Welcome to Reggae Sumfest… 3 nights of great music, amazing food, cultural connections and partying that doesn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
I first attended SumFest in 2010 for International Night 2 and vowed to return. Fast forward 11 months and 3 weeks and I was boarding a flight back to Jamaica for Reggae SumFest 2011; well rested and ready for some fun. And fun it was! Here’s a small taste of what made Sumfest 2011 so great…
I made a new friend
“E” who was also staying at the Half Moon, Jamaica, came down for SumFest and was a part of the road trip to Negril. Fun times indeed! Aren’t we awesome?
Mya is alive and well
She performed a couple of duets on the SumFest stage and sounded and looked amazing! Sure would love another Mya album; maybe it’s in the works!?!
I-Octane brought the fiya….literally
Jamaica loves I-Octane and the crowd at Sumfest showed him just how much they love him with their cheers, lighters in the air and starting a huge fires. These fans were definitely feeling the vibes.
Japan vs. Sweden
Two dance crews, one from Stockholm and the other from Okinawa, battled it out in the Trudy TruDiva dance contest. Both groups represented, but the Japanese crew took the crown. I so wish I had video of this, but this photo will have to do… Check out video of the semi-finalists here.
Christopher Martin has abs of steel
Last year’s stand out for me was Christoher Martin, winner of Digicel’s 2005 Rising Stars competition and my future boo (he just doesn’t know it yet). Don’t we look cute together?
I loved his performance this year as well, especially the shirtless parts where he covered snippets of R. Kelly songs as well as his own ;-). <3
No one really missed R. Kelly
OK, maybe some did. And I’ll admit I did too (just a little), but in Cocoa Tea’s awesome “replacement” performance, the crowd gave a resounding “NO!” when he posed the question “Do you miss R Kelly?” Hope your throat gets better Kells.. :-/
Protoje rocks my world
Nicki Minaj has a potty mouth
That’s nothing new, but Ms. Minaj was warned to watch the language during her performance yet she disregarded (Sumfest policy, there are innocent, impressionable children out there 8-|). She plead guilty and paid a not-so-hefty $1,000 JA (~$12US) fine.
The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth
Reggae Sumfest is the greatest reggae show on earth. Well, technically it’s the only reggae show I’ve really been to, but none-the-less, I don’t think there is another one out there that can quite compare to the SumFest experience. (If there is, please let me know). As usual, I enjoyed myself and can’t wait to go again next year for the 20th Reggae Sumfest and Jamaica’s 50th Independence Celebration! who’s joining me?