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I-Octane and Mr. Vegas feud over who should close Sumfest

I-Octane 2014I-OcAfter headlining Dancehall Night at the 2013 edition of Reggae Sumfest, Dancehall/Reggae star, I-Octane has declined an offer by show organizers to close the show again this year, instead calling on Mr. Vegas, who questioned Sumfest’s selection of Octane as the closing act last year, to finish the show.

After it was announced I-Octane was closing Dancehall Night at last year’s show, Mr. Vegas became increasingly vocal about the Sumfest lineup, openly questioning the show’s promotion of the singjay as the closing act, while criticizing his open campaigning for the closing spot. He also questioned why young Reggae sensation,Chronixx performed on International Night 2, suggesting he would have been a better fit for Dancehall Night because hardcore Dancehall fans were a big part of his following.

I-Octane, currently on an extended U.S. tour, initially acceptedSummerfest Productions head, Johnny Gourzong’s invitation for the entertainer to close Dancehall Night for the second year running. However, he changed his mind after being told Mr. Vegas was also on the bill and has challenged him to close the show instead.

Mr. Vegas responded to I-Octane’s comments following a show in Colombia, saying Octane should again finish Dancehall Night given he considers himself the ‘King of Dancehall. However, Vegas warned Octane that he should think more long term with his career goals.

Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014 will take place on July 17. Reggae Sumfest 2014 is scheduled for July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

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Reggae Sumfest organizers consider moving up show in future

Reggae SumfestWith the 21st edition of Reggae Sumfest set to kick off in Montego Bay in just over two weeks, organizers of the popular event are thinking about holding it earlier to avoid competing with the growing number of summer festivals in Europe.

At the official launch for Reggae Sumfest 2013, which took place on Tuesday at the Macau’s Restaurant and Bar in St. Andrew, the show’s lead organizer, Johnny Gourzong hinted at a possible shift in the schedule for the event.

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Flo Rida to headline International Night 1 at Reggae Sumfest

Flo RidaInternational hip-hop sensation, Flo Rida has become the latest headliner to be added to this year’s Reggae Sumfest lineup as the popular American musician will feature on International Night 1 of the event, according to an announcement Wednesday.

Summerfest Productions, the organizers of Reggae Sumfest insist Flo Rida was a fitting choice for their event given his growing number of hit songs.

“Flo Rida is a great complement to this year’s show, he has done very well over the past few years with a lot of internationally recognized hit,” said Johnny Gourzong. “We are really glad to have him on the show; he will be bringing the full experience to the festival, full band, dancers and everything, so it’s a big, full show on International Night 1.”

Flo Rida first emerged on the music scene in 2007 with his Billboard chart-topping hit, Low (feat. T-Pain). This was the standout song on his successful debut album, Mail On Sunday, which featured collaborations with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, will. i. am, Trey Songz, Timbaland and Sean Kingston amongst others.

After releasing two more studio albums, R.O.O.T.S and Only One Flo (Part 1), the Miami-born rapper elevated his stock with his fourth album, Wild Ones, which saw him release hits such as Whistle and Good Feeling, which featured a sample of the late Etta James’ classic, Something’s Got a Hold on Me. Whistle topped charts in 20 countries while Good Feeling peaked at number three in the U.S. while topping the charts in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria.

Flo Rida will be making his first trip to Jamaica come Reggae Sumfest and says he is looking forward to it.

“Over the last few years, I’ve been everywhere – Africa, Japan, Greece, South America, Russia, the Middle East, Australia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia; but never to Jamaica. I am excited,” he said in a statement.

Flo Rida joins Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter, Miguel as the headline overseas acts slated to perform at the 21st edition of Reggae Sumfest, which takes place at the Catherin Hall Entertainment Complex in St. Catherine from July 21-27. Here’s the full Reggae Sumfest lineup so far.

Dancehall Night (July 25): Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, I-Octane, Popcaan, RDX, Kiprich, Tifa, Spice, Aidonia, Macka Diamond, Tommy Lee Sparta, Danielle aka D.I. Bugle, Baby Tash, Blade Scheemaz and QQ.

International Night 1 (July 26): Flo Rida, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Droop Lion, Nature, Iba Mahr and British singer, Kiarah Dubwah.

International Night 2 (July 27): Miguel, Damian Marley, Chronixx, No Maddz and Romain Virgo.


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Miguel, Chronixx confirmed for final night of Reggae Sumfest 2013

MiguelTwo of the music world’s emerging superstars will be thrust into the spotlight at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay as American R&B singer, Miguel and Reggae sensation, Chronixx will headline International Night 2 of Reggae Sumfest 2013.

Miguel, whose hit single Adorn won this year’s Grammy Award for Best R&B Song will make his maiden trip to Jamaica for the show. Adorn, a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye’s classic single, Sexual Healing topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was the feature track on his successful sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream, released last September.

Also known for hits such as Sure Thing, Where’s The Fun In Forever and Do You, Miguel has been associated with Jamaican music before as Dancehall superstar, Konshens remixed his Adorn single last summer.

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I-Octane recovering in hospital following asthma attack

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, I-Octane is recuperating in a Kingston-based hospital after falling ill last week.

A member of I-Octane’s team revealed on Monday that the prominent singjay suffered an asthma attack on Thursday night. According to reports, he was taken to hospital where he’s currently being treated by his physician.

Doctors expect I-Octane to make a full recovery from this attack but have advised him to rest until further reassessments are made.

Given his current health situation, I-Octane will be unable to honor some of his upcoming commitments but hopes to recover as soon as possible so that he can perform for his fans once more.

I-Octane last performed on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2012 in which he gave a typically rousing set. Additionally, he’s released efforts in July such as Bun It & Laugh, Get Weh Mi Want (Mad Panerama Riddim) and Woman Mi Love (Sounique Riddim).

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Ninja Man calls out Beenie Man for Shabba comments


A squabble has erupted amongst some of Dancehall’s patriarchs after recent comments made by Beenie Man in the wake of Shabba Ranks’ return to Jamaica.

Shabba Ranks returned to the island following an 11 year absence and was arguably the most dominant performer when he graced the Reggae Sumfest stage in Montego Bay for the first time since 1994. Shabba received a warm welcome from fans and industry players on his arrival; from being swarmed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to hanging out on the town with fellow artistes such as Aidonia and Ishawna before finally receiving his due honors following an epic Sumfest performance.

But not everybody was go-hung about Shabba’s return as fellow Dancehall legend, Beenie Man made some intriguing comments about Dancehall’s ‘Emperor’ as well as his place amongst Dancehall folklore.

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Lady Saw, Konshens highlight successful Dancehall night at Sumfest

Featuring one of the most star-studded lineup’s in its 20 year history, Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest lived up to expectation on Thursday night as several of the genre’s shining stars shone brightly during the highly acclaimed stage show.

The Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay witnessed a great turnout as patrons were treated to several energetic performances and a few surprises along the way. Some of those surprises weren’t just musical but also in terms of fashion as artistes such as Tifa, Spice and Elephant Man brought unique senses of style to the Sumfest stage.

All three aforementioned artistes brought their A games to Reggae Sumfest’s 20th showing with reputable sets while Stacious showed her on-stage maturity accompanied by a sexy flare and style to her performance and Potential Kidd also hanging tough on his biggest stage show yet.

Rising Reggae sensation, Romain Virgo validated his growing status as one of the genre’s most promising superstars as he performed some of his smash hits that have resonated well with fans including I Know Better and System. Additionally, Kiprich received mass approval from the music lovers on hand, even holding his own again when a fluffy girl tested his strength and dancing skills on stage while Magnum Kings and Queens alumni, Baby Tash and Specialist looked and sang the part, showing no nerves on Jamaican music’s grandest stage.

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Trey Songz and Shabba’s return cap electrifying International Night at Sumfest

Following a Dancehall Night that’s been hailed as the best ever by industry observers, Reggae Sumfest upped the ante with a wholly captivating International Night for the ages.

On Friday night, a great sense of anticipation filled the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex as fans craved the return of American R&B sensation, Trey Songz to Jamaican soil as well as the homecoming of Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks after an 11 year absence from the local scene. That anticipation turned to delight as fans in Montego Bay got to witness stellar performances from both artistes as well as a slew of other acts that graced the Sumfest stage in the early hours of Saturday morning.

International Night featured prominent young and veteran acts that made strong impressions on Reggae Sumfest. One such artiste was Downsound Records artiste, Nature, who validated his rising status within Reggae music with a powerful and energetic set that included delivering his breakthrough hit, World Peace.

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Shabba Ranks to be honored at Reggae Sumfest

Just under 48 hours from now, Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks will appear on a Jamaican stage show for the first time in 11 years and organizers of Reggae Sumfest look to ensure that his return will be memorable.

Shabba Ranks arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday, where he was ceremoniously greeted by family, friends several fans who’ve long-awaited his return to Jamaica. Additionally, the iconic deejay visited his native neighborhood of Olympic Gardens where he bonded with fans and has since toured Kingston, with pictures emerging in the last two of Shabba Ranks alongside vaunted Dancehall superstar, Aidonia as well as prominent Alliance diva, Ishawna.

Now, as Shabba prepares to perform on the first of two International nights at Reggae Sumfest on Friday night, the self-professed Emperor of Dancehall music will be recognized by organizers of the stage show for his long-standing contributions to Jamaican music when he takes the stage at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Shabba Ranks has etched his name within Dancehall folklore since emerging in the late 1980s and subsequently dominating the music scene in the early 1990s with classics like Bedroom Bully, Trailer Load and Ting a Ling. Shabba hails as one of six Jamaican artistes to earn at least two Best Reggae Album Grammy awards and the only local entertainer to boast successive victories at music’s most celebrated awards show, winning for As Raw As Ever in 1992 and X-tra Naked the following year.

Citing artistes like Josey Wales and Yellow Man as some of his inspirations, Shabba Ranks has become a legend for his hardcore lyrical delivery and somewhat eccentric stage antics while later creating his own label, Emperor Ranks Entertainment. Having spent most of the last decade in Miami, Shabba Ranks promises to delight fans who’ve been craving to see him for so long.

Tonight, music lovers will witness ample star power as Dancehall Night takes center stage. Artistes such as Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Konshens, Tifa, Popcaan, I-Octane, Khago, Baby Tash and Montego Bay native, Tommy Lee will be some of the acts who will grace the Catherine Hall stage on Thursday night.

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Trey Songz promises stellar Sumfest performance

Internationally acclaimed R&B singing sensation, Trey Songz insists that his Jamaican fans should expect nothing but the best during his upcoming performance at Reggae Sumfest.

Trey Songz will headline the first of two international nights at the ongoing Reggae Sumfest event in Montego Bay this Friday. The award-winning singer, known for singles such as Heart Attack and Sex A’int Better Than Love will be making his second appearance in Jamaica for a stage show; his first since the summer of 2008 when he performed at Temple Hall Estate in St. Andrew.

His debut showing in Jamaica drew little fanfare, despite showcasing a bill that included Assassin, Leftside and Yung Joc. However, on his second go-around in the island, Trey Songz insists that locals will be treated to a more mature and entertaining performance when he graces the Catherine Hall stage.

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Toi & JahVinci Ignite Reggae Sumfest with Surprise Performance

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Reggae Pop sensation, Toi & top dancehall singjay, JahVinci, took the stage at the Aquasol Theme Park in Montego Bay, to entertain the masses at the 2012 Reggae Sumfest Beach Party. This traditional event marks the start of the 20th Anniversary of Reggae Sumfest.

Toi, who began her performing career two years ago in Miami, Fl, has been making steady strides in the music industry. This latest performance shows that she has grown into a confident artist who knows her way around the Stage. With a wealth of musical styles and a powerful expressive voice, Toi laid down a smashing performance.

“I did my thing and it was great, I loved it”, said Toi. “It’s been an amazing experience so far, and theres a lot more to expect from Toi. I want to thank the fans for supporting me and keeping me reaching for more”.

JahVinci, the former Portmore Empire member & singjay, with his Weaving lyrics and flawless flow had the crowd jumping with energy. Since parting with the Portmore empire, he has captivated many dancehall and reggae music lovers with his cultural outreach. Well known for singles such as “Watch Yuh Friends”, “Money”, and “Remedy”, JahVinci delivered solid entertainment.

As Reggae Sumfest moves forward in its 20th year, attendees can look forward to more action, more good music, and non-stop energy. With several major acts ready to grace the stage, one thing is sure, Reggae Sumfest 2012 is off to a real good start.


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Shabba returns to Jamaica for Sumfest, Mavado out of show

As Reggae Sumfest kicks into gear, one prominent Jamaican superstar receives a warm welcome back to the island while another won’t be heading back in time for the week-long stage show.

Multiple Grammy-winning Dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks has returned home for the first time since 2001 as he prepares to perform at the 20th edition of Reggae Sumfest this week in Montego Bay. The internationally acclaimed superstar, renowned for classics such as Bedroom Bully, Ting a Ling and Trailer Load arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday to a rousing welcome from his Jamaican fans who’ve long awaited his re-emergence on the local scene.

Perhaps the greatest evidence that Jamaicans still have love for Shabba Ranks was during a tour of his native Olympic Gardens as fans rushed a vehicle carrying the beloved deejay through the neighborhood.

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Shabba Ranks back on Reggae Sumfest stage

After nearly two decades away from the Reggae Sumfest stage, legendary Dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks will return to the event in this, its 20th edition.

Shabba Ranks will join the likes of Beenie Man, Damian Marley, Konshens, Popcaan, Tifa, I-Octane and several other local artistes who will represent the island at the 20th edition of Reggae Sumfest, set to take place from July 15-21 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. This marks the first appearance by Shabba Ranks since the event’s second staging in 1994.

Shabba Ranks will be headlining on International Night 1 along with internationally acclaimed R&B singer, Trey Songz, who was confirmed for Reggae Sumfest earlier this week.

Shabba Ranks remains a wholly respected figure in the music industry; renowned for several classics including Trailer Load, Twice My Age, Mr. Loverman, Bedroom Bully, Wicked Inna Bed and Ting a Ling. The highly regarded deejay won two Best Reggae Album Grammy Awards for As Raw As Ever in 1992 and X-Tra Naked the following year; making him one of six Jamaican artistes to earn such a distinction.

After disappearing from the mainstream scene in recent years, Shabba Ranks returned to prominence last year with the Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor produced None A Dem on the Peppa Riddim. He also recorded a sultry collaborative effort with popular Dancehall diva, Danielle aka D.I. entitled Big Man.

Additionally, Shabba Ranks performed at last year’s edition of Best of the Best in Miami, Florida and currently owns his own label dubbed Emperor Ranks Entertainment.

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Guinness to celebrate 50 of Dancehall’s greatest

One of Jamaica’s most recognized brands will be taking the initiative to honor 50 of Dancehall music’s greatest acts by creating an activity for fans and industry players to determine the genre’s most influential figures.

As a part of the island’s 50th Independence celebrations, Guinness will offer a platform where its consumers can choose who they think are the 50 greatest persons to ever grace Dancehall’s circles. According to Guinness brand manager, Racquel Nevins, the compilation will include several deejays, producers, disc jocks and sound system operators and represents those persons who have been instrumental building the Dancehall culture throughout its existence. The Guinness 50 Greatest Dancehall Icons activity will commence next months and will run up until Independence weekend (August 4-6).

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Mavado found guilty in assault case, plans to appeal

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, David Brooks, more popularly known as Mavado has been found guilty of two charges in relation to an assault case stemming from an incident in Montego Bay last year.

The highly regarded singjay was deemed guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious destruction of property when the case concluded on Monday morning inside the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates Court in St. James.

As a result, Mavado was sentenced to pay a JA$80,000 fine or face a six month prison term in relation to the assault charge and JA$20,000 or six months in prison with regards to the malicious destruction of property charge.

The charges are in relation to a July 2011 incident which took place less than a day after Mavado performed at Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall. Reportedly, Mavado and members of his entourage attacked a man, Henry Cunningham and his son, Oshane Cunningham in a moment of road rage. Both men sustained multiple injuries in the altercation and the vehicle in which they were travelling was reportedly damaged.

In reaction to the verdict, a seemingly perplexed Mavado questioned the judge’s ruling in the matter during a radio interview on IRIE FM Monday afternoon.

“Mi nuh understand how mi get a guilty verdict. Mi nuh do nutten, mi nuh come out a mi van and talk to nobody or any ting and furthermore, I don’t like how the judge deal with the situation because up to now I think that the judge don’t understand the whole case because him a she different ting so mi cyaah really understand,” he said.

The We The Best Music Group recording artiste insists that he plans to appeal the ruling as he continues to maintain his innocence.

“What happen, happen already and we jus’ a plan fi appeal right away and ting ‘cause mi nuh see how mi fi get a guilty verdict pon sommen weh mi nuh do…nutten nuh inna nutten seh mi come out a my vehicle and do anybody any ting.”



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New Artist Video: AYANI – Good Body Shape – DONJALYS Productions

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French Reggae-Dancehall deejay AYANI (born Yannick Jeanne) is from Guadeloupe . when he was twelve he fell in love with Jamaican music when he first listened to the Great foundation icons as Shabba Ranks, Cutty Ranks General degree Buju Banton & Bounty killer. He started a few years later as a selecta with his brother entertainning parties in several places in the west-indies. When he moved to Ft laudardale (MIA) for holydays he went to a Reggae sumfest and was totally hypnotized by how the artists was managing the crowd and decided to got his mind set on becoming a deejay so he started to learn and improve. He was strongly influenced by one of his icons Bounty killer, singing the warlord Hits during break at school for friends and familly. When he moves to Paris for the rest of his studies he began to write his own lyrics and to recorded songs with his cousin who was a sound engineer, then he introduced him to Don jalys production and they automatically started to work on a compilation called “SNIPER RIDDIM” released in 2006 then a couple of compilation followed also under the Don Jalys prod. like “NEVA DIE RIDDIM” “SWEET SUMMER RIDDIM” “G-I RIDDIM” he also worked on collaboration with others artists as Tony-c, Mad Killah, Murda, Mighty Kalimba, Bidji… More recently he has signed a single on “Don Jalys production” and another collaboration on a french production named “Onekyp record” mixed by D&H.

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Dancehall’s most energetic deejay Elephant Man is showing no signs of slowing  in 2011 this as he swept thousands of fans off their feet at the 2011 Uppsala Reggae Festival in Sweden with a historic performance last Saturday evening. The Energy God as he is affectionate called made his presents felt in Scandinavian territory as he shared the main stage with other local entertainers including Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and Ken Boothe.

Armed with a handful of enthused female dancers the “Pon Di River Pon Di Bank” deejay had the crowd screaming for more as he danced through his long catalog of hit singles. Elephant who is still enjoying rave reviews following his electrifying Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night performance and the unforgettable Captain America inspired suite designed by Romeich also took the stage at Fullyloaded days later on July 24th where he along with fellow entertainers Beenie Man, Capleton and Bounty Killer provide a power packed set to an early morning crowd.

Currently touring several countries in europe Elephant Man will continue to Helsinki Finland on August 10th and from there to Italy on August 13th.

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Konshens Begins European Tour

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Reggae artiste Konshens has landed on European soil. Coming off of a spectacular performance at this years Reggae SumFest, Dancehall Night, Konshens is ready to take his show on the road.

Being no stranger to that side of the world recording artist Konshens ventures into Europe and kicks off his tour on Aug 5 at the Reggae Jam Festival in Berensbruk. Konshens is scheduled to perform in over 17 cities and is ready to give his European fans a performance they will never forget.

“Being no stranger to Europe, its like I am going to my second home.  We are ready to give 110% every night and leave our heart on the stage for our fans. This time Darrio and I will be performing with our own band “the SubKonshus Band”. So all a we Linky dem a Europe just Represent”

While on tour the artist will also be promoting his upcoming first solo album, titled ‘Mental Maintenance’ to be released this year.

Tour Schedule:
5 – Berensbruk

6 – Massala, Italy
7 – Lisbon
11 – Lecce, Italy
12 – Catanzaro
14 – Montpellier, France
19 – Dusseldorf, Germany
20 – Rome, italy
25 – Israel
26 – Nova Gorica, Slovenia
27 – Stuttgart, Germany
30 – Vienna, Austria

1 – Berlin, Germany
2 – Dusseldorf, Germany

3 – Biel, Switzerland

9 – France

10 – Manheim, Germany

11 – Helsinki, Finland

16 – Spain

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Video: Mavado @ Reggae Sumfest

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Nicki Minaj, Jah Cure deliver on final night of Reggae Sumfest

Nicki Minaj performs for adoring fans at Reggae Sumfest 2011

Reggae Sumfest 2011 climaxed in the early hours of Sunday morning following a slew of performances on International Night 2 in Montego Bay.

Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj; the most anticipated headliner going into Reggae Sumfest, lived up to the hype by performing a strong, high-energy set. Dressed in fierce, tigress colors, Nicki delivered many of her hit songs including “Your Love,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Dungeon Dragon,” & “My Chick Bad.”

Minaj performed all of her songs uncensored, stirring up some controversy given Jamaica’s strict warnings for artistes not to use expletives during their sets.

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Dancehall Night delivers at Reggae Sumfest 2011

Mavado with a female fan on stage during his set at Reggae Sumfest 2011

Reggae Sumfest’s annual Dancehall night lived up to expectation following an energetic number of perfomances from some of Dancehall music’s biggest stars into the early hours of Friday morning in Montego Bay.

Up-and-comers such as Khago, who was greeted with fireworks upon his entrance as well as Zamunda & Chan Dizzy all gave energetic performances. Meanwhile, Dancehall mainstays such as Agent Sasco, Konshens & Elephant Man, who donned a “Captain America” inspired outfit during his set, gave fans lots to cheer about.

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Mento Music: The Jolly Boys

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Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska and reggae music. Mento typically features acoustic instruments, such as acoustic guitar, banjo, hand drums, and the rhumba box — a large mbira in the shape of a box that can be sat on while played. The rhumba box carries the bass part of the music.

Mento is often confused with calypso, a musical form from Trinidad and Tobago. Although the two share many similarities, they are separate and distinct musical forms. In part, the differences stem from the differing colonial histories of the two West Indian Islands, as Jamaican music lacks the Spanish influences found in other Caribbean musical styles.

Mento draws on musical traditions brought over by African slaves. The influence of European music is also strong, as slaves who could play musical instruments were often required to play music for their masters. They subsequently incorporated some elements of these traditions into their own folk music. The lyrics of mento songs often deal with aspects of everyday life in a light-hearted and humorous way. Many comment on poverty, poor housing and other social issues. Thinly-veiled sexual references and innuendo are also common themes. Although the treatment of such subjects in mento is comparatively innocent, their appearance has sometimes been seen as a precursor of the slackness found in modern dancehall.

Major 1950s mento recording artists include Louise Bennett, Count Lasher, Harold Richardson, Lord Flea, Lord Fly, Alerth Bedasse with Chin’s Calypso Sextet, Laurel Aitken, Denzil Laing, Lord Composer, Lord Lebby, Lord Power, Hubert Porter, and New Yorker of Jamaican origin Harry Belafonte, whose massive hit records in 1956-1958, including “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and “Jamaica Farewell” were really mento songs sold as calypso.

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Usher and Chris Brown confirmed for Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica

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Global superstars Usher and Chris Brown are set to headline Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest which takes place from 17th – 24th July 2010.

Reggae Sumfest is Jamaica’s largest annual music event, attracting around 50,000 people each summer, including thousands of overseas visitors. The event celebrates Jamaica’s musical heritage by showcasing the best of dancehall and reggae music, as well as bringing top R ‘n’ B and hip hop performers to the island.

Usher and Chris Brown will perform alongside other international and home-grown artists including Beenie Man, Shaggy, Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley and Jah Cure.

Reggae Sumfest takes place at Catherine Hall, just a short drive from the centre of one of Jamaica’s most popular resort towns, Montego Bay. In addition to the music, the festival offers delicious Jamaican cuisine and stalls selling arts and crafts from all over the island.

The main performance nights are Thursday 22nd July (Dancehall night), Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th July (International nights), with tickets costing from US $32 – $53 (approx. £21 – £35) per night. Discounts are available on multiple-night tickets. All tickets can be purchased online at www.ReggaeSumfest.com.

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Reggae rules at Reggae Sumfest International Night

neyo_stmSave for R&B star Ne-Yo, there was a certain disconnection between the other foreign acts and the audience last Friday at Reggae Sumfest International Night.

It’s not that R&B young’un Jazmine Sullivan and songwriter-cum-solo star Keri Hilson gave bad showings, but there was no real spark, no chemistry with the crowd. Entering the stage in his signature paperboy Kangol, a white shirt rolled up to his elbows, black vest and matching pants, Ne-Yo shone with his impressive repertoire that kept swooning tweens-and even adult women-screaming. The singer opened with Because Of You and Stay, his debut single from the In My Own Words album ahead of covering the late Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall.

“Where my single ladies at?” Ne-Yo posed. “For the next three minutes and 30 seconds I’ll be your boyfriend” That was the preamble for his tune Single, which segued into Sexy Love, Mad, Part Of The List and his first big single So Sick.

The artiste, known for his female-friendly power ballads, praised the liberated women in a presentation that was akin to a Sunday morning sermon, before singing She Got Her Own and the popular Miss Independent. Ne-Yo surprised the audience when he pulled up the track and ordered the deejay to spin Vybz Kartel and Spice’s Romping Shop, which presides over the same beat as Miss Independent.

“Shout out to Vybz Kartel,” he said to much applause and screams. The R&B star whose 2008-released Year Of The Gentleman junior album was a smash hit, finished his nearly hour-long set with Closer, the first single from that album.

His fellow R&B star, Jazmine Sullivan, showed off her powerhouse vocals, but her set wasn’t as entertaining as it could have been. She reeled off popular songs from her album Fearless, including Bust Your Windows, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Dream Big, the doo-wop-flavoured Switch, ahead of closing with the reggae-inspired Need U Bad.

Keri Hilson’s set was more entertaining, but even sleek spandex, sex-appeal and ultra-cool dance moves weren’t enough to leave one hungry for more. To say the least, she was ordinary, despite delivering familiar songs like Energy and Turnin’ Me On. The R Kelly, TLC and Mary J Blige tributes didn’t do much for her, either.none of it was mind-blowing.

Though it was International Night, it was nevertheless reggae that was the star of the show.

Just ask Coco Tea, who gave a brilliant showing before the three-hour-long foreign act segment. The veteran singer delivered a silky-smooth rendition of Air Supply’s Here I Am (Just When I Thought) and Bob Marley’s One Drop before closing with his recent radio hit, Barack Obama.

A notable, but not excellent, showing did come from Morgan Heritage. The band performed familiar favourites and gave the audience a taste of material from each of their solo efforts.

“We love R&B, love hip-hop, but a lot of people have travelled to Jamaica this weekend to hear reggae,” Petah Morgan informed. The Morgan Heritage lead singer also dispelled rumours that the group comprising siblings had disbanded.

“We are individuals; we just want people to know that,” Morgan said before asking his brother MoJo to sing Roxanne, a song about prostitution.

His big brother, Gramps, gave a soulful solo showing with Come Back To Bed and Washed In Tears. Petah Morgan performed his solo song Secrets and the group reconvened for Your Best Friend.

The penultimate act, Queen Ifrica entered the stage at approximately 5:30 am and, riding on the relative success of her new album Montego Bay, she preened for her city.

It was a queen’s welcome indeed. The audience cheered her as she delivered Brown Skin, Welcome To Montego Bay, Below The Waist and Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror and Lioness On The Rise.

There was, too, the socially-piercing, anti-paedophiliac sensibilities of No Bwoy and Daddy, which she delivered en espanol.

The closing act was Jah Cure, who entered the stage at 6:30 wearing Gucci. Wrapping his soulful, raspy tones around tracks like Sticky, True Reflection and Longing For, the Rasta man represented himself well and finished up with Call On Me.

The show ended some minutes after seven and by that time much of the audience had already left.many had just turned out to see Ne-Yo. The Reggae Sumfest music festival closed this morning with International Night II, on which Toni Braxton, Damion ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Nas were billed to perform.


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Neyo’s Sumfest Interview


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Damian Marley and Nas to perform at sumfest

Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and  Nas, will be performing together on Saturday, July 25, on International Night II at Reggae Sumfest.

“It’s not a Nas performance, and it’s not a Damian Marley performance, it’s going to be a Nas and Damian Marley together. Gourzong the executive direct of sumfest said that the pairing was the result of extensive thought by the Reggae Sumfest team on improving this year’s event.

He emphasised that this is the first time that Nas will be performing in Jamaica, and added that it “will be an even more special performance since he will be performing with one of our brightest stars in reggae. I’m excited, they are working on a collaborative album, and the sounds of reggae with the beats of hip hop should make for a great performance.”

Another confirmed international act that will be rocking the Reggae Sumfest stage is R&B sensation Jazmine Sullivan on Friday, July 24.

“We are arranging for other international performers, but we’re not ready to release who we’re considering. You’ll just have to wait a little longer,” said Gourzong.

The festival, which starts with a beach party on Sunday, July 19 and then has three nights of live performances from Thursday, July 23 to Saturday, July 25, will also feature, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Charley Blacks, I-Octane and a host of other local talents.

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