018’s Sumfest’s Reggae Night on Saturday, July 21, 2018 featured a stellar line up of artistes that did not disappoint the thousands of fans present at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. Among those who graced the stage were Naomi Cowan, Keznamdi, Hawaiian reggae artiste J Boog, Fantan Mojah, Jesse Royal and Maxi Priest who graced the stage and brought the audience down memory lane, delivering a full set of his repertoire.
Fresh off his European tour and celebrating his earthstrong, Jr. Gong delivered a solid performance doing several songs of his Stony Hill album before closing with his anthem Welcome to Jamrock. To the delight of the audience, he was joined on stage by his son Elijah who dedicated his version of Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called to Say I Love you to his dad for his birthday. Beres Hammond, who received his Lifetime Award two nights prior was his usual exceptional self-delivering hit at after hit. During his set that lasted over an hour and a half, the crowd could be heard screaming and singing along to the ever popular songs including Full Attention, Double Trouble and Can You Play Some More. He invited Beenie Man to join him on stage for a cameo appearance during which he the Doctor made up some impromptu lyrics with his usual catchy phrases.
One of the best dancers in the industry; Cham with his all-female band and his lovely dancers gave the audience all the hits he is known for. The show which ended in the wee hours of the morning was closed by the fireman Capleton. Die-hard fans who remained to the end were treated to his lively and energetic performance.
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By Steve James for United Reggae — August 6th, 2018
Some of the biggest dancehall entertainers in the business turned out for this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest 2018 Dancehall Night which was held at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay on July 20, 2018. The show started promptly at 7pm. The audience were treated to performances by new Ghanaian sensation Stonebwoy. On the heels of his upcoming album Hope River and though he came on early in the lineup, Sasco delivered a commanding performance. Bounty Killer delivered his usual high energy performance with his stinging social commentary. The audience went wild and stayed with him throughout his set. Spice who was fully decked in her Wakanda inspired outfit also delivered a very entertaining perfromance. Great performances were also done by Sizzla, I Octane, Ding Dong and Ravers Clavers. Aidonia and Masicka were among the other acts that performed.
There was no question that each artiste who performed came to deliver in their best, and that they did. Popcaan who performed in the early hours of Saturday morning was joined on stage by Dre Island to sing their hit single, We Pray. Dancehall night was fittingly closed with a ‘Mobay Tribute’ which included Rygin King, Teejay & Tommy Lee Sparta.
Among those who were awarded was singer songwriter Bob Andy whose songs have been covered by over sixty different artistes. Copeland Forbes was recognized as the longest serving manager in the music industry and one who has influenced the careers of artiste such as Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru and Peter Tosh during his forty years in the business.
Chronixx was befittingly named Reggae Sumfest’s Rising Star, which is an award bestowed to an artiste under 30 years old who “shows dedication and motivation who has performed at Reggae Sumfest at least once“.
The Golden Pen Award was presented to journalist Pat Meschino of Billboard magazine who has consistently advocated for reggae music for more than 22 years and has written some of the most memorable articles on Jamaican music.
In addition three Jamaican media practitioners, Marlon Tingling, Alan Lewin and Winford Williams, were given special awards for their support of the music festival since its inception.
Rhythm twins Sly & Robbie who were unavoidable absent were awarded as two outstanding talent to emerge out of Jamaica during the past forty years.
The Doctor, Beenie Man was awarded as Sumfest legend and Hermine Shaw was also for “putting the food in the festival” for the past twenty five years.
Check these photos of the event.