Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest kicked off today with a massive beach party at Cornwall Beach [also see The 2009 Reggae Sumfest]. This year’s five-day summer festival, running from July 19 to 25 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is dedicated to Michael Jackson. The festival organizers wish “to honor his phenomenal contribution to music and entertainment and to celebrate his extraordinary life.” They will present a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award to Jackson, which will be received by his brothers, Marlon, Tito and Randy Jackson. The Jackson brothers will perform live at the music festival on July 25, at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. Sumfest organizers say that they “are honored to have been given the opportunity to host the Jackson brothers on their very first performance together since the death of their beloved brother.”
According to Images (http://www.imagesnewsletter.com), “Michael Jackson had visited and performed in Jamaica in 1975 as a member of the Jackson 5. The group was hosted then by former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, at his home in Temple Meads, St. Andrew. The Jackson 5 was the opening act for Bob Marley and the Wailers at the outdoor National Stadium.”
The 2009 Reggae Sumfest has gathered outstanding performers from the Caribbean and beyond, such as Assassin, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Bugle, Busy Signal, Charly Black, Coco Tea, Flippa Mafia, Kip Rich, D’Angel, Da’Ville, Demarco, Elephant Man, Etana, Lady Saw, Macka Diamond, Morgan Heritage, Mavado, Prodigal Son, Rhaatid, Spice, Stacious, and Voicemail, among others. Besides the Jackson brothers, the festival will also feature Toni Braxton and Damian Marley.
For article on the Jackson brothers’ attendance, see http://www.imagesnewsletter.com/2009/07/reggae-sumfest-2009-to-be-dedicated-to.html
For more information on the Sumfest line-up and other events, see http://www.reggaesumfest.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=27&Itemid=90