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Looks like someone threw a birthday party and a clash broke out! Check out this entertaining exchange between Dancehall giants Sizzla and Ninjaman at Lutan Fire’s birthday bash. Also appearing in the video are DSR veteran Harry Toddler, Specialist, Don Husky, Naazir and others.
Via/ The Jamaica Star
Downsound Records (DSR) has made two major announcements intended to spice up the Jamaican Christmas season this year, musically.
Josef Bogdonavich, the label’s CEO, announced recently on entertainment programs ER and E Prime a $3-million winner-takes-all lyrical clash at Sting, which is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.
Ninja Man, also a contender, will have the duffle bag of cash live on stage to hand over to the winner.
The much-touted event, set for Jamworld Entertainment Complex, Portmore, St Catherine on December 26, will feature international artiste 2 Chainz, dancehall legend Super Cat and current icons including Beenie Man and Mavado.
Bogdonavich, via his company, officially became a full-time partner of Sting, with founder Isaiah Laing last year, after a few years behind the scenes.
The event is dubbed as ‘The greatest one-night show on Earth’.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, which has never happened in the event’s 30-year history, DSR has released a commemorative single, Downsound Christmas, which features label artistes Ninja Man, Ishawna, Harry Toddler, Don Husky and Naazir.
The track was produced by Bagdonavich and Scatta Burrell and will be marketed by DSR’s marketing arm, Contractor Music.
“The song is already generating interests,” said marketing director Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards.
The label has enjoyed a number of successful collaborations, namely Ishawna and Specialist’s Do For Love andDweet, featuring Ninja Man and Specialist.
Ninja Man was recently victorious in a sound clash against popular radio disc jock GT Taylor at the Irie FM street dance. Ishawna was also engaged in a sound clash at Famous Nightclub for the STAR‘s All-Star Face Off.
Naazir and Don Husky continue to work hard in studio and are set to release new tracks.
The entire Downsound Records clique, which includes reggae sensation Nature, will perform at Sting.
With all the preparations for the festive season and Sting 2013 in high gear, DSR music production is also running hot. Check out this quickly rising track featuring the combined efforts of DSR’s production head Skatta Burrell and Don Husky in a remake of the Springsteen classic aptly titled ‘Streets of Jamaica.’
Don Husky will also be appearing on the Sting 2013 staging. Expect big things from this exciting new artist.
Via/ The Jamaica Gleaner
Josef Bogdanovich is a full partner in the staging of Sting, the greatest one-night show on earth. He is the man behind the Sting pay-per-view deal and is committed to Brand Jamaica.
In his tenure in Jamaica, he has signed Nuff Nuff, which transformed into Scare Dem Crew; he has also signed Lukie D, Nanko, D.Y.C.R., Ninja Man and others. Joe has toured with Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul and others. But who is this man that has aligned himself to the music and is so heavily invested in it?
Joe hails from California and holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University in business and a master’s in film from the California Institute of the Arts. He ran an information management company in the ’90s based in New York City, and was a trader of commodities on the New York stock exchange.
In 1992, he started the ACID JAZZ record company in California, zeroing in on dance music, and then Downsound records in Los Angeles a year later. The committed-to-music businessman had an artiste called ‘Dread Flinstone’ on the label, who introduced him to reggae and dancehall. ‘Dread’s’ song From the Ghetto went No. 1 on the billboard pop chart and Joe was sold on Jamaican music. That’s when he made the move to Jamaica.
The Bogdanovich family (along with family friends Gary Perkins and Sepp Donahower) were pivotal partners in three of the most important concert companies on the west coast, and perhaps the United States. During the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s that helped shape the modern music and concert business and also had one of the largest touring sound companies in the world all through the ’70s. Music is in his blood.
The family’s sound company, Tycobrahe, did global tours with virtually every major star in rock during the ’70s. Another company the family owned, Pacific Presentations, was the prime promoter chosen personally by Bob Marley & The Wailers to produce their concerts beginning in the early ’70s, and the third company, Avalon Attractions, filmed the famous Bob Marley & The Wailers Concert from the beautiful Santa Barbara County Bowl.
Pacific Presentations was instrumental in producing and staging California Jam in 1974, which set the record for highest paid attendance at an event at the time, estimated at 250,000.
Those three concert companies produced thousands of concerts, festivals, and tours involving artistes like The Grateful Dead, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin/Big Brother & The Holding Company, BB King, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Kiss, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Sly & The Family Stone, Parliament/Funkadelic, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Ojay’s, Ozzie Osbourne, Metallica, Jimmy Cliff, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, The Band, Bob Marley & The Wailers, and hundreds of others.
Josef Bogdanovich has taken a business decision that reggae and dancehall are the biggest music brands in Jamaica. He describes dancehall as hormonal, sensual, virile yet basic, reflecting the masses, and he plans to help evolve it into an international driving force.
He posits that everyone is a fan of Sting, admitted or not. Joe believes that Isaiah Laing and his Sting board are challenging, maverick, independent and committed.
He believes in dancehall and knows the only way to make money is to expand the audience base; hence he has made the major move to pay-per-view.
For this year’s event, AOIM is the international and national multiplatform distribution partner.
Bogdanovich says “People talk about Jamaican music and lifestyle as a vehicle for tourism. Sting is the hottest vehicle for reaching this market. Sting reaches out and supports real people.”
This Sting 30th is distributed via cable and satellite and will reach nearly 90 million households in the United States, and various commercial locations such as venues and bars worldwide.
The events are made available in the United States by the cable system, which takes the feed from a pay-per-view network like IN DEMAND or Direct TV, Comcast or Vubiquity.
Distribution will also take place through ITV in Europe and America, an even larger network.
Via/ The Jamaica Star
After 29 years, the greatest one-night reggae and dancehall show on Earth, Sting, has attracted hundreds of talented artistes to its stage along with millions of viewers and numerous corporate sponsors.
Fast-forward to the 30th staging of this, the most anticipated stage show on the reggae-dancehall calendar, has now been now boosted with the return of Magnum Tonic Wine to fuel Sting 30.
Strategic adviser to the Sting 30 Board, Howard McIntosh, says this partnership is vital for the survival of the show. “Corporate partnership is the life and blood of the event. It is what makes the engine roll. Required partnerships and support are necessary to making the event and industry survive. The show suffered over the past two years without strategic partners as a partnership allows us to leverage the possibilities that the brand brings,” McIntosh said.
“This year, Magnum Tonic Wine has demonstrated its support for Jamaican culture by coming on-board as the presenting sponsor for Sting 30. Magnum is a perfect partner, and we are happy to have them back. Magnum was on-board for our 20th staging, and we are all elated that they are back with us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and are looking forward to a continued partnership for many years to come.”
Over the last 11 years, Magnum Tonic Wine invested significantly in Jamaican culture with partnerships such as Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall, Magnum Containa Satdaz, The Star’s Magnum All-Star Face-Off and their regular Magnum roadshows, which all promote the Dancehall art form.
Marketing Director, Wines & Spirits at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Gary Dixon, explained why Magnum Tonic Wine decided to partner with Sting 30. “Sting is a boss show and Magnum is a boss drink, so this partnership makes sense. Magnum is deeply associated with true and authentic Jamaican culture, and Sting embodies that culture and gives it a stage for the world to see,” he said.
“We are working with Supreme Promotions and Downsound Records to ensure that Sting 30 is a responsible event, and as such, all patrons and artistes are expected to be on their best behaviour. The organisers will be implementing all the necessary plans and procedures so that all our patrons will enjoy dancehall in a clean, responsible, and safe environment.”
For 2013, Magnum Tonic Wine will be presenting American rapper 2 Chainz, Gully Gad Movado, and the much anticipated return of Dan Dadda Super Cat.
Magnum will also be doing several Sting 30 ticket giveaways on radio and through social media. Magnum advises Twitter fans to follow the buzz with #MagnumStings for news, prizes, and giveaways.
The 30th staging of the greatest one-night reggae/dancehall show on Earth has added immense value to its product by making this authentic cultural experience available to millions around the globe via pay-per view. This revitalised venture has not only reattracted corporate sponsors like Magnum Tonic Wine, but has also brought on-board a most valuable asset in the Jamaica Tourist Board, which believes that Sting is a critical event to Jamaica’s tourism.
The excitement builds around the December 26 event with a stellar line-up featuring 2 Chainz, Super Cat, Movado, Ninja Man, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Sizzla, Kiprich, and many more of the hottest reggae and dancehall acts.
Here’s one of the few chances to catch DSR wunderkid Nature before his appearance on the Greatest one Night Reggae show on Earth. If you’ve never seen Nature live, you’ve missed half the story, so mark the date – December 7 , 2013 @ 20 Burlington Ave., Kingston.
Via/ The Jamaica Gleaner
Major Mackerel is adamant that he’s “coming back”.
Once a staple in the 1980s with hits such as Pretty Looks Done and Dutty Bundle, he is determined that he will find his place in the current state of dancehall.
“I was absent from Jamaica for a while. But now I’m back and slowly but surely getting back into the groove of things. The industry has changed a lot since those days, but I believe I can still do it. The style of music and the riddims have changed, but still it’s nothing that I can’t do,” he said.
The entertainer has several shows for the Christmas season, among them the popular Sting stage show. A special treat is planned for that occasion.
“I’m putting in the work right now so you’ll see me at the shows. And you’ll be hearing the new music that we’re working on right now. They’re of good quality and style, so just look and listen out for Major Mackerel,” he shared.
The veteran dancehall deejay has landed in the spotlight in recent times.
He attributes this to the use of his dubplates in The Magnum All-StarCelebrity Face Off.
In previous clashes, KipRich and Damion Crawford solicited the use of Major Mackerel dubplates which were instrumental in giving them the edge over their opponents.
“The dubs I did for them to use in the clashes are earning me a lot of calls, both for dubplates and for shows. I guess people are either at the event and hear dem or dem hear about how the dubs kill dem ova deh! This is giving me a lot of attention. Things are really looking good!” he said.
Via/ The Jamaica Gleaner
What is the fascination with Sting? What leads the industry to be entirely caught up with it?
It’s the only show that top-ranked entertainers announce that they are not going to perform on: “me naw wuk a nuh sting dis year!” “Laing cyan nuh bodda call me!”. “Heavy betta nuh ring me phone”.
Similar lines have been heard from the likes of Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and others. Normally, if an artiste won’t be on a show, neither he nor the promoter announces that. The intrigue continues with the fact that many times when the entertainers announce that they will not work at Sting, they end up on stage performing on December 26 anyway.
What is the fascination with Sting that Mr Vegas would turn down working in Dubai to stay in Jamaica and even invite a clash with the ‘warlord’ for the event?
What is the fascination with Sting that after 11 years, this is where Super Cat has chosen to return to perform in Jamaica?
Carimac 2013 graduate Laroune Francis thinks a part of the fascination is that Ninja Man turned in a Glock to SSP Reneto Adams live on stage at Sting 2002. Sting is spontaneous, you just don’t know what to expect; it is exciting. Ninja’s move at Sting allowed the Jamaican authorities to order an amnesty to get illegal guns off the streets – a social response directly related to an embattled stage show.
Sting promoter, ex-cop Isaiah Laing, who is himself credited with bringing in close to 500 illegal guns off the street, spoke to the fact that the artistes can implore the gunmen to take in the guns.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment Damian Crawford says the fascination is “that’s where we decide who will be the dancehall King for the year to come, and out of the new comers, who will be the prince.” Crawford says Jamaicans thrive on individual competition.
Headline Entertainment CEO Jerome Hamilton speaks to the fascination with Sting being more than folklore, but cultural. Hamilton says that sting is not just a calendar event, but also a benchmark, an indicator of what is happening in the industry, and the effects of it last throughout the year, resonating throughout the reggae dancehall world.
What’s the fascination with Sting that a Caucasian-American comes to Jamaica and within five years becomes a silent partner of the event, and within another five years becomes a full-fledged partner with Supreme Promotions in the staging of the greatest one night reggae dancehall show on earth?
Downsound Records’ Josef Bogdanovich has taken a business decision that dancehall is the biggest music brand in Jamaica. He posits that everyone is a fan of Sting, admitted or not. He believes that Laing and his Sting board are challenging, maverick, independent and committed. He believes in Dancehall and knows that the only way you can make money is to expand your audience base. Hence, he has made a major move to Pay-Per-View for dancehall, for brand Jamaica and for Sting.
The Jamaica Tourist Board JTB is in tune with the fascination, relevance and magnitude of it, and has endorsed the 30th staging of the event. One thing is sure, Jamaica has a fascination with Sting.
For immediate Release: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Brimming with the who’s who of New York, International Media and entertainers, last night’s Sting 30th anniversary “Bring the Sting” Launch held at the Griffin in Manhattan was a hit!!
There were bright lights and pull-up banners outside the venue, security was tight; the evening ran on time, Diva Nikki Z handled the Red Carpet. Linkage Radio broadcasted the entire event live to the Tri-State-area. There was food, dancing, networking and excitement. Sting Director’s Junior ‘Heavy D’ Fraser and Howard ‘Big Mac’ McIntosh were on spot, catering to the room full of Sting fans. The Supreme team was out in full effect.
Among the persons who spoke at the event were Sophia Bernard from Magnum, who detailed alignment with the 30 year-old event and Marcia Stewart from the Jamaica Tourist Board, who fully endorsed the event. Dan Rush, president of AOIM, Sting’s marketing Company overseas spoke to the magnitude of the event for this years staging and his company’s involvement.
Sting Promoter DSR’s Josef Bogdanovich, further impressed the audience by expanding on the meaning of the pay-per-view deal and what 350 million eyes on dancehall means not only for Sting the event, but also for the Jamaican music industry and what the possibilities are financial and otherwise.
Joe’s presentation was both emotional and energetic as he expressed his passion for the music/Jamaica and paid homage to Laing and the team for achieving this milestone. He reiterated his commitment to take STING to the next level via Pay Per View, VOD and live streaming worldwide. He also implored everyone to be a part of this year’s event with a theatrical, high pitched, ‘mad man’ like end to his presentation like only Joe can do.
Below: Isaiah Laing & Josef Bogdanovich at Sting Launch in NYC – Nov. 19, 2013
The history of STING was read by actress Kiki Haynes of Tyler Perry’s ‘For better or worse’ fame. Isaiah Laing’s presentation was delivered in his usual calm and collected style and he had the media and patrons in full attention when he started out by telling them a few secrets to the success and longevity of STING. At the end of his presentation came the BIG surprise. Laing announced that his autobiography (Point Blank Range – A Jamaican Badman Police – The Isaiah Laing story) will be available online and via paperback in December 2013.
The excitement was fever pitched and ‘BIG Mac’ closed the formalities by bellowing ‘SELECTA RUN THE TRACK’. The musical engineering/juggling for the evening was crafted by none other than renowned DJs Jabba and Bobby Konders from New York’s Massive B sound.
‘Point Blank Range’ will be available at Jamworld when we ‘Bring the Sting’ and celebrate 30 years of the Greatest One night Reggae Dancehall Show on Earth this year.
Also available at the Sting Venue this year will be the Collectors Edition Sting Magazine and the 30th Anniversary memorabilia. The Trailer for the Sting Documentary also hits the streets this December!! The Jamaica Launch rolls out next week… wishing safe travel for the Supreme Team on their way home right now and those still in NYC.
EVERYTHING IS STING for Dec. 2013!!!!
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