação de Escritores de Viagens da Área do Pacífico (PATWA) nomeou a Jamaica como o Melhor Destino Para Turismo de Aventura . A TravAlliance Media nomeou o JTB como Melhor Escritório de Turismo em Geral. O JTB foi laureado pelo World Travel Awards (WTA) como Escritório de Turismo Líder no Caribe de 2006 a 2017. Em 2017, a Jamaica também foi votada pelo WTA como o Destino de Casamentos Líder no Caribe e o Destino Líder em Cruzeiros no Caribe. Jamaica é o lar de alguns dos melhores alojamentos, atrações e provedores de serviços do mundo que ganharam vários prêmios ao longo do anos.
Para mais detalhes sobre os próximos eventos especiais, sobre atrações e acomodações na Jamaica, acesse o site oficial do JTB em https://www.visitjamaica.com/portuguese/ ou ligue diretamente para o Escritório de Turismo da Jamaica pelo telefone (1-800-526-2422). Siga o JTB também pelas redes sociais no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest e no YouTube. E visite o blog do JTB em www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.
Kingston, Jamaica.- Miles de fanáticos del reggae y el dancehall de todo el mundo llegarán a la isla para ir a la presentación del “Mejor Espectáculo de Reggae del Planeta”, del 15 al 22 de julio en Montego Bay. El icónico festival musical Reggae Sumfest de Jamaica será ampliado a ocho días este año, según Downsound Entertainment, los propietarios del festival desde 2016.
El festival de este año atrajo a algunos de los artistas más importantes del género, entre ellos Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Beres Hammond, Capleton, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Spice y Raging Fyah.
Este año los asistentes también podrán disfrutar algo fuera de lo habitual, ya que por primera vez se ha agregado un sabor latino, con el artista de reggae mexicano Jah Fabio, quien se presentará el viernes por la noche.
“Jamaica es donde nació el reggae, y este festival de clase mundial, el Reggae Sumfest, ofrece a los amantes de la música la oportunidad de ver a algunos de sus artistas favoritos en un gran escenario”, declaró Donovan White, Director de Turismo de Jamaica.
“El verano es un gran momento para visitar Jamaica y este evento es una de las muchas actividades con las cuales los visitantes pueden sumergirse en nuestra cultura, interactuar con nuestra gente y probar nuestra deliciosa gastronomía”.
Actividades del Reggae Sumfest
Las actividades de la semana incluyen:
• Fiesta de playa Sumfest Colorfest, el domingo 15 de julio
• Fiesta en la calle Sumfest Street Jam, el lunes 16 de julio
• Fiesta Sumfest All White Party, el martes 17 de julio
• Sumfest Blitz, el miércoles 18 de julio
• Los premios Sumfest Inspire Awards y el Duelo de pesos pesados, el jueves 19 de julio
• Simposio de la industria del reggae y noche de Dancehall Sumfest, el viernes 20 de julio
• Noche de Reggae Sumfest, el sábado 21 de julio
• Sumfest Morning Medz, el domingo 22 de julio
Paquetes de hotel para el Reggae Sumfest
A medida que se acercan las fechas del festival, los hoteles se van llenando y muchos ya están agotados. El hotel Iberostar Hotels & Resort, una lujosa propiedad de cinco estrellas todo incluido, que es patrocinador Platinum del festival, está ofreciendo paquetes especiales al igual que otros socios como Deja All-Inclusive Resort, Grand Palladium Jamaica y Lady Hamilton Resorts & Spa, Holiday Inn Resort, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Sandals Resorts, Sea Gardens Beach Resort y The Wexford Hotel.
Spice Talks About Her Black Panther Inspired Performance at Sumfest and What Her Life Is Like After Her First Season of Love & Hip Hop
“When I go to the airport the officers know me now, which is weird.”
by Heather Haynes7/25/2018Spice has been the Queen of Dancehall in Jamaica for years but after her debut on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta season seven, the icon is ready to dominate the U.S. charts, too. Spice recently dominated the stage at the Red Stripe Sumfest 2018 (Jamiaca’s biggest reggae and dancehall festival) where she took the stage as Lupita’s N’youngo’s character, Nakia, from Black Panther complete with an all-female army.
The Queen of Dancehall then changed into a “Spicier” look when she performed her new single “Under Fire” and an amazing Dancehall remix of Ella Mai’s hit song “Boo’d Up.” Spice’s performance didn’t happen without any hiccups though–in the middle of the set, police and the Fire Marshall rushed the stage because of the use of fire torches. The Queen of Dancehall addressed them off stage during her wardrobe change, leaving the audience to believe it was a part of her elaborate set.
VH1.com got a chance to speak with Spice after the show, for her take on the performance and to catch up on life after her first season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.
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Why did you decide to go with a Wakanda theme for your performance? Spice: I chose that theme because I am a strong black woman, [and] being the Queen of Dancehall, I wanted to represent for the Black culture.
What happened with the police on stage during your Sumfest performance?
I felt disrespected by the officer and the Fire Marshall for interrupting my performance. I really wanted to deliver a good show and I feel like it was being sabotaged [and targeted] as a woman in the business. I was watching the performances from everyone else [at Sumfest] and there wasn’t anything happening when the artist before me was on stage, so I felt sabotaged and cornered. I’m outnumbered. I think [there were] only three women performing at the entire festival.
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It was still an amazing performance, regardless of the drama. What new music are you working on?
I have my new song called “Under Fire” [which] I’m about to shoot the music video for [and] people are anticipating it because it’s the hottest dancehall song right now. I [also] just released a video for “Tik Tak” which that got 4 million views in a month.
On the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta season seven reunion, you said you made up with Tokyo Vanity, and mentioned that you ladies are working on music together?
You know what? Since the reunion we haven’t really spoken, so I don’t want to really elaborate too much, on what we’re working on. I think when we see each other again we’ll meet in the studio and plan, but we’re definitely cool, we have a nice vibe, she’s really cool and very fun to be around.What’s the status of you and Tommie’s relationship?
We don’t speak. It’s done.
So now that your first season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta has wrapped, do you notice any change in performing in Jamaica now that you’re on National television? =
I wouldn’t say that! I would be ungrateful if I said that because I’ve always received love in my country–all the time, major love. So I wouldn’t say [after being on] Love & Hip Hop anything in Jamaica has changed. Outside of the U.S., yes, because even when I go to the airport the officers know me now, which is weird. So, in America, yes my fan-base is growing. It’s time to get big in America now.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s commanding officer for the ongoing state of public emergency (SOE) in St James,, said he was very pleased with how the security measures instituted for the staging of Reggae Sumfest 2018 held up.
“We created a special entertainment zone (SEZ) around the festival and it worked very well,” said Powell, who had previously expressed satisfaction with the security plan before it was made public. “It was good that the festival was incident-free and the parish was peaceful.”
In the weeks leading up to the festival, some stakeholders in the parish worried about breaching the provision of the SOE to facilitate the staging of the festival, especially against the background of criminals regularly using crowded events as a cover to carry out nefarious acts, including murders.
“Honestly, I was quite nervous because we are again seeing a slight uptick in crime,” a businesswoman, who asked not to be identified, told The Gleaner earlier this week. “I am so happy that it turned out to be a peaceful event.”
While security measures were relaxed in downtown Montego Bay, Powell said the normal SOE measures remained in full force in the other parts of the parish during the festival.
“There was no relaxation of the security measures outside the zone (SEZ),” said Powell. “And now that the festival is over, we will go back to where we were before Reggae Sumfest.”
While the residents of inner-city communities are somewhat wary of the SOE because of the restrictions it comes with, it was interesting to note that during his Reggae Sumfest performance, Tommy Lee Sparta, who got detained for a short period under the enhanced security measures, gave it his verbal endorsement.
“It is the best thing for Montego Bay right now. At least nobody nah lose dem life,” Tommy Lee said. “De place wi lock down early, but we can’t complain ’cause the violence less, and that is the greatest thing.”
While the SOE has resulted in a 65 per cent reduction in murders in St James, the fact that murders are still taking place remains a serious concern for Powell.
“We can’t say we are where we want to be but significant progress is being made,” said Powell.
Ghanaian dancehall artist, Stonebwoy performed over the weekend. Furthermore, this was at Jamaica’s biggest annual summer reggae festival (SumFest). It took place at Montego Bay’s Catherine Hall Event Centre in Jamaica.
Jamaica Summer Fest and Stonebwoy
This year’s SumFest marked the 26th biggest Jamaican summer festival. Also, the Ghanaian dancehall sensation had an invitation to perform at the event.
The Zylofon Music signed artiste is the first ever Ghanaian musician to perform in one of Jamaica’s biggest event like SumFest.
The BET Award winner in an interview with Downsound Entertainment after thrilling his Jamaican crowd, expressed his happiness. Moreover, he stated how honoured he is for being the first Ghanaian artiste to perform in Jamaica’s SumFest.
Stonebwoy’s performance lasted for 15 minutes, even more than some Jamaican artistes who graced the same stage. Before he came on, Dmajor, Harry Toddler and some others performed. Right after Stonebwoy came on stage Agent Sasco (Assassin), whom Stonebwoy featured on “Hakuna Matata”, another single off the “Epistles Of Mama” album.
Elijah Marley on stage at Reggae Sumfest on Saturday night.
While it was Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley who was celebrating a birthday, he was the one who left all those at the closing night of Reggae Sumfest 2018 with a musical gift.
The 2017 Reggae Grammy winner worked like an inspired man, digging generously into his own catalogue while also evoking memories of his famous father – King of Reggae, Bob Marley. As he sang and danced to his heart’s content, the son of the legend, who came off a tour in Europe to perform at Reggae Sumfest, made it clear that “there is no place like home.”
He sent the fans into a screaming and dancing frenzy with his popular ‘anthem’, Welcome to Jamrock, and his performance of Medication made the audience ‘high’.
In reflecting on his journey to age 40, the lanky ‘Gongzilla’ paid tribute to his parents for giving him the life he now enjoys. “My parents worked hard for me to have a good life,” said Marley, whose own son, Elijah, stole the hearts of many patrons when he strolled centre stage and gave his dad a lyrical gift – singing Stevie Wonder’s monster hit, I Just Call To Say I Love You, which had his dad clearly bemused, and his grandmother – former Miss World Cindy Breakspeare – singing along from side stage, beaming with pride.
Intent on giving patrons a lyrical gift, Junior Gong made light of his birthday, declaring, “me put it off till next year,” when joining him on stage Kabaka Pyramid told the crowd that, “he celebrated his birthday yesterday (Saturday) and I want you to say happy birthday to the ‘Gongzilla.”
The singer ended his set with a playful exchange with his son, who had returned to the stage to dance up a storm during the delivery of Welcome to Jamrock. As he ran across the stage, his dad playfully chased him, much to the delight of the fans. When finally caught, father and son laughed heartily as they hugged each other.
True to his fan-given moniker, Gongzilla smashed and trampled expectations, leaving Montego Bay in the blissful aftermath of his musical destruction.
Responses To Junior Gong’s Performance
“What a man … what a performance,” remarked radio personality Denise ‘Isis’ Miller, who was clearly moved by the performance.
Dr Sonja Niaah: “We have not begun to see the best of Junior Gong. He understands himself and the crowd in a very, very unique way. In so many ways he is already legendary. He recognises that he is part of an empire, whether he is speaking or on a stage.”
Professor Donna Hope: “Damian’s performance was impressive, stellar. He always delivers. His son giving him that tribute for his birthday was simply awesome.”