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A Letter To Reggae Sumfest – Job Well Done
by J.D. Smith  July 27, 2019

Dear Sumfest,

It was a pleasure to have seen you again after a year of your absence. How we longed to see you, and when you finally arrived what joy you brought to us. Dancehall Night brought us the Spice, The Koffee and even a little Chronixx to get us by. Beenie Manand Bounty Killer had us rocking through the night with their legendary friendly fight. Govana did the most, Aidonia brought it over the top, Jahvillani was flagrant, Agent Sasco once again proved he was top notch!

Dexta Daps, as usual, had the ladies magic, Elephant Man and Munga Honorableproved they still have it. I didn’t even blink in an effort not to miss, despite that even at 8 am I didn’t see the 6IX. Just like that dancehall night was over leaving thrilling memories on which to reminisce, but wait, there was one night to go still.

Night two, aka Reggae Night, was an upgrade from the beautiful night before. Chris Martin sang his “Cheaters Prayer,” Romain “Bellowed,” and Beres “Roared” with the ladies hanging to his every note. Protoje was a master, Lila Ike’s introduction seemingly assured she belonged in front of the crowd. Jah 9 was mystical, Dalton Harris thrilled us with his range and sought clarity, and Etana “The Strong One” echoed her quality. Buju Banton was left for last, and the Gargamel blasted his vocals across the venue as fans craved more of the songs on the legends musical menu, needless to say, he delivered.

Then there was nothing to look forward to, and our short time together has again passed, no more sound clash, or Sumfest Street Dance no more standing aghast at talented Jamaicans taking the stage apart. Thank you Downsound and Joe Bogdanovich for investing in our Jamaican talents.

So it’s until next year again and no doubt I will miss you. See you again soon.

Yours Sincerely.

J.D. Smith
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The birds are singing for Aidonia – Bogdanovich says patrons should expect surprises at Reggae Sumfest
by Shereita Grizzle – Staff Reporter
July 18, 2019


With a day before the first performance night gets under way at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Reggae Sumfest’s chief organiser, Joe Bogdanovich, says patrons are in for a host of surprises as far as the final line-up is concerned.

With rumours that Aidonia may be among the late additions, Bogdanovich, although offering no confirmation, says the former is a possibility.

“I was in the park the other day, and at sunset, often the birds like to hang out there and chit-chat, and they sing all kinds of tunes out there. They sang a tune for Koffee, and I paid attention to the birdies. All I can say now is that they’re chit chatting again, and I don’t know what they have for this Donia kid, but boy, they couldn’t stop talking about him,” he said.

“They (the birds) think that not only will Donia be there, but there will be others. Everybody wants to be on this show, and everybody wants to be at this show. It’s going to be a landmark show. The weather is great. We have some tricks up our sleeves. It’ll be fun. You don’t wanna miss a beat.”

Last minute additions are sometimes taken out of context to mean that promoters of an event are cowering before the final hour to book big name acts to carry the event. This is not the case for Reggae Sumfest, Bogdanovich insisted.

“Everybody who’s anybody is on this show. I think the ladies will represent really well with they dynamics. We have some youthful energy, as well as an act that always delivers. I think that we got a lot of emphasis on young, vibrant relevant artistes coming up. It’s nice to see the second city coming up with some big aces again, and everybody is excited about that. Everybody seems to think that the ‘6ixes’ have really resurrected dancehall, and we will see how they do,” he said.

“We have the legends of dancehall there in, Bounty and Beenie, who are very enthusiastic about showing us what it takes to be a legend and survive for so long in this business. I think that Chronixx is a huge international star, and he’s reggae, dancehall Jamaican making big moves, and he’s on top of the game. Koffee, who has just been added, she’s 19 and a phenom everybody wants to see. The facts are what they are, and Dancehall Night is going to be special. So, get there early cause it’s going to sell off.”

Speaking of early, Bogdanovich urged artistes to be on time for their sets, as he is hoping to meet a 6 a.m. lock-off time. He pointed out that he will be trying to adhere to international standards for the show, which would mean that artistes who miss their performance slots might not get to perform and/or could risk not being paid the balance of their appearance fee.

Tomorrow’s show will see the likes of Spice, Dovey Magnum, Shauna Controlla, Govana, Dexta Daps, Squash, Chronic Law and Jahvillani joining Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Chronixx and Koffee to share the stage

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Aidonia Hosting Birthday Bash In NY, Ready For Reggae Sumfest

Occupying the No.1 spot on various charts across the diaspora with the singles “Hot Tool,” “Yeah Yeah,” and “Breeze,” 4th Genna boss Aidonia continues to dominate the local dancehall space amidst work on his upcoming album.

Internationally, the deejay has been experiencing a steady stream of success with the singles “Yeah Yeah” and “Breeze,” featuring Govana, both going mainstream in recent months. At the recently held Your View Awards (YVAs) showcase, he also took home the award for ‘Hottest Summer Song’ coupled with a noteworthy nomination for his humanitarian efforts through the One Voice Foundation.

Alluding to his recent success and upcoming album Aidonia says, “Big up all the fans for the continued support. As for the album I want to provide fans with something exceptional, hence I believe as an artiste it is extremely important to take the time and effort to mould each record in the best way I possibly can.”

With only a few weeks to go, the 4th Genna head honcho is now in full throttle mode promoting his two-part birthday celebrations slated for Saturday, March 31 in Jamaica and Saturday, April 28 in New York City. The Jamaican leg will be hosted at Island Village Beach, Ocho Rios while Amazura Night Club will take centre-stage for the New York edition.

Adding to the current positive trend the deejay has also released the official video for the catchy party anthem ‘Breeze’ via his Vevo page and has been confirmed for this year’s Reggae Sumfest along with label-mate Govana and several other high profile acts. The festival is set to unfold on July 15 -21 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

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