Things To Do For Reggae Month in Jamaica
When you think of Reggae you may think of the Legend Bob Marley or perhaps our recent home-bred sensation Koffee or the smooth melodies of Beres Hammond.
Whoever comes to mind, the music that our little island produces has a huge influence on the world that can’t be beaten.
The month of February has been slated as the month when we celebrate Reggae. There are a whole host of cultural events and music events scheduled to happen EVERY DAY this month.
We have selected a few we think you should check out. Take a look.
The National Gallery in Downtown Kingston has on display the Jamaica, Jamaica exhibition which tells the story of our music through art. This exhibit has been seen by people in France and Brazil.
According to the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Olivia Grange, “this exhibit celebrates the musical innovations born on the island, especially during Reggae Month”.
Every Friday in February The Emancipation Park will be hosting, Reggae Films In The Park. This event is geared towards highlighting our music through documentaries around the Reggae music and the people who influence the music.
“Films will include the premiere of “Rude Boy: The Trojan Story” that shares the history of the record label that introduced Jamaican music to Britain; “Reggae In Goa” about the city in India that hosts the newest of the global Reggae festivals; “Legends of Ska” - one of the many films about the famous artists of this genre and “Coelcuirt Jamaica” - a musical travel documentary by an Irish TV company featuring Freddie McGregor, Alpha Boys Band, the Jolly Boys mento band, Maroon Chieftainess Sister Gloria and poet Mutabaruka.”
For most Jamaicans, there is nothing better than hearing sweet, sweet Reggae music. Every Wednesday different artists will grace the stage at Emancipation Park performing and entertaining in all genres of Reggae music. Each week has a different theme based on some of the more popular genres of Reggae.
"All events in the park will be of the quality the public has become accustomed," JaRIA Chairman, Ewan Simpson, stated.
With six concerts slated for the month, The Children of Icons events will see performances by children of iconic Reggae artists as well as emerging artists. These concerts are slated to be staged in Falmouth, Negril, Kingston, Annotto Bay and Ocho Rios throughout the month.
“It is significant that we not just stage events in Kingston but throughout Jamaica and, certainly, in the Second City of Montego Bay,” said Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at a recent JIS Think Tank.
These are just a few of the events and activities that will be held for Reggae Month.
All events are FREE and there are events scheduled for each day in February!
We hope you consider some of the activities we have suggested for you and wish you a smooth and irie Reggae Month.