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Caribbean Love Now pledges $5m to support Hurricane Dorian relief

Standing in unity are Alveta Knight, Honorary Consul of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to Jamaica (third from left) and Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of Caribbean Love Now (fourth from left). Joining them are (from left) Chamal Bethel, Bahamian national; Bobby Blake of Hardware and Lumber; Keva Hylton, Bahamianl; Lovett Brian of H&L Rapid; Toni Kaye Johnson, President of the Bahamian Student Association at UWI and Marcus Richards, Managing Director of Hardware & Lumber.Standing in unity are Alveta Knight, Honorary Consul of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to Jamaica (third from left) and Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of Caribbean Love Now (fourth from left). Joining them are (from left) Chamal Bethel, Bahamian national; Bobby Blake of Hardware and Lumber; Keva Hylton, Bahamianl; Lovett Brian of H&L Rapid; Toni Kaye Johnson, President of the Bahamian Student Association at UWI and Marcus Richards, Managing Director of Hardware & Lumber.

Investor Joe Bogdanovich announced that Caribbean Love Now Foundation (CLN) has teamed up with a number of his companies to provide support for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery in The Bahamas.

CLN has pledged an initial sum $5 million and is inviting the Jamaican public to join the pledge by making donations of cash and relief supplies at H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores across the island.

Hurricane Dorian is recorded as the strongest and most powerful storm to hit The Bahamas creating unprecedented damage on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. The latest reports from the government of the Bahamas is that some 1,500 people remain missing.

(L – R) Chairman of Caribbean Love Now (CLN), Joe Bogdanovich, discusses the effects Hurricane Dorian has on Bahamanians with Alveta Knight, the Honorary Consul of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to Jamaica, at the launch of Caribbean Love Now Bahamas Relief  at H&L Rapid True Value, Constant Spring, Kingston.

“We are heartbroken by the stories of devastation that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. But we are also heartened by the spirit of survival of the Bahamian people and will support them on the journey to rebuild,” said Joe Bogdanovich.

Caribbean Love Now will aid in the immediate relief effort and once the recovery phase is initiated, will direct its efforts to rebuild health and education facilities.  Similar support was provided to the government of Dominica in its rebuilding work following Hurricane Maria. Caribbean Love Now is registered under the Jamaica Charities Act 2013.

Revvae Edwards, cashier at H&L Rapid True Value, Constant Spring showcases a donation bucket that will be used to collect contributions for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery in the Bahamas.

Alveta Knight, the Honorary Consul for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Jamaica said, “I am overwhelmed by the love, as demonstrated in cash, kind and prayers, extended by the people of Jamaica to my beautiful Bahamaland. As we navigate our way through the uncharted devastation left behind by Hurricane Dorian with the help of Caribbean Love Now and the wider Caribbean family, are confident that we shall rise like a  phoenix out this hurricane’s destructive ‘ashes’. Thank you, Jamaica.”

Hardware & Lumber will donate equipment and building supplies. Jamaicans are also invited to make donations of tools, tarpaulins batteries and solar lamps, etc. at all 15 H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores across the island. One hundred per cent of all donations will be distributed to the people of The Bahamas.

http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/caribbean-love-now-pledges-5m-support-hurricane-dorian-relief

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Live streaming garnered millions of impressions from as far as Australia, Dubai, Nigeria, Russia and Denmark

Forbes explained that the return on their investment is largely predicated on serving clients outside of Jamaica, as well as meeting the needs of discerning local clients who target international distribution. The technology was launched at the recent staging of Reggae Sumfest.

As the host broadcaster for Reggae Sumfest, Phase 3 provided its multi-camera 4K coverage of the concert to approved content distributors. Live streaming garnered millions of impressions from as far as Australia, Dubai, Nigeria, Russia and Denmark.

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Style & Vibes Podcast Ep 33: Reggae Sumfest Recap

Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media

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Reggae Sumfest 2019 was pure fire! There was so much to unpack from Jamaica’s premier reggae and dancehall stage festival of the summer; from the brand marketing, production and of course the performances. In this episode executive product Kerry-Ann and I breakdown all of the moments that made Reggae Sumfest a hit in 2019 so you can make sure you don’t miss 2020!

Check out the live stream Night 1 | Night 2

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PM Hails Successful Reggae Sumfest
ENTERTAINMENT
JULY 23, 2019
Story Highlights
  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the successful staging of Reggae Sumfest 2019 is a powerful endorsement of Jamaica’s rich musical history.
  • Speaking to JIS News at the show’s final night on Saturday (July 20), Mr. Holness said he was very impressed with the huge turnout of both local and international patrons.
  • “This is the biggest Sumfest ever. Just looking back at Reggae Sumfest [shows] that I have attended… even dating back to Reggae Sunsplash… I have never seen this level of crowd… and the atmosphere is also great…,” he said.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the successful staging of Reggae Sumfest 2019 is a powerful endorsement of Jamaica’s rich musical history.
Speaking to JIS News at the show’s final night on Saturday (July 20), Mr. Holness said he was very impressed with the huge turnout of both local and international patrons.
“This is the biggest Sumfest ever. Just looking back at Reggae Sumfest [shows] that I have attended… even dating back to Reggae Sunsplash… I have never seen this level of crowd… and the atmosphere is also great…,” he said.
“And when you are getting the views and the statistics from what is being live-streamed and broadcast on other media it is clear that this music festival, celebrating reggae, has been taken to another level,” he added.
Mr. Holness praised the event’s promoter, Businessman Joe Bogdanovich, noting that he “has taken the time to understand the product… to invest in the product… to be patient with the product” and is now reaping the benefits.
“His investment… has paid off. I think from here on it can only get bigger,” he said.
He noted that the performers used the platform given to them “to send a very powerful message about Jamaica’s art and culture”, noting that not a single international act was used to boost the appeal of the event.
The Prime Minister said that the success of Reggae Sumfest reinforces the fact that music continues to be an important value-added component of the tourism sector.
“When people come to our country they travel to gain an experience, and it is the interaction of the natural environment… the built environment… and the culture that gives that distinct experience. If the experience is good, they will want to come back again and again, and that is what we want to create. This festival is a very good example of the experience of our culture,” he pointed out.
For his part, Director of Tourism, Donovan White, said Reggae Sumfest 2019 has exceeded all expectations and painted Jamaica “in a very good light”.
“It has been an amazing experience, the performances, the production, the execution, the quality, the ability to pull Jamaicans out to enjoy Jamaican performers has been just unbelievable,” he beamed.
“I don’t believe we have ever had a Sumfest of this magnitude as it relates to patrons…,” he told JIS News.
Mr. White said the event’s success has now positioned Jamaica to build on the narrative of being the entertainment destination of the Caribbean, adding that it also provides an opportunity for “us to put on 21 days of constant and consistent events that cannot be found anywhere else in the region”.
“We believe, from early estimates, that the impact of Sumfest this year is no less than a billion dollars in Montego Bay’s economy,” Mr. White said.
“We have seen about 10,000 visitors coming in [over] just a week for Reggae Sumfest,” he added.
Reggae Sumfest was held from July 14 to 20 in Montego Bay, and was highlighted by a two-night stage show on July 19 and 20 at the Catherine Hall complex.
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) was a major sponsor of the event.
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Reggae Sumfest Generates $1 Billion Jamaican Dollars for the Montego Bay Area & Country!
Jul 25, 2019  Latest Reggae News

The Team at Downsound Entertainment achieved their goals with making Reggae Sumfest a hugely attended international event! Anyone who wasn’t taking Reggae music & musicians seriously before – take note – the entire island has financially benefited from the Caribbean’s largest Reggae Festival that took place July 14-20, 2019. Several news channels has reported this figure, which was originally projected to be around $12 Million USD, it’s now closer to $75 Million USD. The hotels, restaurants, taxi drivers and businesses around Mobay were lively with an enthusiastic crowd and the 5 Pre-Events before Festival Nights 1 & 2 helped keep everyone in an irie mood for the entire week.

As evident from the overhead drone shots, the festival was packed with locals and the 10,000+ that flew in specifically for Sumfest 2019. Downsound Entertainment also provided free live-streaming on their Youtube Channel and DSE TV for the entire shows on Friday & Saturday night. The Livestreams were also highly attended with over 10K international viewers all joining in on the good vibes and stellar performances.

If you missed it or want to watch again all of the performances are on their channel HERE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHWqekyGOTkdu8IlcapvJSw/videos

For more news on Reggae Sumfest visit: https://reggaesumfest.com/

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J$1 Billion in Revenue Generated from Reggae Sumfest says Ed Bartlett
July 30, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has indicated that J$1 Billion was generated at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest music festival held at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

Bartlett said “This year was arguably the largest Reggae Sumfest in terms of attendance from both local and overseas guests. On the visitor arrival side, we saw approximately 10,000 people coming to the island for the festival which is an increase of 3000 over last year.

“More importantly we estimate the revenue impact from the festival to be $J1 Billion based on average room nights stay of locals and visitors and taxes,” said Minister Bartlett.

Reggae Sumfest, which began in 1993, has been described as the largest music festival in Jamaica and the Caribbean, taking place each year in mid-July in Montego Bay. It attracts crowds of all ages from all over the world and locally, and has featured a variety of Jamaican reggae artists as well as international acts.

Minister Bartlett added that, “The success of entertainment festivals such as Sumfest augurs well for tourism as it boosts arrivals and has a major economic impact in and around Montego Bay.

Through these types of events, hotels both large and small, attractions and smaller players in the sector get to truly benefit from the extensive value chain of tourism.”

The weeklong festival usually kicks off with the Sumfest Beach Party which is followed with a series of events including a free Street Dance. Then there are two nights of the main festival with live performances featuring some of the best Dancehall and Reggae Artists in the world.

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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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Reggae Sumfest Generates $1 Billion Jamaican Dollars for the Montego Bay Area & Country!

The Team at Downsound Entertainment have definitely achieved their goals with making Reggae Sumfest a hugely attended international event! Anyone who wasn’t taking Reggae music & musicians seriously before – take note – the entire island has financially benefited from the Caribbean’s largest Reggae Festival that took place July 14-20, 2019.

Several news channels have reported this figure, which was originally projected to be around $12 Million USD, it’s now closer to $75 Million USD. The hotels, restaurants, taxi drivers and businesses around Mobay were lively with an enthusiastic crowd and the 5 Pre-Events before Festival Nights 1 & 2 helped keep everyone in an irie mood for the entire week.

As evident from the overhead drone shots, the festival was packed with locals and the 10,000+ that flew in specifically for Sumfest 2019.

Downsound Entertainment also provided free live-streaming on their Youtube Channel and DSE TV for the entire shows on Friday & Saturday night.

The Livestreams were also highly attended with over 10K international viewers all joining in on the good vibes and stellar performances.

If you missed it or want to watch again all of the performances are on their channel HERE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHWqekyGOTkdu8IlcapvJSw/videos

For more news on Reggae Sumfest visit: https://reggaesumfest.com/
Original Article from Reggae Festival Guide

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Our Music, Our Festival
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Since its inception, Reggae Sumfest has proven itself to be the greatest reggae show on earth. This year, an estimated 10,000 visitors came to The Rock to see some of the best local talent. So much so, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has indicated that J$1 billion was generated at the just-concluded music festival.

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