Posting this to help my friends in Jamaica:)
February serves as Reggae Month in Jamaica, where fans can celebrate the music at its birthplace. Throughout the month a range of reggae-focused activities are held across the island with many of the events taking place in the capital city of Kingston. This year’s Reggae Month will commemorate the island’s 50th Anniversary of Independence with the theme “Reggae 50 – Jamaica’s Heart and Soul.”
Bob Marley Tribute Photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org
Jamaica’s Reggae Month activities are organized by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) and include a signature “Reggae Night” series. Reggae Nights are held every Wednesday in February at Kingston’s amphitheatre located at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. These special evenings comprise of a range of music including classical, jazz, mento and ska, a genre that has been made popular by artists such as No Doubt and the late Amy Winehouse. Reggae Night activities include performances by the Jamaica Symphony Orchestra, Gilzene & the Blue Light Mento Band, Maurice Gordon, and more.
“With the various events being held throughout the month, reggae fans will be able to celebrate the life and music of reggae legends such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh and Gregory Isaacs,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “Reggae is performed around the world; however, Jamaica is where true reggae is experienced.”
Jamaica’s Reggae Month activities will include the following:
The Trench Town Festival, February 3 – 6
Trench Town, a Kingston neighborhood known as “The Motown of Jamaica,” was home to Bob Marley for much of his life and will be the site for a number of Reggae Month activities. Slated for February 3 – 6, the Trench Town Festival will include activities such as the “Trod the trod Bob trod” Fun Run, a Dancehall Night concert, Kid Fun Day, the Mr. & Mrs. Trench Town Pageant, a celebratory church service, and sporting activities.
Bob Marley Birthday Concert, February 5
Bob Marley fans will be treated to a “Bob Marley Birthday Concert” on February 5 at Emancipation Park in Kingston, followed by “After Dinner Sundayz” from 5 p.m. – midnight. This will be held at Tuff Gong International and will include live music by Zion Train Int’l.
Bob Marley Museum Cake Cutting, February 6
The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston will hold a special cake cutting ceremony on Bob Marley’s birthday, February 6. Following the ceremony, the museum will host an honorary “Birthday Jam Session” from 6 p.m. – midnight.
Best Of The Reggae Film Festival, February 18
The Jamaica Film Academy will host a screening of the “Best Of The Reggae Film Festival 2011,” highlighting several aspects of Jamaica’s Reggae culture through feature, documentary, short, and animated films. This preview precedes the 2012 Jamaica Reggae Film Festival, which will be held in Kingston from April 17 – 21. The film festival also includes the yearly “Make A Film in 24 Hours” competition, which is held to provide a platform for aspiring Jamaican film makers. Visit reggaefilmfestival.com/ for more information.
Bob Marley Public Lectures
There are several Reggae Month lectures being held to celebrate the life of Bob Marley, including a Public Lecture on the Life and Works of Bob Marley at the Multipurpose Community Centre in Kingston on February 6. Additionally, the University of the West Indies will hold a special Bob Marley Lecture at the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Kingston on February 16.
A special Bob Marley “One Love” Football Match will be held on February 22, to honor Marley’s love for the sport. The game will be held at Constant Spring Football Field in Kingston.
Reggae Month 2012 is presented by JaRIA in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board and through the support of the Ministry of Youth and Culture. Reggae Month was officially declared by Sir. Kenneth Hall, then Governor General of Jamaica, on January 24, 2008.
For more information on Reggae Month in Jamaica or to book a Jamaica vacation, please go to > www.visitjamaica.com.