Dancehall Night reigns supreme at Sumfest


Dancehall Night continues to be the standard-bearer for Reggae Sumfest, as far as fan appeal is concerned.

It drew an estimated 10,000 fans to Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay on July 16, far better than the two International nights which fielded rappers like Common and TI and singer Jennifer Hudson.

“It was a good show, good production, and we saw some great performances. We had a great Thursday (Dancehall Night)…a good Friday and Saturday,” said Johnny Gourzong, spokesperson for Summerfest Productions, promoters of Sumfest.

While Dancehall Night had a number of returning artistes, it was still a hit. Fans waited until 5 am to see Lady Saw close the show.

Popcaan, Gully Bop, Spice, DeMarco and Bugle also appeared on Dancehall Night.

Gourzong believes the ‘withdrawal’ of rapper Rick Ross due to legal matters, two weeks before the event, affected the first International Night. His place was taken by TI.

“Rick Ross hurt us a little bit because we didn’t have adequate time to promote TI,” he said.

In terms of performances, Gourzong was impressed by Hudson, an Academy Award-winning actress.

“She was spectacular, sings like a nightingale,” he said. Gourzong noted that ‘all-round performances were good’, pointing to Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, LUST, Raging Fyah and the durable Saw.

The 23rd Reggae Sumfest took place july 12-18.

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