The Sumfest Countdown Begins

The world’s greatest showcase of reggae music will take place from July 19-25 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The July 19 beach party and the ensuing three days of epic live performances (starting with Dancehall Night on Thursday, July 23), will captivate the thousands of tourists and Jamaicans alike who make the trek each year to this, the Mecca of reggae music festivals.

While the organizers are busy finalizing the negotiating for the usual slate of international inclusions for the line up, some of the top local acts have already been confirmed. Among them is the “King of the Dancehall”, Beenie Man. Last year, The Doctor, as he is also called, brought a fitting finale to Dancehall Night exhibiting high energy and his usual flair. This of course came as no surprise as he is known for excellent performances on the Sumfest Stage. Once again joining The Doctor on the line up is his lyrical nemesis, Bounty Killer.

Included in this year’s roster is the high-riding dancehall anomaly Mavado. The “Gully Gadd” will be taking the Sumfest stage following a year-long ride on the charts and the success of his sophomore album, “Mr Brooks… A Better Tomorrow”. His Alliance counterpart and top-flight dancehall artiste Busy Signal is also on the bill. Busy is planning to storm Montego Bay with his slew of hits such as “Pon Di Edge”, “Stamma”, “Trading Places”, and “Tic Toc”.
Reigning prince and princess of reggae Tarrus Riley and Etana will also be sweetening the 2009 Sumfest offerings. The two have been having a spectacular year captivating radio stations, music charts and audiences worldwide are showing love and appreciation for their music.  The individuals making up the reggae group Morgan Heritage will be performing together on the Sumfest stage, almost a year since they split directions in pursuit of solo projects. Also confirmed for the line-up is veteran reggae crooner Coco Tea.
Summerfest Productions is looking to make this years’ Reggae Sumfest, another one to remember. They will be taking over
Montego Bay from July 19-25 for the 17th staging of the greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest… so get ready to be infected by Reggae Sumfest fever.

 

The Sumfest Countdown Begins

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