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Reggae Sumfest Saturday: Sumfest takes fans into the sunrise with a lineup of reggae legends

 

 

 

 

 

 

After an epic Friday night Reggae Sumfest was not showing signs of slowing down. Looking at the itinerary it was evident that Saturday night was going to be another all nighter with Buju Banton serving up his set at sunrise. Attempting to arrive earlier in order to beat the traffic didn’t work as well as we’d hoped but offered up a chance for a lovely evening nap after a day out in the hot Jamaican sun. Now with the moon and stars out it was a whole new ‘day’.

Jah9 took the stage with a slight delay around 11pm, an early show by the local standards but we made it in time. Jah9 is a spiritual creature, a philanthropist, and a yoga instructor but for the purposes of this event, Jah9 is a reggae artists. These days Jah9 is working towards developing a “deeper, more personal deployment of her Jazz on Dub sound” while making her audiences “pause, breathe deeply, and feel empowered” – the 9 here stands for the symbol of creation and womb of the universe. While all that might sound like fancy bio jargon it’s all true. Naturally, Jah9’s performance was melodic, smoothly flowing from one track into another like a river. She smiled, talked about Jah, and shared small bits of truth while dancing through New name (2013), 9 (2016), and various older tracks like ”Steamers a bubble”.

After a couple of breaks, band changes, and a lovely performance by Etana, Protoje made his way out to greet the Sumfest crowd.

In interview with the Rolling Stone Protoje spoke about reggae as a genre: “It’s not some resort music that people drink piña coladas to […] Reggae and hip-hop have a close background together” he continued pointing out how he likes to “dance in between those.” His recent release, A Matter of Time, is a great example of reggae revival (resurgence of a conscious, organic, but up to date reggae). An album created for a global audience and meant to break down boundaries and stereotypes of the genre. A Matter of Time is a bit of a departure from Ancient Future which was a showcase of the history of Jamaican music. But in departure comes progress. As the headliner for reggae revival standing alongside Chronixx the two occasionally work together so, naturally, their music carries some resemblance. For his set Protoje brought out quite a few guests including Jesse Royal, Sevana, and Lila Ike. The guests who got the most horns going, however, were Agent Sasco and, of course, Chronixx, introduced as “The biggest artist of our generation.”

By the time Beres Hammond came out the area around the stage was packed to the brim. Beres is a reggae legend with three generations of fans, who’s easy to listen to romantic music has touched many hearts and inspired many musicians. This show was, in a way, a part of Hammond’s Never Ending tour, an album released last year, his 3rd #1 album on the Billboard reggae chart. With a 9-piece band supporting his set Beres charismatically and playfully cruised the stage with a sly smile. Now 63, Beres Hammond is truly an inspiration. As soon as his voice rang through Catherine Hall people seemed to take a step back from pushing and begun to sing along and sway.

A few years back Beres brought out Romain Virgo on stage to sing the “I Feel Good” rhythm which, he once told United Reggae, was his way of saying “Keep doing what you’re doing, kid”. Fast forward to today, six-plus years later Romain Virgo took the Sumfest stage following Mr Hammond.

Romain Virgo, wearing a 3-piece impressionable suit, is Jamaica’s own hopeless romantic. His latest album, Lovesick, released last year via VP records, is 16 tightly packed love songs. Having seen Romain at Sumfest a couple of years ago I knew, this is the artist who will turn all the women in the audience into lovestruck schoolgirls. Having chatted with Romain earlier that week what was fresh on my mind is a calm, somewhat self conscious artist, consistently looking to improve his act (interview coming soon). On stage, however, Romain carries himself with shameless charisma and charm. He sang to the women’s empowerment, encouraging pride and holding their heads high. Agent Sascomade another stage appearance for “Fade Away” from Lifted (2015). For this track the background video spoke to the high numbers of missing children. The not so subtle awareness continued when Romain brought out another special guest – a 10-year-old girl named Teshae Silvera, to sing one of his unreleased songs. The people should be taking care of the younger ones, Romaine called out, “this is a message for you and all I want you to do is listen, this is so powerful.” Teshae begun to sing quietly, Romain demanded attention and the people quieted down to give room to this young singer to showcase her voice and share the powerful message of child abuse. As one would expect, this performance brought tears to some people’s faces. Romain sang solo through the rest of his set ending with an a cappella when his time got cut short to catch up on earlier delays.

Second to last performance of the weekend was another dancehall romantic Christopher Martin. Starting with his top tracks “I’m a big deal” and “Paper loving” Christopher quickly warmed up the tiring crowd. Pacing the stage with subtly seductive dance moves (particularly for “Magic”), getting the crowd to take part by singing along and swaying their arms left to right. “Sexy ladies make some noise” Martin called out. “Ladies I gotta talk to you,” he continued after a brief pause: “The views of Christopher Martin aren’t necessarily the views of every man in here” quick disclaimer followed by him speaking out the first few lines of “Bun fi bun” as the audience laughed and cheered. Right after he, naturally, brought out Romain Virgo, the two are friends and support each other on tours sometimes, we’ve learned during an interview a few days earlier. Sadly, Christopher’s set too had to be cut early. Leaving the audience without a proper set conclusion he left giving room to the stage staff swapping out band equipment.

Buju Banton was the final act for the night and the one people we’re most anxious to see. Trying to make my way back into the photo pit at this point begun to look like an impossible feat as people stormed the tiny entrance. Just behind the fence from this restless crowd, standing at the foot of the stage steps is Buju himself, calm, chatting with some people, ready to go, like a champion ‘Ram pa pa pam pam’. A small group of large men somehow managed to part the lineup to allow Beenie Man come through to the front of the stage to watch the show.

This was Buju’s second pubic performance since his release from prison in March. The nearly 8-year break had no impact on the artist’s stage presence or size of audience. Buju’s 10-piece Shiloh band was just big enough to match the excitement of the audience while Buju himself was energetically bouncing around the stage barefoot, in a plaid vest and trousers combo. His 90 minute set took us into the next day effortlessly with some anthemic tunes.

There have been reports that Buju’s Long Walk to Freedom Concert is the one that will never be beat, having not lived through that one I can’t compare but it’s safe to say this Sumfest set was an unforgettable one.

At this point it was Sunday. It felt like we have lived a full two days of reggae uninterrupted and aside from a little sweat and dust there isn’t much to be mad about. Leaving the festival grounds in high energy, holding on to our chairs, shoes, and water bottles we were all inevitably beginning to count down the days to Sumfest 2020.

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Record numbers turn out for Reggae Sumfest 2019
Mon July 22, 2019

Reggae Sumfest 2019 ended with a bang, attracting a historic number of tourists.

The week-long event was attended by members of parliament, international singers and rappers, NBA stars, cricketers and a wide selection of music lovers.

Some of biggest names in reggae and dancehall flocked Catherine Hall in Montego Bay to witness performances by Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Chronixx, Protoje, Etana, Spice, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco, Koffee, Spragga Benz and others.

It was also a special night for past Digicel Rising Stars winners, as four contestants – Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, Dalton Harris and saxophonist Verlando Small – graced the Sumfest stage.

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Gallery | Reggae Sumfest 2019 Festival Night One

Reggae Sumfest 2019 featuring performances by Chronixx, Koffee, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Spice, Agent Sasco, Dexta Daps, Squash, Spragga Benz, Elephant Man, Munga, Govana, Dovey Magnum, Unknown Gringo, Shane E, Chronic Law, Jahvillani and Shauna Controlla held at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay on Friday July 19, 2019.
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Timeless Beres Hammond The King Of Lovers Rock Thrills Reggae Sumfest
by J.D. Smith  July 22, 2019

Beres Hammond sumfest

The king of lovers rock did not disappoint those on hand at Reggae Sumfest last night. He reeled off countless hits which have transcended generations, which was evident when taking the crowd reaction into consideration.

Young and old were captivated by Uncle Beres’ raspy vocals and melodies. Some were even surprised to see the energy the veteran left on the stage. For me, this performance easily ranks among the top 3 performances at the entire festival, legendary to say the least.

He ran through his hits like “Rock Away,” “No Disturb Sign,” “Step Aside Now” to a sing-along choir of thousands of patrons. Beres had the ladies in the venue in a frenzy. One patron said, “I would never allow Beres to sing to my girl,” and who would blame him.

The “Sweet Life” singer proved last night that he is the best ever to do it ( lovers rock ). I mean, Beres had one of the most genuine receptions I have ever seen, the relationship between Jamaica and this entertainer is unmovable and unbreakable.

All the stars were out enjoying the performance with the master. Jesse Royal and the likes of Agent Sasco looked to the stage attentively as if God descended, hardcore deejay Govana was caught on screen lip sinking the lyrics of “Sweet Life.” Beres it seems is a favorite even among the superstars in the industry.

After experiencing dancehall night, a great spectacle, last night was actually an improvement. Veterans like Beres Hammond proved that they were on another level performance-wise, vocally as well, just top class.

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Stars Shine Brightly On Reggae Sumfest Night 2

Published:Monday | July 22, 2019 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

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Protoje performs with two of his friends, Lila Ike and Agent Sasco.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Awake from their slumber last Saturday night, the audience that stood in anticipation of the performance from former musical protégé Protoje acknowledged that he has since mastered the craft.

With the fullest versatility on display, the Grammy-nominated lyricist, a Lion King in his own right, questioned Who is a Scar to a Simba, the collab with Jessie Royal on Royal’s Lion Order.

Whether it was with Like This or Rasta Man , featuring Ky-Mani Marley, Protoje built the energy of the audience, which had only previously been stirred by X-Factor/Digicel Rising stars Dalton Harris.

Introducing newcomer Lila Ike to his set led to a resounding ovation, which doubled when Agent Sasco made a surprise entrance. Singer/DJ Chronixx joined Protoje on stage, with the internationally acclaimed Who Knows receiving the loudest ovation of the night to that point.

Buju Banton had not yet hit the stage, neither had two of the Digicel Rising Stars trio. Romain Virgo and Christopher Martin, who made history by being on the same internationally acclaimed stage performing for the same audience in one night.

Opening with a rendition of Sam Smith’s Stay With Me, Virgo stepped on stage donned in a fashionable three-pieced suit. As he inquired if the crowd believed in love,In This Together and Wanna Go Home showed that he ­definitely did, whereas Love Doctor and Don’t You Remember showed his vocal prowess. The audience itself was just as Rich in Love as Virgo was, feeling the power of his robust set. The loudest ovation was for 10-year-old Tashae Silvera, who chastised the “dutty men” and the “waste men” alike, with the background showing the statistics of missing children.

You can never go wrong with ending your set with the country’s national anthem, and Virgo did so flawlessly.

BERES HAMMOND
The consummate professional, beckoned by his given name, Hugh Beresford Hammond, showed that few things are as consistent as the excellence of a Beres Hammond performance. Come Back Home did not disappoint Step Aside Now and Standing in the Way both pleaded for a lesser man to move up. In making the crowd Feel Good, Hammond expressed the same sentiment.

Even though every song is a classic, Double Trouble and Putting Up Resistancespoke to timeless hits the cultured Catherine Hall crowd could appreciate. “I wonder if you remember this song yah.” Seriously, Hammond? Catherine Hall, Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay remember every word to every song you have ever done.

The penultimate act at Reggae Sumfest 2019 was indeed a Big Deal, not a meal deal. Year in and year out, Christopher Martin has used the Sumfest stage to show his growth as an artiste and a performer, and Saturday night was his best to date.

Totally in his element, Can’t Love Me Now and Cheaters Anthem struck a resounding ovation as Martin refused to extol misogyny in an era of women empowerment.

Leave People Business Alone was followed by Martin imploring the audience to love the country’s women, with the rash of violence prevalent in today’s Jamaica.

The Strong One, Etana, came out in a black and gold dress to a Better Tomorrow. With a vocal presence that was impossible to ignore, Etana entertained with Warrior Love and I Rise, which got the audience to sing along. Years later, Wrong Addressstill has the same effect, which speaks to how relatable her words are in song.

The 27th Reggae Sumfest also saw performances from a conscious and captivating Jah9, whose message had the audience in action mode.

Performances from Kamar Highcon, Montego Bay’s Jovex, Kingston’s Alpha Boy’s Band, Florida’s Tesselated, Avante, and Dre Zee all added to the wholesomeness of the final night of Reggae Sumfest 2019.

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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.
https://sflcn.com/jamaica-iconic-music-festival-reggae-sumfest-returns-27th-year/
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High Expectations For Sumfest 2019

Published: Thursday | May 16, 2019 | Janet Sivera – Gleaner Writer
Royalton’s Stayce Ingram (left), Island Strains’ Christopher Gordon and his wife Maria, were spotted out and about with the effervescent Richard Ferdinand of the Tryall Club (right).
Royalton’s Stayce Ingram (left), Island Strains’ Christopher Gordon and his wife Maria, were spotted out and about with the effervescent Richard Ferdinand of the Tryall Club (right).

Unlike previous years where the launch of Reggae Sumfest took place inside a conference room or an amphitheatre in Montego Bay, the promoters took to the beach for the 2019 launch of the Reggae music festival.

The stretch of sparkling white sand of the Iberostar resort in Rose Hall, formed the perfect setting, delighting the scores of Montegonians and their counterparts from Kingston and other places who streamed into the venue for an evening characterised by delicious Jamaican faire, dancehall music and a cocktail bar, where bartenders served up juices and concoctions made from some of the most sought-after top shelf liquors.

Head honcho, Joseph Bagdanovich of Downsound Entertainment, was his usual upbeat self, heaping praises during his address on Sumfest founders Johnny Gourzong, Godfrey Dyer, Robert Russell, Mickey Morris, whom he said, along with their other collaborators made a “great team”.

“The joy it brings to fans across the world is more than enough to make you want to do it all over again as long as you can, and for this I give thanks,” Bagdanovich said.

Bogdanovich also disclosed that a new section dubbed the Golden Triangle, will now become a feature of the festival, which according to Scatta Burell, would host the festival’s most honoured guests.

“It’s gonna be at the top of the top; it’s gonna hold maybe 50, 60, 70 people and it’s gonna be the bomb,” Bogdanovich said.

Reggae Sumfest will be staged in Montego Bay from July 14 to 20. The event gets underway with Mawnin Medz Beach Party, marshalled by Stylo G and Skinny Fabulous at Tropical Beach, followed by the Street Dance at the Old Hospital Park on the Jimmy Cliff Boulevard on Monday, closing out with the likes of Buju Banton and Beres Hammond on Saturday, July 20.

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May 10, 2019
Buju Banton (right) performs with the legendary Beres Hammond at the Long Walk to Freedom concert in March.
Buju Banton (right) performs with the legendary Beres Hammond at the Long Walk to Freedom concert in March.

When it was announced that Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and Chronixx were the headliners for this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest, the reaction from the public spoke volumes as to the amount of support the festival would receive this year.

With just over two months to go before the event gets under way, checks with several hotels in the parish of St James have revealed that most of the rooms have been fully booked until the end of July.

Reggae Sumfest’s chief organiser, Joe Bogdanovich, believes there is a direct link between the festival’s line-up and the sold-out hotels.

Pointing out that ticket sales have been going well, Bogdanovich said that he thinks the Beres, Buju and Chronixx combination is one of the main reasons hotels have been booked out this early in the season.

“Reggae Sumfest is usually a sold-out show. Hotels in the Montego Bay area usually see an increase in bookings around the period the show is being held, but this year, I know for sure the demand has been greater,” he said.

“I am not surprised some people can’t get hotel rooms right now, because based on the ticket sales, the demand for the show this year has been overwhelming. It is the best I’ve seen it since I took over the festival. I think the B.B.C line-up has a lot to do with it. Beres, Buju and Chronixx are three of the biggest artistes on the local music scene, and I think people really want to see them in action,” he said, adding that Beenie Man and Bounty Killer are expected to give legendary performances on the Friday night.

TICKETS GOING

According to Bogdanovich, tickets for this year’s festival are going so well that he and his team are thinking of adding another section to the grounds to meet demands.

“I am now thinking of building a whole new seating area, and it’s gonna be called the Golden Triangle. It will be for the more luxurious crowd. But all that will be discussed in another week or less because we are in the designing phase right now. I think we’re attracting more people this year than any other year, and we want to be prepared for that.”

Bogdanovich’s points are supported by statistics presented by Delano Seiveright, senior adviser/strategist in the Ministry of Tourism.

Seiveright told THE WEEKEND STAR that he has already seen increases in the number of hotel bookings for this year compared to the same period last year. He also said there has been an increase in the number of tourists who have booked flights to the island this summer.

“It is important to note that seat capacity for the destination this summer is 1,400,371 which is 108,872 or 8.4% more than 2018. The biggest growth is from the United States, which shows an increase of over 100,000 seats for the summer period (May through August 2019), compared with the same period in 2018,” he said.

“Jamaica has been experiencing very strong growth in tourist arrivals in recent times. This as a result of the multiple strategies pursued by the Ministry of Tourism and its agencies. Sumfest this year is mega, and already many hotels and other accommodations are reporting very high bookings, some of which is attributed to Reggae Sumfest.”

And for those who are yet to book hotel rooms, Seiveright is encouraging them to explore the Airbnb option and look beyond Montego Bay for accommodation.

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Buju Banton, Beres Hammond & Chronixx to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2019

The line-up keeps getting Hotter! Buju Banton, Beres Hammond & Chronixx to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2019

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Reggae Sumfest: Beres the master!

Beres Hammond performs at Sumfest 2018 on Sunday morning. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)Beres Hammond performs at Sumfest 2018 on Sunday morning. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

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.

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