Beenie Man Summa Sizzle Returns
Written by Midwest Reggae on April 10, 2019
The Woodleigh Sports Complex in Clarendon is the venue for this year’s staging of Summa Sizzle. The event, which is promoted by dancehall artiste Beenie Man, is scheduled to be held on August 10.
Nickeewah Panton, the project coordinator for the event, said that there will be a number of changes for this year’s staging.
‘This year’s event is geared towards the entire family with a myriad of attractions, including a games arcade, stunt bike expo, go-kart, domino masters competition, six-a-side football, netball and cricket competitions. There will also be a health and back-to-school fair, and sound clashes bolstered by a surfeit of live performances. The latter half of the show will be a grand concert segmented by themes, including a best of the ’90s showcase, a singers’ paradise, and an international and iconic segment.
The first Summa Sizzle was held in 2004. Last year’s staging took place at the Jamalco Sports Club.
“International acts are being booked, and we are working on confirming the local artistes to ensure a rounded slate so we can meet the needs of our patrons who are crying for diversification of reggae and dancehall festivals on the local scene,” Panton said.
The coordinator also said that communities within Clarendon have benefited from Summa Sizzle.
“Last year’s event saw persons benefiting in various capacities. We engaged a community-based production company to provide stage sound and lighting. Ninety per cent of our food vendors were from the parish of Clarendon, which enabled community-based persons to earn. Traffic, parking and clean-up crews were also led and managed by Clarendonians, without incident. We are definitely looking forward to working with them again for an exceptional staging, and we are happy to know that they have made this event their own, which makes the decision of venue choice an easy one,” he said.
Part proceeds from last year’s staging of Summa Sizzle went to the St Augustine Boy’s Home in the parish. The institution will again be the beneficiary from this year’s staging.
“The more support we receive from the community, the more we are able to give back. We are very grateful for all the support that we garnered last year, which enabled us to give back in a very meaningful way,” Panton said.