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For Immediate Release

Title: Reggae Sumfest Kicks Off In New York


CaribPR Newswire, Thurs. June 5, 2008: Dozens packed in to a New York City restaurant Wednesday night as the sixteenth annual Reggae Sumfest festival kicked-off officially in the Big Apple. Among those welcoming the Summerfest Production team to New York was new Jamaican Counsel General to New York, Genieve Brown Metzer; and New York Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, Guillermo Linares, who presented a message from New York City Mayor, Mike Bloomberg. Emcee Irwine Clare then introduced Summer Fest Productions Executive Director Johnny Gourzong to the throng of media practitioners, sponsors, Caribbean community leaders and supporters. Gourzong for his part revealed the 2008 line-up, which will include reggae`s John Holt, Beres Hammond, roots` singer Anthony B, Richie Spice, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure, Tarus Riley and Etana and dancehall`s Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Voice Mail, Macka Diamond, Vybz Kartel, Harry Toddler, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall and Mavado. Additionally, Gourzong revealed that negotiations are underway for Keisha Cole, Akon or Chris Brown to perform at the event, set for July 13- 19 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett, dubbed the festival the `premier reggae festival` of Jamaica and lauded the Summerfest team and the many sponsors who continue to promote the event.   “”Reggae Sumfest is not just an event, its an experience. This event has brought more than 5,000 visitors to Jamaica