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“Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer And More To Headline 2019 Reggae Sumfest It will be the biggest dancehall and reggae concert ever in the history of the Caribbean island” – BET.Com


Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer And More To Headline 2019 Reggae Sumfest

It will be the biggest dancehall and reggae concert ever in the history of the Caribbean island

Mek it bunx up! The 2019 Reggae Sumfest has just announced its lineup for this year’s festival. Approaching their 25th anniversary, DownSound Entertainment is doing it big this year with a stellar lineup of some of Jamaica’s biggest names. It will be the biggest dancehall and reggae concert ever in the history of the Caribbean Island according to YardHype.

Running from July 14th through the 20th, reggae fans are in for a week of partying, Jamaican food, and cultural immersions alongside stellar performances.

Elephant Man, Protoje, Chronixx, Spice, Spragga Benz, and Buju Banton have been tapped to perform. Dubbed “the greatest reggae show on earth,” Reggae Sumfest is taking concertgoers back to Jamaica’s musical roots, from rock to reggae.

Dancehall legends Beenie Man and Bounty Killer are ringing in day one of the festival with a special segment of their own, called “Back To Basics and “Dub fi Dub.” As two of reggae’s most impactful stage stars, the opening duo is already preparing to score the biggest night of the festival.

“Beenie and Bounty are icons of Reggae Sumfest,” said Cordell “Skatta” Burrell of Downsound Entertainment. “They will show everyone the skill and talent that’s kept them at the top of the dancehall scene for over two decades.”

For those who can’t make it out to Montego Bay, the event organizers will be live-streaming some of the performances. You can check out the rest of the lineup and buy tickets here.

You might want to rethink your vacation plans.

Written by Danielle Ransom

(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)


“Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest Announces 2019 Lineup” – Rolling Stone


Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest Announces 2019 Lineup

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 17: Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption Band perform at Nathan Phillips Square on August 17, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)

Montego Bay bash mixes legends with local acts, plus two former rivals putting old differences aside

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Reggae Sumfest has been Jamaica’s premiere festival for more than 25 years; the Montego Bay event mixes the genre’s legends with local acts, plus great local food, all night beach dance parties and more. The festival’s 2019 event will run from July 14th through the 20th. The lineup includes Chronixx, Spice, Spragga Benz, Buju Banton, Elephant Man and more. Dancehall DJ Spragga Benz helped announce the lineup at a New York party, debuting new music at the same time.

The most newsworthy part of the fest is the appearance of dancehall veterans Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, who have a rivalry that dates back decades. The two DJs will be performing onstage together on July 19th, having set aside their differences. (Urban Idlanz goes deeper into how that happened.) “Beenie and Bounty are icons of Reggae Sumfest,” said Cordell “Skatta” Burrell, of fest organizers Downsound Entertainment. “Known for their high energy, witty lyrics and outstanding stage presence, they will perform tune for tune, singing songs from different genres through the ages. They will show everyone the skill and talent that’s kept them at the top of the dancehall scene for over two decades.” Read More

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“Beenie, Bounty for epic ‘tune-fi-tune’ at Sumfest” – Jamaica Gleaner


Beenie, Bounty for epic ‘tune-fi-tune’ at Sumfest

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | Yasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer
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Beenie Man and Bounty Killer have both been signed for this year’s instalment of Reggae Sumfest and will perform onstage together in what is gearing up to be an epic ‘tune-fi-tune’ ‘90s recall segment. Sumfest made the big announcement rather quietly via their website on Thursday, shortly after which, Bounty Killer uploaded the flier to his personal social-media pages, and the secret was officially out. The fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive as this represents the first time that these two long-time rivals have ever been billed to showcase all the songs which made them popular, including their ‘clash’ tunes, on a stage designed to elicit peaceful vibes.

“They are both very excited about this,” Reggae Sumfest head honcho Josef ‘Joe’ Bogdanovich told The Gleaner. “I think the time is right for this show of unity in the dancehall, and it will be great. People are going to love it.” 

According to Bogdanovich, the decision to have these two artistes – whose rivalry within the dancehall is as legendary as their artistry – perform together in a show of unity of this magnitude was born out of a simple “idea that popped into (his) head”.

“This will be a big lesson to teach to all the new acts in the business about what it takes to be a legend,” an enthusiastic Bogdanovich, who was just returning from the successful New York launch of the festival, said. “Many of these younger acts have the tool of social media to help to make them become extremely popular in a very short time. But it takes time to learn the ropes and to get that added edge of staying power, or else it will be nothing more than hype, which will just burn out like a shooting star,” the Downsound Entertainment CEO said, adding, “They (Beenie and Bounty) are both legends, and they didn’t become legends overnight.”

Heartfelt Tribute

Fans of both artistes had suspected that something was in the making when, prior to the announcement, the two had been posting ‘throwback’ pictures of both of them together on social media. Bounty Killer upped the ante by paying a lengthy, heartfelt, tribute to Beenie Man.

“Many people might be speculating about why Killer posting so much pic with @kingbeenieman well a little enlightenment… 2003 Its A Party at Polo Club I told Ennis and the securities not to let Beenie in my party. Beenie cuss off the security dem and returned with a Polo Club Membership Card get into the party and ended up on stage.. deejaying the morning too. What a heart! When my father died 09 he was at the nine night and funeral too. In this pic here, it was 2012 March 4th my mom nine night, the worst days of my entire life, he was there and at the funeral also ….as a rival he supported me way more than half of the ppl I gave the platform (sic),” Bounty Killer said in the Instagram post.

He concluded, “He may be not be my closest bredrin since I don’t know his phone number or where he lives but he is truly a friend indeed when truly in need Salute Greatness Kabooom full transition (sic).”

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“5 Caribbean Music Festivals That Should Be On Your Radar” – Ebony Magazine


5 Caribbean Music Festivals That Should Be On Your Radar

Don’t let those ‘Fyre Fest’ docs scare ya! Check out 5 amazing Caribbean summer music festivals here!

For music lovers, warm weather is more than just a well-needed break from months of chilly temps. Summer means longer days, hotter nights and music festivals featuring many of our favorite artists hitting the stage.

While popular festivals such as Coachella and Made In America always come to mind, fans who desire a more unique experience should look no further than the Caribbean for slept-on options. There’s no shortage of star power, with acts ranging from Buju Banton to John Legend. Several neighboring and host hotels also offer deals to make the trip possible even for those of tight budgets (as frequent travelers know, a flight to certain Caribbean islands from the states can often be less expensive than flying cross-country).

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Check out five amazing music festivals taking place in the Caribbean this summer below.

Reggae and dancehall lovers need not look any further than gorgeous Montego Bay, Jamaica, as the Reggae SumFest touches down on the island July 14-20. Acts this year vary from Jamaican icons such as Spragga Benz and Elephant Man to current star and Love & Hip Hop : Atlanta castmate Spice. Past performers have included Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killa, Mavado, Gyptian, Lady Saw, Beenie Man, Missy Elliott and more. For more, check out

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“Putting Out the Fyre: 10 Caribbean Music Fests That Get It Right: – Billboard


Putting Out the Fyre: 10 Caribbean Music Fests That Get It Right

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A general view of atmosphere at Reggae Sumfest on July 28, 2013 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

A spectacular 2,500-mile island chain, the Caribbean archipelago extends from below the southern tip of Florida to just above the coast of South America. The region’s tropical climate and tranquil beaches, complemented by a vibrant mélange of cultures and indigenous musical styles, have provided spectacular ambience for a wide range of music festivals. Among the earliest was Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash, founded in 1978 (Bob Marley performed there in 1979) as a means of enticing visitors to the island during the slow summer tourism season. Forty-one years later, music festivals are held year-round throughout the Caribbean. Utilizing primarily outdoor locations, from intimate rustic spaces to stadium size venues, country, rock, jazz, blues and hip-hop are heard alongside the region’s own calypso, reggae, dancehall, salsa, soca and reggaetón. If the nightmarish tales of FEMA tents and soggy cheese sandwiches associated with the infamous Bahamian bomb have induced festival fear, it’s time to forget the Fyre and consider 10 of the Caribbean’s best music festivals, listed here in alphabetical order. (Click Read More at end of article for full article)

Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 14-20, 2019

When Reggae Sunsplash vacated its Montego Bay home in 1993, a new reggae festival was created, Reggae Sumfest, and its success quickly surpassed that of its (now defunct) predecessor. In 2016, Sumfest’s future appeared uncertain, at which point American born, Kingston based businessman Josef Bogdanovich, CEO/founder of Downsound Entertainment, purchased the event. Bogdanovich has expanded Sumfest to include social media influencer awards, a music business symposium, an international sound system clash, and two nights of performances by Jamaica’s biggest acts. The 2019 lineup features Rasta roots artists Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, Jah9 and Protoje alongside marquee dancehall names Spice, Elephant Man, Dexta Daps and Spragga Benz and Buju Banton, who fits neatly in both categories. Sumfest has a new presenting sponsor Caribbean Airlines and launches are planned in New York, Miami and London. Says Bogdanovich: “Sumfest delivers a quality production and I intend to establish this Jamaican music festival on an international level that competes with Coachella and Glastonbury.”

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“Foota Hype Booked For Reggae Sumfest Despite Downsound Fallout” –


Foota Hype Booked For Reggae Sumfest Despite Downsound Fallout

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Foota Hype and Downsound Records put their differences aside for at least one night.

The veteran sound system selector is booked for the 2019 Reggae Sumfest despite his prior falling out with Downsound. Foota Hype says Joe Bogdanovich saw his performance at Rebel Salute and was so impressed by it that he instructed his team to reach out to the disc jockey who previously departed Downsound over issues with his baby mama Ishawna.

“I think my Rebel Salute performance prompted Joe (Bogdanovich) to want to book Foota Hype for Sumfest. He was there. I saw him before I went on stage,” Foota Hype said. “We never spoke to each other because as you know, we’re not on talking terms. But I think the music did a greater job than personal egos and personal feelings and vengeance against each other. The music override all a that.”

Foota Hype added that the promoter wanted him for the Reggae Sumfest street dance and the main stage, but he was already booked for an event on July 19th, so he will only be able to do one night. The selector will be performing at the Sumfest street dance at the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay on July 15th.

Reggae Sumfest organizer, Joe Bogdanovich, who is also the head of Downsound Records, says it was vital for him to put personal feelings aside for the good of the music. He noted that Scatta Burrell, whom Foota Hype previously had issues with over Ishawna, encouraged the booking.

“Foota is hype, you know,” Joe said. “He’s an unusually exceptional person who is very talented, and the reason why he’s on this show is because his work speaks for itself. Music is above personal feelings for me.”

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