Monday, June 26, 2017

Reggae Sumfest tickets now in outlets

Joseph Bogdanovich, CEO Down Sound Entertainment, organisers of Reggae Sumfest, paused for a shot with the Sumfest Promo Team ahead of the launch for Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest 25 on Thursday, May 11 at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records.


Tickets for Reggae Sumfest are now available in outlets islandwide as of today. 25 days away from the one week festival patrons can now pick up tickets from 17 outlets in Kingston, Portmore, Mandeville, Ocho Rios, Kingtson and Montego Bay. 

Patrons can purchase tickets for each event of the week of activities or weekend passes in Montego Bay at Fontana Pharmacy, Ironshore Total, Pier 1, El Paso Records and Rapid True Value Hardware. In Kingston, tickets are available at Richie B’s Liquor Store, Fontana Pharmacy, Tracks & Records, York Pharmacy, Rapid True Value Hardware Lane Plaza, Rapid True Value Hardware Manor Park, Rapid True Value Hardware Sovereign.

Fontana Pharmacy and Rapid True Value Hardware in Ocho Rios as well as Fontana Pharmacy and Rapid True Value Hardware in Mandeville, and Rapid True Value Hardware in Portmore will also have tickets for sale.

Reggae Sumfest 2017 kicks off on Sunday, July 16 with Beach Party appearances from ZJ Liquid, Kurt Riley, ZJ Sparks, and Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett. The Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17 will be on the boat Treasure Queen. The staple All-White Party at Pier One happens on Tuesday, July 18 followed by Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 20 Pier-One will play host to the exciting Sumfest Heavyweight Clash between Warrior Sound and Bishop Escobar.


Reggae Sumfest 25 culminates at Catherine Hall on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 with the pulsating rhythms of music and Jamaican culture. For information on ticket prices visit www.reggaesumfest.com.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mad Cobra ready to Flex for Reggae Sumfest


Mad Cobra is fired up about his performance at the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest. Cobra insists that the Sumfest audience will be in for a treat as he’ll be bringing his greatest resource, that is, himself! He says, “I’ll be bringing ME. I’ll be doing me…bring people back to that nostalgic Dancehall, hardcore…at the same time aggressive but clean”.

The DJ, who was the first Reggae artist to top the Billboard rap singles chart, will take his fans on a musical journey through his catalogue of massive hits such as "Flex" which was a major crossover hit in 1992; that topped the rap singles chart, and copped a spot in the Top Ten on the R&B charts, and nearly did likewise on the pop listings.

In recent years, Cobra has been quiet on the music scene following his experience with bouts of violence to both his person and his home. Following his full recovery, however, Mad Cobra has been back to work, creating new music and is gaining ground on the music scene, earning him a spot on Night 2 of the Reggae Sumfest 25th year celebrations.

Following a 12 year hiatus, the artiste is looking forward to participating in this monumental staging of the festival. “Well, it’s a pleasure that’s long overdue. I see it fit to come and represent”. The artiste lauded the move Reggae Sumfest has taken to refocus the production on Jamaican music and talent. In regards to promoting our local acts, Mad Cobra simply says, “We must eat what we grow!” He is in full support of endorsing our Jamaican products; In this case, our home grown and Jamaican nurtured stars.

The artiste has cautioned young and eager persons who want to enter the world of Jamaican dancehall. “It does not make sense to chase the limelight; it’s wisest to just maintain your career.  “Once you do songs with substance, people will always love it; you don’t have to be the headliner on a show to go and do your best.”

He went on to look within for inspiration, “What people look at as struggle, I look at as motivation.”

Tickets, season bands and cabana packages for Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest are now available on www.eventbrite.com and patrons are reminded of the Drink Right policy which enforces “no ID, no liquor”. Owned by Joseph Bogdanovich and produced by his company DownSound Entertainment Limited, the weeklong festival is staged in Montego Bay, begins on Sunday, July 16 with the Beach Party, the staple All-White Party at Pier One happens on Tuesday, July 18. Sumfest Blitz takes place on Wednesday, July 19 and the exciting Sumfest Heavyweight Clash will be held on Thursday, July 20 at Pier-One. The festival climaxes at the historic Catherine Hall on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 with live music featuring Sean Paul, Tory Lanez, Alkaline, Mavado, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure, Sizzla and Christopher Martin among many others.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sean Paul has Europe fans under Lock N Key


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Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul and Dancehall Star Alkaline
as spotted recently on their Gyallis Pro video shoot. 

Sean Paul is on the second leg of his summer European tour and continues to entertain massive crowds at sold out shows and headline jam-packed festivals, all the way gaining new fans and reassuring loyal ones of his stamina, and entertaining delivery on stage.

The Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste was said to “not just visit Southampton, but absolutely smash it”, as described by Gazette Reporter Clive Hammond. In his report on the Common People Weekend, Hammond continued “all the hype about witnessing the Reggae infused rapper who has had more blockbuster hits than Michael Bay, in our town was duly lived up to, as the vocalist behind tracks such as BreatheRockabyeGimme the Light and Get Busy closed the two-day event to a sea of dancing grandparents and adrenaline-fuelled teenagers”.

Having performed at Common People in Oxford on Saturday, May 27 and Southampton Sunday, May 28, for over 20,000 people at each venue, the artiste then ended his Sunday at BBC 1Xtra’s Big Weekend. Here, he created quite a buzz online after a group of police officers were caught on camera during Sean Paul’s performance of Get Busy, doing just that on the dance floor.

The Jamaican artiste continues his Europe Tour with stops in Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain but will break the tour to do a video shoot in Jamaica for his soon to be released single with a local female artiste.

Sean Paul continues to do well on the radio waves and online music players such as iTunes and Spotify with new releases such as Body with Migos and Gyallis Pro with local Dancehall star Alkaline. Lock N Key, produced by Walshyfire, Suh Mi High and Ovaload collaboration
 with Gentleman are also recently released Sean Paul singles.

Sean Paul will appear on the internationally acclaimed, now week-long festival Reggae Sumfest. The festival begins on Sunday, July 16 with events each day of the week and will culminate on Saturday, July, 22 in Jamaica’s second city Montego Bay.

Damian “Jr. Gong” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley going big with Medication

Grammy Award-winning artiste Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley has released a new single Medication, featuring Stephen “Ragga” Marley.

The critically acclaimed artiste initially released the video for the single exclusively on Tidal but his Jamaican audience can soon look forward to its release on Vevo, ahead of the his upcoming album, Stony Hill, set to be released on Friday, July 21 via Republic Records.

Shot at the former Claremont Custody Center in Coalinga, CA; Medication shows the contrast between past and present, depicting the prisoners who once lived there and the plants that thrive there now. In conjunction with the release of the music video, the brothers released a series of #Cannabisheals testimonials featuring a number of patients who have benefited from the use of cannabis for healing purposes.

The youngest son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley garnered his own place in music history when he became the first ever Reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the “Reggae” category, taking home an award for “Best Urban/Alternative” performance for his title single, “Welcome To Jamrock”. The acclaimed 2005 breakthrough disc Welcome To Jamrock, also won a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae” Album. Marley has been shaking up stages all over the world for the past few years, first in collaboration with Nas on their Distant Relatives project, and then when he went on to partner with Skrillex for their groundbreaking track Make It Bun Dem,” which Rolling Stone called “a monster mash up of dubstep and dancehall.”

Damian Marley this week hosted Rap Mogul Jay Z at the historic Tuff Gong studio and both shot scenes for an upcoming joint project at several points across the island.

Breaking News: Irie Souljah Dreader Than Dread


The time is Dreader Than Dread as Irie Souljah urges youth to “stop the bloodshed”.

As the single design hit the internet on Friday, much interest has been generated the 25-year-old reggae artiste from Spain.
His melodious vocals and hard-hitting lyrics help to spread a positive message to the world.

“I am very happy that people are excited about the single, because this is a joint production with Kabaka Pyramid and myself. I also wanted to back to the roots of reggae, by releasing the single on vinyl,” said the artiste born Josep Jordi Grau Saula.

After great success from his debut album Immigrant, Irie Souljah will give a taste of his upcoming project with the single Dreader Than Dread.

Since living in Jamaica for the past three years, Irie Souljah has developed a relationship with the legendary producers Sly & Robbie, veteran singer Ken Boothe, and Kabaka Pyramid, with whom he is currently on tour.

Irie Souljah, joined Kabaka’s Accurate Europe Tour Part II at the 2016 staging of Rototom Sunsplash music festival in Spain and thrilled the crowd as he performed songs from Immigrant.
Co-manager of Kabaka Pyramid, Abishai Hoilett revealed that Irie Souljah was well received by the European audiences delivering his unique style of Reggae music.

The Making of Irie Souljah
Born in Barcelona, Irie Souljah was exposed to “black” music from four years old by his parents. In his teenage years, Irie Souljah’s interest in music resurged when he started going to parties where he was exposed to electronic music, often mixed with reggae and various Jamaican influences.

Captivated by videos of Bob Marley’s performances, Irie Souljah formed his first band Reggae Soldiers and started his roots reggae journey doing covers of Burning Spear and Culture.

Performing with his second band Mystic Soldiers, Irie Souljah felt a need to reach his full musical potential. The artiste moved to Jamaica after his first visit where he performed alongside Jamaica’s own such as Jessie Royal, and Chronixx.