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Purple-carpet affair for Sumfest Get Social Awards

June 19, 2019

Public relations specialist Tara Playfair-Scott says it’s all systems go for the inaugural staging of the Reggae Sumfest Get Social Awards.

The awards ceremony is set to take place next Saturday at Downsound Records’ headquarters on Belmont Road.

With nominees including some of the biggest names in the local music industry, as well as popular social-media personalities (local and international), the event is expected to be a star-studded affair.

Playfair-Scott told THE STAR that excitement has been steadily building and that with voting now closed, there is a heightened level of anticipation among nominees.

“We have had so many different persons telling us how excited they are that we have these awards. A lot of the nominees said they are so happy to be recognised by being nominated. We are glad to be able to recognise persons from all different fields. Plans are coming along great; we are coming down to the big day, so we are all excited,” she said.

She also revealed that the event will be streamed live on Sumfest’s Facebook page.

Interviews with the artistes will also be accommodated on the night via what she dubbed the ‘Go Live Room’.

Although many artistes are expected to be in attendance, it is still unclear if there will be any live performances on the night.

Playfair-Scott urged patrons to come out to the event as the night will be filled with surprises.

“Maybe we will have performances. You will have to be there to find out,” she said.

Nominees for the awards were announced via Sumfest’s Instagram page last month. Voting opened immediately after the announcements and closed last Friday.

Votes are currently being tallied, and the winners will be announced on June 29.

More than 100 social-media influencers were shortlisted across 35 categories including Best Male and Female Dancehall Artistes, Best DJ, Best Producer, Blogger of the Year, Kid Stars and many more.

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Reggae Sumfest Almost Ready For Jamaican Blast-Off

 JIM BYERS  JUNE 17, 2019

 

Reggae Sumfest Jamaica
Reggae Sumfest runs in Montego Bay, Jamaica in late July of this year.
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Reggae Sumfest Pre-Parties: Street Dance & All White — Don’t miss the exciting pre-event parties during week-long takeover of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

REGGAE SUMFEST PRE-PARTIES: STREET DANCE & ALL WHITE ~ DON’T MISS THE EXCITING PRE-EVENT PARTIES DURING WEEK-LONG TAKEOVER OF MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA.

 

‘Street Dance’ & ‘All White’  

Don’t miss these two exciting pre-event parties of 

Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 

Tickets are available on Reggae Sumfest’s 

Eventbrite Ticket Website:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reggae-sumfest-2019-tickets-54253145619?aff=affiliate3RFG2

 

Free ‘Yawdy Style’ STREET DANCE Party on 

Monday July 15 and ALL WHITE party, Tuesday, July 16

 

Monday Night July 15 on The Hip Strip in Montego Bay once again explodes into the great free Reggae Sumfest Street Dance being held at Old Hospital Park. If last year’s turn out is anything to gauge what to expect this year, then put on your “Yaddy Style” and get ready to heat up the 2nd City. Both locals and tourists come out to enjoy the sweet sounds of reggae and dancehall, and this year Foota Hype, Skyjuice, Team Shella and C Notepromise to keep everyone moving all night long. It’s FREE so be sure to come out and experience our music and our culture courtesy of SUMFEST!

 Get your tickets now and don’t miss out on the ALL WHITE party, Tuesday, July 16

This is the only way to celebrate the Summer with Sumfest– on July 16th Pier 1 comes alive with ALL WHITE. Grab your sexy summer whites and meet us on the water with the musical beats brought to you by DJ Smokeand DJ Smurf. You are guaranteed to dance the night away. Montego Bay will be pulsating with excitement throughout the night and right into the morning when gates open at 9pm and we don’t stop until 4am. Tickets go fast for this event… secure yours today!

 

About Reggae Sumfest:

Sumfest has earned a reputation as the Caribbean’s premier music festival showcasing Jamaica’s indigenous music as well as many other popular global genres of music. Now in its 27th year, the world’s greatest reggae music festival continues to pay homage to the musical genre that originated in Jamaica and has become a global phenomenon. Sumfest continues to add unprecedented value to “Brand Jamaica” by promoting two of the country’s most valuable products – the music and the island itself as a tourist destination. 

 

Since its inception, Sumfest has made Montego Bay and the surrounding areas a prime summer destination for visitors and locals alike who flock to the city to enjoy some of the best talents in Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop and R&B. Over the years, Sumfest has partnered with a number of major local and international brands. Our goal is to continue these long-standing partnerships and develop ways to enhance their relationship with Sumfest to drive incremental value for their brands. Sumfest is owned by Joseph Bogdanovich and produced by his company DownSound Entertainment.

 

www.ReggaeSumfest.com

 

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Nikki Z Says NO To Plastic At Reggae Sumfest

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | Kimberley Small – Staff Reporter
Nikki Z
Nikki Z

With many major entertainment events, there comes the issue of waste. Earlier this year, carnival bands campaigned about reducing plastic consumption by walking with your own party cups and providing biodegradable lunchboxes for the thousands of revellers who hit the road.

Before the masses travel to the north coast for Reggae Sumfest, popular broadcaster Nikki Z is in the midst of launching another such campaign as an ambassador for the world-renowned Alligator Head Foundation.

“When I heard that the team at Reggae Sumfest wanted to find a better way to discard the plastics accumulated at these big events, I got together with the team at Alligator Head Foundation, and we met,” she told The Sunday Gleaner.

Nikki Z, along with internationally renowned reggae band Third World, supermodel, singer, and icon Grace Jones, and young performer Wayne J, is an ambassador for the foundation, which is committed to ocean life restoration.

Nikki Z is along for this ride because her experience in the public eye has proven that advocacy through public figures is effective. “It definitely works. When I talk about certain topics on my page and radio show, people are always contacting me because this is information they didn’t know.”

She continued: “When we listen to what they’re saying – predicting the rise in the water over the few years, the plastic in the water, what it’s doing and how many animals and oceans are affected – a lot of people never really look into that so when you put in their face little by little, people do get affected – and they want to make changes. The key to it is being consistent and letting them know how to care about the environment.”

ALLIGATOR HEAD FOUNDATION

Francesca Thyssen Bornemisza is board chairwoman of the Alligator Head Foundation. For Vanity Fair Spain’s environmental issue (June 2019), she is Vanity Fair’s cover star and was specially highlighted for her ongoing work for the restoration, conservation, and preservation of natural resources and habitats. “The oceans are the passion of my life. Really,” she told the magazine.

Bornemisza’s father (Baron Hans-Heirinch Thyssen Bornemisza) owned a residence in Jamaica, where her own children were taught to swim. But trips beneath the surface became difficult, and less beautiful, with disappearing reefs and fish. “Fishing had razed the reefs. It was my turning point,” she said. In response, she developed a project between the Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and The University of the West Indies, the Alligator Head Foundation.

“If you witness the annihilation of several species, of such radical changes in the ecosystem, you cannot ignore it,” she said.

The foundation is a sequestered six-kilometre conservation area, the Fish Sanctuary of East Portland, and it is on a mission to revitalise natural systems and restore marine life. In July 2016, The East Portland Special Fishery Conservation Area was officially gazetted under the Jamaican Fishing Industry Act. Since then, biomass has increased by 200 per cent. Bornemisza said: “It’s amazing how the oceans recover if they are given the opportunity.”

AMBASSADORSHIP & ADVOCACY

As an ambassador of Alligator Head Foundation, Nikki Z hopes to impart environmental awareness to those who may attend the highly anticipated reggae music festival weekend. “I’m gonna be going on the road with Downsound producer Skatta Burrell – just talking to people about the plastic ban and why it’s so important that we really use less – and also to recycle – find ways to reuse. Keeping it green … and blue!”

She revealed that the Alligator Head Foundation would have a booth space at Reggae Sumfest.

“We’re gonna have some pretty cool things on display. I don’t want to say too much about that now, but it’s all about teaming up with great people who want to do great things for the environment. We’ll be working with them – hopefully, for a long time to come. We’ll be fine-tuning better strategies so we can reduce the imprint that we leave,” Nikki Z said.

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Curvy Diva, Kim Nain ready for new Sumfest roles Stephanie Lyew

July 06, 2018
Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett
For the past two years, Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett has played the role of host for the Reggae Sumfest Beach Party. This year, the ‘Lifestyle’ singer will add performing on the main stage on dancehall night to her list of duties for the festival.

“To know that I have put in the work for the last year as a recording artiste and to see that my hard work has paid off that I am now recognised as a female dancehall artiste on one of the biggest stages for reggae music is a wonderful feeling,” she said.

There is no pressure, she says, in having to host the beach party and prepare to deliver a set a few days later.

“All my roles tie together in entertainment. it depends on what is required of me at a particular time or specific occasion. I am humbled that I am very diverse and can play so many roles,” she said.

Curvy Diva is hoping that from the Reggae Sumfest performance, more persons will recognise that she is serious about her role as an artiste and her fan base will be increasesd, especially at the international level.

Meanwhile, Kim Nain, who once took on the role as backup vocalist for Tifa at a previous staging of Reggae Sumfest, says she is now preparing to get the full experience of the festival.

“Although I will be somewhere in the earlier segment of dancehall night performances, it will add to everything that makes it a great show each year and my personal journey,” Kim Nain said.

Kim Nain and Curvy Diva are excited to be two of the five females representing for local women in the industry on Dancehall Night. Kim Nain has been spending more than four hours each day rehearsing for the festival.

“It has been a long time coming because I never had the time to put my full focus on my music before 2015,” she said.

According to Curvy Diva, the females of dancehall are under-represented not only on the stages of big festivals like Reggae Sumfest, but in the industry.

“I would love to see more females stepping up and out representing the industry overall like so many talented females who already paved the way,” Curvy Diva said.

Spice, Press Kay and Tosh Alexander the other female artistes mentioned on event flyers to perform on dancehall night.

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 Kingston Launch of Reggae Sumfest, May 30, 2018

  

    

 

Transcript of Speech Given by Josef Bogdanovich 

Good evening. Welcome.

The  Honourable Olivia Grange, His Worship The Mayor  Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen….

DSE became an owner of Reggae Sumfest officially in May, 2016  a little over two years ago.

Local audience attendance in our first year increased substantially from the previous year. We also introduced our Live Stream that connected fans globally opening our gates to hundreds of thousands.

2017 local attendance increased significantly with fans on Dancehall Night remaining well into daybreak to near capacity. This was a sight witnessing the power of Peace & Love and has been etched in many fans memory, perhaps forever.

Our streaming attendance transformed Reggae Sumfest into a truly

international festival with an international live fan attendance close to a million and in our aftermath literally 10’s of millions watching on line and increasing daily. This says a lot for the concept “Our Music, Our Festival”.

2018 looks to be even more promising. This year’s line up is simply awesome. We have expanded the festival to 8 days with 7 preview and post events and 2 weekend live stage shows.

 

Last year we introduced the food court which was a hit and this year we are introducing the Merchandise Mall featuring 18 local vendors with their goods.

 

We have also introduced a  daytime Symposium appealing to local folks who want to learn more about the industry and how to get involved.  This Symposium will also embrace ideas in support  of the intellectual cultural experience that many abroad thirst for. Reggae Sumfest – something for everyone. I also want to recognise the addition of three new sponsors Master Card, Jet Blue, NCB and Grace.

 

And now for the reality that I’m sure is on peoples minds. The state of emergency order that began in January of this year and has been continued to August 2nd has returned peace and tranquility to Montego Bay.  Over the months I think it’s now safe to say that a wave of fresh air has returned to Montego Bay where people feel safe and the smile of optimism can be seen on many faces. I have been told that tourism numbers continue to increase and from the looks of things July will be another bumper month for the city, the festival and the country. I and other team members are in discussion with the police and the government and I believe we all recognise the positive energy that Reggae Sumfest brings to the people of Montego Bay and to the country. I’m confident that the government will do the right thing and I’m confident that the people will do the right thing. Let’s celebrate together, Our Music, Our festival – Reggae Sumfest.  Thank you.

 

Remarks by the Minister of Culture, Gender,
Entertainment and Sport
the Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP
at Launch of Reggae Sumfest 2018
Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Record
30 May 2018
Salutations

I think that all who have shared in the Reggae Sumfest experience over the last 25 years will agree that the promoters have got it just right.

This is indeed the greatest Reggae festival on earth.

I am proud to see the continuation over the years and the value that Reggae Sumfest has brought and continues to bring to Jamaica’s music industry.

Before Reggae Sumfest, there was Reggae Sunsplash and I want to pay tribute to those who gave of their time and effort to make it a reality.  That event gave birth to a large number of festivals around the world including Rottotom Sunsplash, Reggae on the River and numerous others across all continents.

So it is time again to experience “Our Music” right here at home. Reggae Sumfest 2018 in Montego Bay!

I have so many fond memories of this festival since its beginning in 1993.  I applaud the work of the production teams past and present and I commend the vision of Joe Bogdanovich.  He has moved Reggae Sumfest further into the technological sphere while keeping it authentically Jamaican.

Personally, I am looking forward to the “World Sound Clash” event on Thursday, July 19 featuring Tony Matterhorn, Mighty Crown, Pink Panther and Ricky Trooper.

The Street Dance on Monday, July 16 on the Hip Street also taps into our authentic Jamaican culture which so many visitors crave and travel to experience each year.

The Breakfast Party fits into an evolving 24-hour party vibe that is becoming quite popular in our entertainment landscape.

The best artistes in Reggae and dancehall will be on show come July 21 and 22.  Based on the line-up, this may be one of the best years of Reggae Sumfest.

This evening, I also want to speak to you a little about the importance of sustaining festivals such as Reggae Sumfest that highlight Jamaican music and culture.  We know for a fact that worldwide it is the Culture and Creative Industries that are leading the growth of the economies of many countries.

In addition, within the creative industries, it is the festivals, and what is now dubbed “the Festival Economy” that are providing economic sustainability across the world.

I am determined that our festivals, particularly our music festivals, will play a significant role in building the economy.  So many people benefit from our music festivals — from the big executives, to event planners, to production teams, to artistes and performers, to vendors, to the peanut man, to the dressmakers, to taxi operators.

There is space for everyone to earn in the festival economy.

On June 13, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will partner with the British Council and the JCDC to host an all-day seminar and workshop called “Festival X”, to equip our festival organisers with the information, technical support and seed funding to ensure that we “up di ting” in professionalism and creating unforgettable experiences.

In applauding the Reggae Sumfest Team, I wish to pay tribute to Robert Russell for his commitment to Reggae Sumfest, working along with Joe who has put his money were his mouth is.

My Ministry is working to unearth and develop creative talent and business capacity towards building the festival economy and delivering prosperity to our people.

 

Congratulations again and I anticipate another wonderful staging of the greatest Reggae show on earth — Our Music, Our Festival.

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Patoranking: Taking Jamaica by storm ON JULY 29, 2017

By BENJAMIN NJOKU

Saturday, July 22, would remain significant in the annals of history, not because it was the day  the  biggest reggae festival in the world- the Reggae Sumfest shut down Jamaica. But importantly,the day Nigerian dancehall star, Patoranking broke the record as  the first African artiste to perform at the festival. The ‘My Woman, My Everything’,  singer took to his Instagram page to express his happiness. He  said  his unborn children would one day learn about his legacies as the first African artistes to perform at the reggae festival. ‘My kids will be taught in school how their father was the first African artiste to perform at the biggest reggae festival in the world. If you believe it you can achieve it…I pray for  my colleagues/African artistes to experience the same  open doors.’ ‘I may never have come this far if I don’t have doubting Thomas dem/haters but please don’t stop doubting or hating I really need more of that.  Am already in 2018 and my New video just dropped….Welcome to my World,’ he wrote.

Patoranking Expressing further excitement, Patoranking, who performed alongside Jamaican great reggae stars such as Alkaline, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Dexta Daps, Spice, and Tommy Lee Sparta at the historic festival, narrated how he sang ‘Alubarika’, the song  that changed his life to over 20,000 people in Jamaica. Sharing his excitement with Jamaican Splash, in an interview, 27-year-old, Patoranking whose  real names are Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, said:

  ‘I can’t find the words to accurately express how I feel… it’s a dream come true for me, a really big deal. But first and foremost, this one will go down in the history books and this is something I will tell my kids — that I was the first African artiste to perform on the Reggae Sumfest stage in Jamaica. I am so happy to be here in a country I have dreamed about so much, sharing in this vibrant culture and learning more about these beautiful people.”

Patoranking couldn’t wait to excite Jamaican audience with his electrifying performance. His hit My Woman, My Everything, has truly earned him a legion of fans in Jamaica, with his recognisable dancehall flavour on top of a undeniable Afrobeat rhythm.

“I have always wanted to be the voice of the voiceless. So my music and lyrics must always say something for those who can’t speak for whatever reason. With My Woman, My Everything, I strongly believe there is someone… a taximan, a bus driver and conductor, who needs the words to express himself to the woman in his life, and this is the perfect track. I have to give big respect to Wande Coal who collaborated with me on that track and provided such a great hook. For Jamaicans to know and love my track is just another amazing thing for me. I grew up on reggae and dancehall music. I knew them before I knew about hip hop. I knew of Jamaica before so many other countries in the world. So for my music to be available to Jamaicans is just another moment for me.”

Patoranking’s  hit song ‘My Woman, My Everything’, reportedly has earned him a legion of fans in Jamaica, with his recognizable dancehall flavour on top of a undeniable Afrobeat rhythm. “I have always wanted to be the voice of the voiceless. So my music and lyrics must always say something for those who can’t speak for whatever reason. With My Woman, My Everything, I strongly believe there is someone… a taxi man, a bus driver and conductor, who needs the words to express himself to the woman in his life, and this is the perfect track. I have to give big respect to Wande Coal who collaborated with me on that track and provided such a great hook. For Jamaicans to know and love my track is just another amazing thing for me. I grew up on reggae and dancehall music. I knew them before I knew about hip hop. I knew of Jamaica before so many other countries in the world. So for my music to be available to Jamaicans is just another moment for me,” he said.

Since the first edition of the festival in 1993, Reggae Sumfest, “the biggest concert festival in Jamaica”, has attracted top artists in the genre including Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Damian and Stephen Marley and others. Pop acts 50 Cent, Usher and Rihanna have also performed at the festival. Patoranking, who took the Nigerian music scene by storm in 2015, with his hit ‘ Alubarika’ has continued to be a force to reckon with, in African music scene. He is a judge on the singing talent show The Voice Nigeria.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/patoranking-taking-jamaica-storm/