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JTB Endorses Sumfest’s Direction

“This is the home of reggae. The emphasis on international performance was diluting the reggae aspect of the show somewhat,” said Paul Pennicook, director of tourism, after signing the Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) endorsement of Reggae Sumfest yesterday. “We believe very strongly in promoting the music because the music is one of those things that […]

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Bogdanovich plans to deliver

It is six weeks to this year’s staging of music festival Reggae Sumfest, set for July 17 through 23, in Montego Bay, St James. And its head honcho Josef Bogdanovich said plans are “well advanced”. “The line-up is complete, contracts for PR (public relations)are finalised and now being executed. Marketing people are doing their job. […]

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Grange Endorses New Focus For Reggae Sumfest 2016

Culture and Entertainment Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has endorsed the new focus for Reggae Sumfest which will this year showcase Jamaica’s roots, rock and reggae artistes. As a result, there will be no international night featuring foreign artistes. “This new direction of Sumfest – promoting new, emerging and established Jamaican artistes – on a state […]

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Sumfest Announces Reggae Night Headliners – Levy, Tarrus And Sanchez Perform Saturday, July 23

Barrington Levy, Sanchez and Tarrus Riley are leading the charge for Reggae Night of The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth, Reggae Sumfest on Saturday, July 23, at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, St James. Also on the line-up are Busy Signal, Christopher Martin and Nature. Under the theme ‘Our Music, Our Festival’, the […]

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Sumfest To Publicise Concert Schedule

Trimming the number of main stage nights from three to two and not having an overseas act are not the only changes for Reggae Sumfest under its new ownership structure. Robert Russell, vice-chairman and co-producer of the festival, told The Gleaner that for the first time, a performance schedule will be publicised ahead of the […]

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Sumfest Wants JUTC On Reggae Ride – Festival Pursuing Islandwide Transportation To Festival

In Jamaican popular music parlance, to ‘buss’ means that an entertainer has achieved a significant level of hopefully sustainable popularity, enabling them to earn well from their craft. One of the markers of this standing is appearing on a major event such as Reggae Sumfest, the annual festival held in Montego Bay, St James. For […]

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Letter Of The Day | Good Move To Bring Back Reggae Into Sumfest

THE EDITOR, Sir: Josef Bogdanovich, the new owner of the Reggae Sumfest Festival that is held in Montego Bay in July annually, recently announced that there would be changes to the annual festival. One such change is that there will be no international night and acts for this year’s staging, with the festival being scaled […]

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No Melody, No Moolah! Seaga Underscores Problems With Dancehall Music

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga cannot whistle the melodies or dance to current Jamaican dancehall music which, to him, highlights a problem with its monetisation. So when foreign “impersonators” learn the craft they can better earn from it, he reasoned in his address at the third annual Joan Duncan Memorial Lecture at the University of […]

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Sumfest Shifts Gear

REGGAE Sumfest’s live performances will be scaled down from three nights to two, according to Josef Bagdonovich — new chairman of Summerfest Promotions — organisers of the event. “This will help to re-engerise the event,” he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. “Sumfest is a great Jamaican brand promoting dancehall and reggae. I have a lot […]

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Joe Bogdanovich acquires Reggae Sumfest

CEO of DownSound Record (DSR), Joe Bogdanovich has acquired ownership to popular music festival, Reggae Sumfest. According to reports, the acquisition took place three weeks ago. DSR will be working closely with previous principals Johnny Gourzong, Robert Russell and Tina Davis who have developed the brand for 25 years for the 2016 staging of the […]

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