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Buju Banton Headlines List Of Top Artists For Reggae Sumfest

This July marks the 27th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s iconic music festival, set for Montego Bay from July 17-22, 2019. The star-studded line-up on Festival Nights 1 & 2 will include global reggae sensation Buju Banton, dancehall veterans Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, as well as Chronixx, Spice, Spragga Benz, Elephant Man, Protégé, Beres Hammond, and more.

This year the festival offers a 7-night line-up of events as follows:

July 14 – Mornin’ Medz Brunch Party

July 15 – Street Dance Party

July 16 – All White Party

July 17 – Blitz All Black Party / Bunji Garlin’s Birthday Celebration

July 18 – Global Sound Clash

July 19 – Festival Night 1

July 20 – Festival Night 2

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Global Sound Clash Comes to Mobay Thursday July 18th… A Clash Of The Titans!

Reggae Sumfest Ticketing Website

The Global Sound Clash Event Prior to Reggae Sumfest’s Main Nights
features Selectors from Around the World in an exciting GLOBAL SOUND CLASH Competition!

Following on the packed and riveting World Clash 20th Anniversary Sound Clash of Reggae Sumfest 2018 at Pier One, we have another All-Star Global Sound System Shoot-Out at the  Pier One Event Centre… 2019 GLOBAL SOUND CLASH of REGGAE SUMFEST Thursday Night July 18th



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Rickey Teetz for Reggae Sumfest

June 04, 2019
Rickey Teetz
Rickey Teetz

Montego Bay-based recording artiste Rickey Teetz is booked to perform on Dancehall Night (now known as Festival Night One) at Reggae Sumfest.

He is looking forward to the opportunity to strut his stuff on such a prestigious event.

“I am going to put together a great set for my fans at this year’s Reggae Sumfest stage and show the world what Rickey Teetz can deliver,” he said.

Over the past few months, Rickey Teetz has been steadily building his fan base with the release of a slew of songs that have been gaining heavy traction in the island’s dancehalls, as well as popping up on the rotation lists of major radio stations.

Songs like Dollar and Phase We have each racked up more than a million views on social video-sharing site, YouTube, while another, Oh Gassh, is generating thousands of spins as well.

Dollar was produced by Show do Vybz Entertainment, while Phase We was produced by Netspen Entertainment.

“I really love the direction that the music is taking me, my fan base is definitely growing. I released a new song last month called 24 Hour, which was produced by Attomatic/Hempton Records. I will be shooting a new video this summer for Phase We, based on the positive feedback so far,” he said.

Rickey Teetz first graced the Reggae Sumfest stage in 2016 and delivered an energetic performance.

He recently delivered a high-energy set at the annual MoBay Crab Fest and will be off to Canada in mid-June for a show dubbed ‘Canada Takeover’.

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Jamaica’s Iconic Music Festival, Reggae SumfesttReturns for 27th Year
By South Florida Caribbean News June 3, 2019
#ReggaeSumfest Brings Stellar Line-Up to #MontegoBay July 14-22, 2019
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – This summer marks the 27th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s iconic music festival, set for Montego Bay from July 14-22, 2019.
Jamaica’s Iconic Music Festival, Reggae Sumfest Returns for 27th Year
Organized by Downsound Entertainment and sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, the premier music festival comes on the heels of UNESCO’s designation of reggae as an intangible cultural heritage.
Reggae Sumfest brings together reggae legends with local and mainstream acts of other popular music genres that have originated on the island and broadly influenced the chart topping urban and pop hits of today.
The star-studded line-up on Festival Nights 1 & 2 will include global reggae sensation Buju Official, dancehall veterans Beenie Man and #BountyKiller, as well as Chronixx, Spice, Spragga Benz, #Elephantman, Protoje, Beres Hammond, and more.
Jamaica’s Iconic Music Festival, Reggae Sumfest Returns for 27th YearReggae Sumfest 7-night line-up of events
July 14 – Mornin’ Medz Brunch Party
July 15 – Street Dance Party
July 16 – All White Party
July 17 – Blitz All Black Party / Bunji Garlinrlin’s Birthday Celebration
July 18 – Global Sound Clash
July 19 – Festival Night 1
July 20 – Festival Night 2
“It’s been a historic year for both tourist arrivals and Reggae music, and we are thrilled to host this premier music festival again,” noted Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Reggae Sumfest continues to add unprecedented value to Jamaica, the birthplace of the music genre, as it offers one of the most authentic cultural experiences on the island for locals and visitors alike.”
As one of the most viewed festivals in the world, Reggae Sumfest will be live streamed across broadcast and other platforms, taking Jamaican music, artists, and culture to every continent and country around the world.
Hotel Accommodations for Reggae Sumfest
Montego Bay, Jamaica’s resort capital, boasts an array of accommodation options for Reggae Sumfest attendees:
Boutique: S Hotel, overlooking Jamaica’s famed Doctor’s Cave beach, is a new 120-room hotel artfully combining discrete urban sophistication and a laid-back resort lifestyle. In celebration of the recent grand opening, travelers can book at special introductory rates from $179 per day.
Luxury: Half Moon Resort, an iconic property which sits on 400 acres of tropical gardens and is bordered by two miles of beach, offers 10% off the best available rate for guests who book a minimum 4-night stay at least 14 days in advance. Rates start at $222.30 per night and include roundtrip airport transfers.
All-Inclusive: The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay offers a beachfront location, comfortable rooms and unlimited dining. Rates start at $216.60 per person.
Additional taxes, service charges, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply for hotel packages.
Click here to purchase tickets to Reggae Sumfest, and for more information about Jamaica or planning your trip, click here.

Reggae Sumfest Pre-Parties: Street Dance & All White — Don’t miss the exciting pre-event parties during week-long takeover of Montego Bay, Jamaica.



‘Street Dance’ & ‘All White’  

Don’t miss these two exciting pre-event parties of 

Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica.


Tickets are available on Reggae Sumfest’s 

Eventbrite Ticket Website:


Free ‘Yawdy Style’ STREET DANCE Party on 

Monday July 15 and ALL WHITE party, Tuesday, July 16


Monday Night July 15 on The Hip Strip in Montego Bay once again explodes into the great free Reggae Sumfest Street Dance being held at Old Hospital Park. If last year’s turn out is anything to gauge what to expect this year, then put on your “Yaddy Style” and get ready to heat up the 2nd City. Both locals and tourists come out to enjoy the sweet sounds of reggae and dancehall, and this year Foota Hype, Skyjuice, Team Shella and C Notepromise to keep everyone moving all night long. It’s FREE so be sure to come out and experience our music and our culture courtesy of SUMFEST!

 Get your tickets now and don’t miss out on the ALL WHITE party, Tuesday, July 16

This is the only way to celebrate the Summer with Sumfest– on July 16th Pier 1 comes alive with ALL WHITE. Grab your sexy summer whites and meet us on the water with the musical beats brought to you by DJ Smokeand DJ Smurf. You are guaranteed to dance the night away. Montego Bay will be pulsating with excitement throughout the night and right into the morning when gates open at 9pm and we don’t stop until 4am. Tickets go fast for this event… secure yours today!


About Reggae Sumfest:

Sumfest has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier music festival showcasing Jamaica’s indigenous music as well as many other popular global genres of music. Now in its 27th year, the world’s greatest reggae music festival continues to pay homage to the musical genre that originated in Jamaica and has become a global phenomenon. Sumfest continues to add unprecedented value to “Brand Jamaica” by promoting two of the country’s most valuable products – the music and the island itself as a tourist destination. 


Since its inception, Sumfest has made Montego Bay and the surrounding areas a prime summer destination for visitors and locals alike who flock to the city to enjoy some of the best talents in Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop and R&B. Over the years, Sumfest has partnered with a number of major local and international brands. Our goal is to continue these long-standing partnerships and develop ways to enhance their relationship with Sumfest to drive incremental value for their brands. Sumfest is owned by Joseph Bogdanovich and produced by his company DownSound Entertainment.


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End Date: July 20, 2019

Staged annually during the 3rd week of July, Reggae Sumfest is now an established staple on the Jamaican entertainment calendar, attracting patrons from all across the globe, as far away as Australia, Europe, the USA and the African continent. Come join us in Jamaica’s 2nd city Montego Bay from July 14 – 20 for the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth.

For ticket information and artists line-up, visit the Reggae Sumfest website.

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Reggae Sumfest Pre-party

Bunji’s Birthday Bash!!

July 17th from 7pm – Midnight

BLITZ “ALL BLACK” on July 17th at The Hard Rock Cafe in Montego Bay
is the 3rd in the series of lead-up events that plan to have
Mo’ Bay partying the week away.
Blitz is is a night of glamour, and this year
Bunji Garlin celebrates his Birthday along with his wife
Fay-Ann Lyons
on Wednesday, July 17th from 7pm-Midnight.
With Hennessy on deck, and Crazy NeilBishop Escobar and Rolexxon the wheels of steel, Blitz All Black is going to be a night to remember!
Ian Antonio Alavarez
Born in Arima, Trinidad, this multiple T&T Soca Monarch
& Ragga Soca King is a prolific lyricist.
Bunji is considered international Soca royalty.
He is affectionately known as “de girls dem darlin”
(although now married to Faye-Ann Lyons, a fellow performer)
who will also be on hand celebrating Bunji’s birthday.
This talented musician will be bringing the FIIIIYAH 
(you know how he says it) as he celebrates his BIRTHDAY
at Blitz this year!
Born in Point Fortin, Trinidad, Fay-Ann is the second generation of a Caribbean music dynasty. Daughter of “Lady Gypsy” and “Superblue,” this Caribbean Queen wears her crown well
Fay-Ann Lyons is a three-time Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March champion (2003, 2008, 2009) and the 2009 International Soca Monarch and International Groovy Soca Monarch champion. She created history (again) when she won the International Soca Monarch for the first time in 2009, as the first female to win the Power category, and the first individual (male or female) to win the Power, Groovy and People’s Choice awards on Fantastic Friday (aka Carnival Friday) during the finals of the competition which is held annually in Trinidad.
She also went on to win the Carnival Road March that year, becoming the first Soca artist to win that Soca ‘triplet’ of titles. She is the first (and only) woman to accomplish that feat while pregnant. Fay-Ann is the youngest solo artist (male or female), still actively recording, with multiple wins of the Carnival Road March crown.
So put on your ALL BLACK and join us at Hard Rock 
on the beach in Montego Bay.
Reggae Sumfest WEbsite
 About Reggae Sumfest:

Sumfest has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier music festival showcasing Jamaica’s indigenous music as well as many other popular global genres of music. Now in its 27th year, the world’s greatest reggae music festival continues to pay homage to the musical genre that originated in Jamaica and has become a global phenomenon. Sumfest continues to add unprecedented value to “Brand Jamaica” by promoting two of the country’s most valuable products – the music and the island itself as a tourist destination.

Since its inception, Sumfest has made Montego Bay and the surrounding areas a prime summer destination for visitors and locals alike who flock to the city to enjoy some of the best talents in Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop and R&B. Over the years, Sumfest has partnered with a number of major local and international brands. Our goal is to continue these long-standing partnerships and develop ways to enhance their relationship with Sumfest to drive incremental value for their brands. Sumfest is owned by Joseph Bogdanovich and produced by his company DownSound Entertainment.


The 6ix to close dancehall night at Sumfest

May 28, 2019
Members of the 6ix, Chronic Law (left) and Squash.
Members of the 6ix, Chronic Law (left) and Squash.

Less than a year since emerging as artistes to contend with, frontmen of the ‘6ix’ and other rural acts are slated to close Festival Night One at Reggae Sumfest on, July 19.

It will not only be a historic moment, as it will see young, meteoric, rural deejays culminating the most-anticipated night at the festival, but will also mark the performance debut of each act on the Sumfest stage.

St Ann-born Jahvillani and Montegonians Shane E and Unknown Gringo will be tasked with maintaining the morning crowd alongside 6ix members Squash (from Montego Bay) and St Thomas-native Chronic Law.

Show promoter Joe Bogdanovich is confident in their abilities to deliver.

“It’s gonna be what the girls like, and that is the 6ix,” he told THE STAR. “I think they’re gonna do well because they’ve got a lot of fans, they’ve got a lot of lyrics. They’re very confident in themselves and their abilities with the ladies, so it’s exciting, it’s young and it’s fresh.”

This mimics the ending of the first of two performance nights last year, where fast-rising Montegonian acts Teejay and Rygin King performed in tandem with Tommy Lee Sparta. Bogdanovich said the Second City is currently at the fore of “reincarnating the dancehall scene, which is very much needed,” influencing the decision to close with these particular acts.


“They all support one another, and it’s an example of unity which I love,” he said. “We want to keep the music alive and be the best that we can and represent Jamaica like no one else can, that’s what it is all about for me.”

Squash’s manager, Junior ‘Heavy D’ Fraser, commended the artistes for taking the reins to close the night, stating that many artistes often shy away from the task.

“It’s not an easy task, but dem guys deh mek everything look easy, so far, everywhere we go; dem nuh fear nutten, dem ready bad,” he said.

“This is rare for an artiste to perform at Sumfest for the first time and close it. It speaks to di power dem have inna music now, and me think the 6ix a go live up to it inna great style.

“Dem have social media on lock, and me see people stand up inna rain a wait for them to perform. You know Jamaican crowd nuh give nuh chance, so when yuh see dem a operate so wid artiste, yuh know seh a bare star,” Heavy D said.

For Unknown Gringo, gracing the Sumfest stage has been a childhood dream. Since embarking on a music career in 2016 (under the moniker NoFace Unknown), he said he has worked hard to earn this opportunity and looks forward to engaging fans.

“Sumfest was one of the stages I wanted to be on growing up, but nothing happens before its time, so I appreciate it and will step forward and do my best,” he started.

“I feel good to be part of the rural artistes closing the first night, the hard work I’ve been putting in is paying off now, so I’m just going to continue.”

Blessings A Flow deejay Shane E also sees this as another milestone in his career.

“This is a major move and fans can expect nothing but greatness, like what we always do. It’s gonna be an epic performance, a bang, I’m sure of that.”

Unfolding at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, the night will also see performances from artistes like Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Govana, Shauna Chyn and Spice.

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This is no White-wash!

Tourism director tells elite travel agents Jamaica is a hot destination

Monday, May 06, 2019

Donovan White, the director of tourism, last Tuesday grabbed the undivided attention of some of the world’s most elite travel agents, bombarding them with hard facts and figures showing Jamaica as one of the hottest tourism destinations.

White, whose tenure so far has been crowned with success after success, was spending time with elite members of Gordon “Butch” Stewart’s Chairman’s Royal Club who were being celebrated by Sandals on National Travel Advisor Day at the Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

“Travellers from around the globe have come to recognise that Jamaica offers an unsurpassed vacation experience from the food, beaches, hotels and of course Reggae, an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. It is a very exciting and critical time for us as a destination,” White said. “We are experiencing record-breaking numbers, receiving global recognition and undergoing major developments.

“As a destination, we know we are only as successful as our partners. So, today, I want to share where we are and where we are heading to help you provide your clients with an unmatched holiday experience here in Jamaica.

We kicked off 2019 with record-breaking numbers:

• Jamaica was the first Caribbean destination to welcome over one million visitors (approximately 1.3 million) through December 2018 to the end of March 2019), generating just under US$950 million in revenue for Jamaica’s tourism sector.

• Jamaica also received a number of notable industry awards, most recently as the Best Destination in the Caribbean and among the 14 Best Destinations in the World by 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards; Jamaica captured four gold awards at the Travvy Awards — Best Tourism Board, Best Culinary Destination, Best Wedding Destination and Best Honeymoon Destination

• Most recently during last month’s ITB Berlin, the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) selected Jamaica as Destination of the Year.

• Sangster International Airport (SIA) in Montego Bay, is transforming Jamaica with the expansion of the departure terminal and commercial area under a new strategic plan.

• The airport is expanding infrastructure improvements that leverage the latest technology and overall experience for passengers.

• The design theme is being developed to reflect the country’s natural beauty.

• MBJ is adding 25,800 square feet to the departure terminal to improve service for passengers.

• The commercial area will be developed with a renewed focus on Jamaican specialty products and original handicrafts

• Jamaica is set to welcome increased travellers this summer, securing over 1.4 million air seats this season, an increase of nearly 110, 000 or 8.4 per cent over last summer.

• Jamaica’s primary source market, the United States, has seen the biggest growth, having secured over 100,000 additional seats for the summer period between May and August 2019. This is strong evidence of the confidence US airline partners have placed in Jamaica:

• The north-east region has seen the most significant increase, accounting for more than half of the seats secured.

• From New York-JFK, JetBlue Airways has added more capacity and increased frequency to Kingston and Montego Bay and Delta has added daily service to Kingston.

• United Airlines has increased frequency to Montego Bay from Baltimore, and Southwest has increased frequency to Montego Bay.

• Sun Country Airlines will begin new service from Dallas to Montego Bay starting May 24. This service will operate through to August 19, 2019.

• Europe has grown its overall seat capacity from this region by over 9,000 seats or 5.5 per cent compared to last year. This is due primarily to the addition of new service from Manchester, larger equipment from British Airways out of Gatwick and TUI out of Manchester. TUI has also doubled their seat capacity from Belgium and Holland with longer rotations.

• In the Caribbean, new direct service from Barbados twice weekly on Caribbean Airlines largely accounts for the six per cent increase this summer.

As we know, events help to sell destinations. They attract visitors and provide unique selling proposition and positioning while supporting communities.

In 2019, Jamaica offers several exciting cultural events that will draw visitors from around the globe to experience the true heart of Jamaica.

Coming up this year, we have:

• Reggae Sumfest (July 14-21), which is Jamaica’s premier summer festival highlighting the destination’s best music talents.

“At the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), we KNOW the value of events in marketing the destination, as they continue to be one of the main elements in our marketing strategy. In fact, so many of our visitors travel to Jamaica specifically to attend some of these events.In knowing all of this, the tourism ministry has launched the TOP EVENTS website, a designated platform that is optimised for engagement, showing visitors and locals the many reasons to enjoy the offerings of the destination.”

“It is a medium for partners to interact with visitors in a stimulating and exciting way. TOP EVENTS will employ the use of technology to reach target markets and the app will enhance customer experience.

“At the JTB, we are leveraging the current digital transformation to market the destination. As a destination, we strive to ensure that our guests have a seamless experience throughout their journey — from the dream phase to the travel phase. With this new platform, we can enhance visitors’ experiences and continue this journey while guests are on-island.

“We are always energised and fired up to share abroad the gem that is Jamaica, because we live it, because we love it and because we believe in it. And we hope you all do too. I wish to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to you for helping Jamaica achieve another record-breaking year so far.

“We wish to thank you individually and collectively for your unwavering commitment in selling our destination and ensuring Jamaica remains top of mind for potential travellers looking for a place to vacation. We would like to encourage you to keep up the great work in helping us fill those seats I mentioned earlier, as we build on our past success.

“We are excited to welcome your clients at our beloved destination and we look forward to our continued success together. Again, thanks to you, our committed travel specialists, for your tireless efforts which have ensured that we continue to achieve our collective 2019 goals.”

The tourism director also had high praise for Sandals, noting: “We see Sandals Resorts International as a significant contributor to Jamaica’s hospitality industry and by extension the Jamaican economy. The company’s cutting-edge vision is always an inspiring model for keeping up in an ever-changing industry.

Part of the cutting-edge vision is the value placed on the travel agent relationship. This event today is only one example of how building on that relationship can help us as a destination to sustain unprecedented growth.”

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Nikki Z Says NO To Plastic At Reggae Sumfest

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | Kimberley Small – Staff Reporter
Nikki Z
Nikki Z

With many major entertainment events, there comes the issue of waste. Earlier this year, carnival bands campaigned about reducing plastic consumption by walking with your own party cups and providing biodegradable lunchboxes for the thousands of revellers who hit the road.

Before the masses travel to the north coast for Reggae Sumfest, popular broadcaster Nikki Z is in the midst of launching another such campaign as an ambassador for the world-renowned Alligator Head Foundation.

“When I heard that the team at Reggae Sumfest wanted to find a better way to discard the plastics accumulated at these big events, I got together with the team at Alligator Head Foundation, and we met,” she told The Sunday Gleaner.

Nikki Z, along with internationally renowned reggae band Third World, supermodel, singer, and icon Grace Jones, and young performer Wayne J, is an ambassador for the foundation, which is committed to ocean life restoration.

Nikki Z is along for this ride because her experience in the public eye has proven that advocacy through public figures is effective. “It definitely works. When I talk about certain topics on my page and radio show, people are always contacting me because this is information they didn’t know.”

She continued: “When we listen to what they’re saying – predicting the rise in the water over the few years, the plastic in the water, what it’s doing and how many animals and oceans are affected – a lot of people never really look into that so when you put in their face little by little, people do get affected – and they want to make changes. The key to it is being consistent and letting them know how to care about the environment.”


Francesca Thyssen Bornemisza is board chairwoman of the Alligator Head Foundation. For Vanity Fair Spain’s environmental issue (June 2019), she is Vanity Fair’s cover star and was specially highlighted for her ongoing work for the restoration, conservation, and preservation of natural resources and habitats. “The oceans are the passion of my life. Really,” she told the magazine.

Bornemisza’s father (Baron Hans-Heirinch Thyssen Bornemisza) owned a residence in Jamaica, where her own children were taught to swim. But trips beneath the surface became difficult, and less beautiful, with disappearing reefs and fish. “Fishing had razed the reefs. It was my turning point,” she said. In response, she developed a project between the Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and The University of the West Indies, the Alligator Head Foundation.

“If you witness the annihilation of several species, of such radical changes in the ecosystem, you cannot ignore it,” she said.

The foundation is a sequestered six-kilometre conservation area, the Fish Sanctuary of East Portland, and it is on a mission to revitalise natural systems and restore marine life. In July 2016, The East Portland Special Fishery Conservation Area was officially gazetted under the Jamaican Fishing Industry Act. Since then, biomass has increased by 200 per cent. Bornemisza said: “It’s amazing how the oceans recover if they are given the opportunity.”


As an ambassador of Alligator Head Foundation, Nikki Z hopes to impart environmental awareness to those who may attend the highly anticipated reggae music festival weekend. “I’m gonna be going on the road with Downsound producer Skatta Burrell – just talking to people about the plastic ban and why it’s so important that we really use less – and also to recycle – find ways to reuse. Keeping it green … and blue!”

She revealed that the Alligator Head Foundation would have a booth space at Reggae Sumfest.

“We’re gonna have some pretty cool things on display. I don’t want to say too much about that now, but it’s all about teaming up with great people who want to do great things for the environment. We’ll be working with them – hopefully, for a long time to come. We’ll be fine-tuning better strategies so we can reduce the imprint that we leave,” Nikki Z said.

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