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


Foota Hype Booked For Reggae Sumfest Despite Downsound Fallout

Foota Hype







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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“Dalton Harris will be safe at Sumfest – Bogdanovich assures artiste that there is much love for him in Jamaica” – Jamaica Star


Dalton Harris will be safe at Sumfest – Bogdanovich assures artiste that there is much love for him in Jamaica

April 04, 2019
Dalton Harris
Dalton Harris

Following an Instagram post by Jamaican X Factor winner Dalton Harris yesterday, CEO of Downsound Entertainment and chief organiser of Reggae Sumfest, Joe Bogdanovich has assured him that no harm will come his way when he makes his Sumfest debut this July.

A story published by THE STAR last month announcing Harris’ addition to the line-up, was met with strong opposition from some social media users who believe he is not yet ready for the ‘greatest reggae show on Earth’. Some even hinted that he might be bottled during his performance.

Having caught wind of some of those comments, Harris, who is scheduled to perform on the festival’s night two, yesterday expressed concerns about gracing the Sumfest stage.

“Today is one of those days. One of those days where I recalibrate my mind and reflect … I always get a little depressed when going back to Jamaica just a little. Working on that. I love my country and my new home also. There is so much love in the world for me and my music. I always feel and acknowledge that but the hate is there too,” a part of the post read.

Harris called himself a “self-made entrepreneur and entity that is not doing bad at all” and hinted that he was not fazed, even when “I get the hate and the remarks of people planning on stoning me at Reggae Sumfest or calling me some name that couldn’t be more inaccurate to who I am”.

“The love from my fans worldwide is incredible. This is bigger than the social media bullying and me,” the post read.


Speaking with THE STAR about Harris’ post, Bogdanovich said that he would be contacting Harris himself, to assure him that he will not be hurt in any way when he graces the Sumfest stage.

“I care about every artiste on Sumfest and I make a personal representation just to make sure everything in their sphere is very positive, safe and good. I do that personally because the artistes are our trophies and we have to protect them and give them all our love and support,” he said.

Bogdanovich explained that for more than two decades, Sumfest has prided itself on providing a safe environment for both performers and patrons.

“Reggae Sumfest is a very secure festival. The vibes are so strong and so positive that nobody thinks in a negative space, that just doesn’t happen. This year, the type of production the fans are going to see is going to be overwhelmingly positive. It’s going to be awestruck, so none of that kind of thing (stoning or bottling) is going to infiltrate the show,” he said. “I just want Dalton to know that there’s a lot of love here for him in Jamaica.”

Bogdanovich said that the team has received many positive calls and emails from people expressing their delight at seeing Harris perform, many of them for the first time live, especially after his X Factor success.

“I know there are some hateful people around on the journey to stardom but you just have to believe in yourself and keep focused. I know that he’s a great artiste and he’s going to give a great show,” he said.

“Reggae Sumfest Cruises Into Trinidad For Launch Party” – Jamaica Gleaner


Reggae Sumfest Cruises Into Trinidad For Launch Party

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 
From left: Alicia Cabrera, Bunji Garlin,
Fayann Lyons and Joe Bogdanovich at the Trinidad launch of Reggae Sumfest.
Reggae Sumfest officially kicked off their launch tour on the twin-island republic of Trinidad & Tobago last Thursday, on-board the popular Ocean Pelican Cruise.

The first Sumfest launch to be held in a Caribbean country outside of Jamaica, the filled-to-capacity cruise event set sail from Anchorage, Chaguaramas, at 8:30 p.m., after a short programme, which included presentations by Alicia Cabrera, senior marketing manager of Caribbean Airlines; Camile Glenister, deputy director tourism marketing for Jamaica; and of course Joe Bogdanovich, chairman of Downsound Entertainment and owner of Reggae Sumfest.

The Sumfest boss said he was committed to advancing the unity of the region through music. “Caribbean people love reggae and soca and there is a strong unifying power in that.”

The launch party continued until 11 p.m. with guests partying to the musical stylings of Trinidad-based DJ Trevlyn, who showed excellent skills in his selection of reggae music mixed with a touch of soca. The energy and vibe of the event was on continuous high for the duration of the cruise.

This event is the first of four launch events for Sumfest 2019. In April, festival organisers will host the customary New York launch in Brooklyn. The Sumfest MoBay launch is scheduled for May, while the final event will be held in June in Kingston.

In addition to the launch activity, Caribbean Airlines marked its partnership with Reggae Sumfest by adding the Reggae Sumfest logo on either side of the nose of a 737 aircraft. The official unveiling was done the day before the launch at the airline’s hangar. All agreed that this initiative to launch in Trinidad will not only mark a solid partnership with the airline but will also open the doors to increase the visitor arrivals from the region to Jamaica while encouraging the unifying force that is already in motion between the musical cultures of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.

Festival organisers stated in a release that anticipation for Sumfest 2019 is “sky high”, with the first set of early bird ticket flash sales, held in February, being completely sold out in less than 48 hours. They upped the excitement ante earlier this month when it was announced that the event would be headlined by reggae artistes Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and Chronixx.

Sumfest 2019 rolls out an impressive schedule of events leading up to the greatly anticipated concert nights on July 19 and 20. The week of events is expected to kick off on July 14 with the Sumfest Mawnin Medz beach party and followed by the Street Dance, All White Party, all black Blitz Party, Global Sound Clash, as well as the Reggae Sumfest Symposium.

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“Sumfest Takes Flight” – Jamaica Gleaner


Sumfest Takes Flight

Published:Saturday | March 30, 2019 |

Caribbean Airlines on Wednesday showcased its partnership as the presenting sponsor of Reggae Sumfest by unveiling the festival’s logo on one of its 737 aircraft. The aircraft will fly across the airline’s network of 20 destinations.

“As one of the world’s best reggae events, Reggae Sumfest is a perfect match for our new brand story, ‘The Caribbean Identity’, which is an affirmation of our shared heritage and culture. Music is a big part of the Caribbean, and our partnership with Sumfest is a perfect way for us to demonstrate how deeply we understand the passion points of the Caribbean,” said Garvin Medera, CEO of Caribbean Airlines.

“As Reggae Sumfest continues to chart a new course for Jamaican music, culture and festivals, we couldn’t be happier to have a partner like Caribbean Airlines, who will help take this brand to a new level,” said Josef Bogdanovich, CEO, Downsound Entertainment, the festival’s producer.

Over seven days, July 14 to 20, more than 40 of reggae and dancehall’s most celebrated performers will take the Reggae Sumfest stage at Catherine Hall and other venues in Montego Bay, St James. Caribbean Airlines is offering a discount of 10 per cent off flights to Montego Bay and Kingston from select destinations for customers who book by April 15, for travel between the 12th and 22nd of July.

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“Reggae Sumfest launches in T&T, soca to get main stage spot in 2020” – Loop News T&T


Reggae Sumfest launches in T&T, soca to get main stage spot in 2020

Josef Bogdanovich, owner of Reggae SumfestJosef Bogdanovich, owner of Reggae Sumfest

Soca might be on the main stage of next year’s Reggae Sumfest.

Speaking to Loop on ahead of the Trinidad and Tobago launch of this year’s event which took place aboard the Ocean Pelican on Thursday night, Josef Bogdanovich, owner of the Reggae Sumfest and founder of DownSound Entertainment (DSE), said they have been talking about the inclusion of soca for many years.

“The time is coming and I won’t be surprised if next year we have a soca act. I think it fits because we try to keep everything fresh,” he said.

Though not on the main stage this year, Soca would be represented during the seven-day festival to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with the inclusion of Skinny Fabulous, one-third of the winning Roach March team from Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival.

Soca’s inclusion into the 22-year-old event as well as the launch of the event in T&T is Bogdanovich’s strategy to use Caribbean culture to unify the region.  Unity, he said, is the key to economic prosperity.

“It’s important for the Caribbean to be an economic bloc. It’s a culture, it’s a Caribbean culture and there are different kinds of culture in all the countries but they all love reggae and soca is growing which is a great thing for the Caribbean and it’s authentic and it’s good music but yet there is this animosity between people and I see it in all the countries. We have to stop this, we need to work together, we can’t work alone to become more prosperous,” he said.

CAL CEO Garvin Medera and Reggae Sumfest owner Josef Bogdanovich pose in front of the festival’s logo which will be on CAL’s 737 planes.

T&T, he said, is also a gateway to South America which allows his DSE and Reggae Sumfest to attract that market.

“It provides additional opportunity for everyone – citizens, parish and country,” he said.

T&T is also the home of Caribbean Airlines (CAL), which has signed a multi-year agreement to be the presenting sponsor for Reggae Sumfest. As part of that partnership, Caribbean unveiled the festival’s logo on one of its 737 aircraft. The aircraft will fly across the airline’s network of 20 destinations.

“We are here because of Caribbean Airlines, out new presenting sponsor, it’s a special relationship we have with them. I feel we are really in this together,” he said.

Having big sponsors on board contributes to the sustainability of the event, something Bogdanovich is concerned about as he focuses on building an event that could stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of festivals such as Coachella.

“Our vision has not changed. Produce a cutting edge festival that is competitive with the best festivals worldwide delivering great performances, production, lifestyle, and service that is sustainable. To produce the kind of festival that I actively engage in, I have to appeal to not only local sponsorship but international ones as well. It costs a lot of money to do what we do at DSE,” he said.

Buju Banton will be one of the headliners at Reggae Sumfest

He revealed that Master Card has signed on as a sponsor for a second year.

“Our vision takes a creative spirit, know-how, discipline and financing that is required to sustain this vision.  It also takes the commitment of our company and citizens in general to support one another and to understand the importance of reggae music of Jamaica. Let’s keep reggae and dancehall music alive at home.”

Bogdanovich assumed control of Reggae Sumfest in 2016 after its founders, Summerfest Entertainment, sold the brand to him.

Asked what drew him to the brand, reggae music, and Jamaica, the Los Angeles native said he had a label called Acid Jazz which did black dance music with branches in London and Los Angeles. He said the first reggae track he produced was from a white kid called Dread Flimstone and it made it to the Billboard pop charts.

“So I started Down Sound Records out of LA and I came to Jamaica and I fell in love with the place. I set up an office there and I flew from LA to Kingston but eventually I moved there and I never came back,” he said.

Under Down Sound, Bogdanovich managed artists such as Ninjaman who is now serving a life sentence for murder, Ishawna and Jah Cure, among others. Today he only manages one artist, rising dancehall singer Shawna Chin who will be among the star-studded Reggae Sumfest cast.

Bogdanovich said this year there is an emphasis on newer, relatively unknown artists and women.

He has had to defend the choice of some of the cast in the Jamaican media such as X factor winner Dalton Harris who will be making his Sumfest debut.

The highlights of the weekend, of course, will be performances from what is being billed as BBC, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, and Chronixx.

He said while the focus is on keeping the money in the diaspora and Jamaica by focusing on reggae and dancehall from the island, he is open to foreign acts. In the past, Sumfest has seen performances from Rihanna, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, Usher, and Kanye West among others.

“I am still open to foreign acts because music has no boundaries. If you want to play at Reggae Sumfest and you have the fan base, you have to want to come,” he said, revealing that Cardi B expressed an interest in performing but there was a conflict with her schedule.

Bogdanovich is also focused on developing the next generation of support for Reggae Sumfest by making the festival attractive to a younger demographic. This will be done this year through a symposium about the music industry for college students, fans who want to learn about reggae culture and those looking to break into the industry.  The event will take place in Kingston on July 6, expanding the Reggae Sumfest across Jamaica.

There will also be the Go Social awards for influencers and bloggers who produce content on food, restaurants, and bars and so on. The awards are open to anyone.

Bogdanovich said Reggae Sumfest is growing every year and about 20,000 people are expected to be in Montego Bay each night for what is considered the premier reggae event. But he is particularly proud of what he said is exponential growth in the viewing audience for the free live stream.

“We had over a million people looking at it over the weekend last year and the feed didn’t break down,” he said.

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Buju Banton Collaboration with Rihanna on her new reggae album? – Hype Life Magazine

Rihanna’s upcoming Reggae album could feature Jamaican superstar Buju Banton as anticipated by fans!
Will ’s upcoming Reggae album feature ? Almost certainly, yes!

Last year, the “Work” hitmaker registered a new single titled “Phatty,” in which the Jamaican superstar, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie was credited as a writer.

The pop star also filmed herself on Snapchat listening to the Buju Banton’s smash hit “Wanna Be Loved.”

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vibing to ‘s smash “Wanna Be Loved” [filmed last year] 🎶🔥

The pop singer was then photographed in New York heading to a recording studio wearing a t-shirt with Reggae star’s face on.

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Online users have since expressed great enthusiasm for the collaborative track by the pair.

Sources close to Rihanna told Hype Life Magazine that the “Diamonds” singer has always been a huge fan of Buju Banton and will most likely be sampling the singer’s 1995 hit for her new Reggae album, which is slated to be released later this year.

Another source indicated that she was interested in getting fresh vocals from his team.

Buju Banton, who was sentenced to 10 years for drug related charges, is set to be released on December 8.

Whilst no official collaborations have been announced, fans believe there is a strong possibility that artists Rihanna collaborated with on other projects in 2017 may well appear on her ninth album.

Last year Rihanna worked with  and Bryson Tiller on “Wild Thoughts” as well as with Calvin Harris on “This Is What You Came For,” Future with their project Selfish, Pharell on Lemon and Kendrick Lamar on LOYALTY.

Anti, the 30-year-old singer’s eighth studio album, was released in 2016 and was placed at number 32 in the UK end of year charts and five in the 2016 US Billboard 200.

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