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Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Jah Cure
Edmund Bartlett
Shelly-Ann Curran
Paul Pennicook

As a stellar summer attraction on the Montego Bay economic and entertainment landscape, Reggae Sumfest has been bestowed with many rich accolades since inception back in 1993. Here are some memorable quotes from persons who have been a part of the staging of the annual music festival.


"Dem seh yu can't keep a good man down ... you can't keep a good thing down .... the real thing will always come to life ... people's eyes are now open more every day .... Reggae Sumfest means more reggae."

Reggae star Jah Cure (2013)


"This is the home of reggae. The emphasis on international performance was diluting the reggae aspect of Reggae Sumfest ... . We believe very strongly in promoting the music, because the music is one of those things that makes us different from everybody else."

Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's Director of Tourism (2013)


"The vibrant history of Reggae Sumfest lies in the fact that it has become an important staple in the Jamaican entertainment diet and it attracts thousands of patrons to our island."

Shelly-Ann Curran, senior sponsorships manager at Digicel (2011)


"Every country needs to have a signature entertainment product ... Reggae Sumfest is definitely a signature product, which has been iconic in its own way and has served to emphasise the quality of the music."

Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister (2011)