August 8-12, 1995 Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre
Montego Bay, Jamaica
The festival had a grand finale on Saturday night with
International Night II. It was a Roots Rock Reggae
spectacular in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Bob
Marley. Featured performers included international superstars,
Steel Pulse along with Ini Kamoze, Shinehead, Carlene Davis,
Sayoka (from Japan), Leejahn (from Canada), Cidade Negra
(from Brazil) and a special performance by Julian and Damian
RasJohn's Report from JB (webmaster RadioREGGAE.com)
"Report from the yard on the 12th"
ENERGY IN DA MUSIC
With the final night of Reggae Sumfest 95 getting underway on stage, I am still back at our house
on Peterson Street in the iron shores section of MoBay. Each day, everybody is sleeping a little
later and it was nearly 6 PM when I rolled out of bed. As it turned out, there was no rush because
the vans picking up our scattered crew (and baggage for those leaving right after the show,) were
all running late. Three days into the marathon, the nerves of some of our team were a little shot and
we needed to get them settled down first.
When I reached Catherine Hall, audio was rolling but video was still doing set-up. Sadly, the
cameras missed Cidade Negra who brought their strong Reggae groove from Brazil to Jamaica.
Don't worry though, we will be bringing the audio to you right here at Reggae.
About 90 minutes into the show, tape was rolling on video as one of the nightâ€™s highlights took
the stage. Julian Marley and Damion Junior Gongo Marley brought their Dad's presence to the
festivities for International Night II in honor of the Marley legacy. The outstanding talent manifested
in all of Bobâ€™s children as a thing of wonder. Original material and covers of several of their
Dadâ€™s songs provided a powerful set for the crowd.
While other nights presented nearly all Jamaican talent, this final night had strong international
flavor. Sakoya, from Japan, brought her great voice and high energy performance to the stage and
easily won over the crowd. The same can easily be said from Brazilâ€™s representatives,
Leejahn from Canada, Morgan Heritage from N.Y. and Steel Pulse from the U.K.. None of them
outshined the locally based stars of our show including Ini Kamoze, Junior Tucker, Mykal Rose and
a show stealing performance by Chaka Demus - Pliers.
The energy tonight was only challenged by dance hall night. The vibes pumped out from the stage
kept most of the tired but happy crowd on their feet through most of the show but a lot more people
were grabbing naps on the hard ground than any of the other nights. Fewer people made it to the
final night and from a peak of about 20,000, the numbers had dwindled to a few hundred when
Tootâ€™s and the Maytals closed this yearâ€™s festival at about 9 AM Sunday morning.
It has been four days of spectacular music, audiences filled with love and positive energy and a
festival run with a level of professionalism that would be respected anywhere in the world.
Reggae Sumfest 95 had clearly been a major success on all levels and thanks to our audio and
video crews, a state-of-the-art record of the event would soon be available to the world. Reggae
will be bringing the festival to the Internet within a few weeks in probably itâ€™s most complete
form so check back for updates and schedules.
A large Jamaican and U.S. crew came together, combining their skills and talent to make
everything come together. While we are sure to miss some of the many indispensable people,
hereâ€™s a partial credit list to thank the dozens of people who fought fatigue and all the normal
technical challenges to get the job done.
The biggest thanks goes to the founders and Executive Producers of the show headed up by
Godfrey Dyer, Robert Russell, Johnny Gourzong and Walter Elmore, supported by Winston Chen,
Walt Crooks and Sydney Reid. Greg Bagarozy and Ralph Newman headed up the U.S. contingent
with Neil Olshanksy as our Producer Director. Special thanks goes to Jose Barrios in the
Associate Director post who guided the camera crew for much of the show. Tim Mack, Bob
Hunter, Mark Sector and Fritz Lang were among the team members who made it happen. Chuck
Goslin, on the 28â€™ boom camera deserves special thanks for his flawless of work.
On the Jamaican side, Summerfest Productions Ltd. put together just as strong a team. Here is a
list and thank you for the key members of the Jamaica team:
Sumfest 95 Credit List
Summerfest Productions Ltd.
Marketing and Promotions
Pristine Music Productions
Stage Lighting and Services
Stage Equipment and Lighting Inc
Vanco Stage Lighting, Inc.
Superstar Stages and Tops
Worrel KingRicky Alkman
Nerissa Sott, Teddy
Getting to meet many of the legends of Reggae Music backstage has been a highlight for me with
a special honor coming from meeting Toots and Jimmy Cliff. Sade came to enjoy the show and it
was great meeting her too during a backstage visit. Reggae Sumfest â€˜95 has truly been a
joyous four days with the energy in the music keeping spirits high and tired bodies on their feet for
over 40 hours of great music. One love and great respect to all who were a part of this Reggae
transmitted 8/15/95 @ 14:30