MEET THE PRESS: Sponsors, organisers and top entertainers Usher and Gramps Morgan sat on the panel of the 2010 Reggae Sumfest Press Conference last Friday at the Iberostar in Rose Hall to offer thoughts on this year’s staging of the festival and the benefits for all.
HEAD TABLE: Johnny Gourzong of Summerfest Productions; Usher’s road manager; Usher, Gramps Morgan and Robert Russell of Summerfest Productions.
ROBERT RUSSELL, Chairman, Summerfest Productions
Are Jamaican dancehall entertainers turning over a new leaf? Russell noted a marked improvement in the behaviour of performers who hit the stage on Dancehall Night at this Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall,
JASON HALL, Jamaica
Reggae Sumfest still draws mega crowds to
JOMO CATO, Red Stripe
“We promote and support Jamaican music not just because it benefits the music industry but also the hospitality sector. Producing a world class festival here adds value to brand
KAREN ROSEN, Wisynco
“Sumfest provides a great mix of local and international brands and talent. A job well done. Congrats to Summerfest Productions.”
KERRY-ANN CASSERLY, Iberostar
“As the platinum hotel sponsor, Reggae Sumfest has secured us increased hotel revue and marketability. We are already signing off on next year. Reggae Sumfest is a great opportunity for reggae music to shine.”
The R&B superstar is an unabashed lover of the tropics, digs the fusion of hip-hop, R&B and reggae and strives to stay current creatively:
On reggae-meets-R&B-meets hip hop: “The fusion is beautiful; it’s a chemistry that has worked for many years. The rhythms that come through the drums and the keys are amazing.”
Staying current: “Music is a universal language, so I just have to adjust and be consistent. I gotta give a nod to classic artistes of the past who were able to bridge the gap and also give love and respect to artistes of the past year. Being consistent is about being in touch with whatever music you perform as it evolves. No matter what I sing, I’m going to entertain.”