Reggae Month kicks off next month, and with Jamaica celebrating 50 years, plans are well underway for this year’s staging.
The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has met with Damian Crawford, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment and Lisa Hannah, Minister of Youth and Culture. Crawford assured JaRIA that the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) would be partnering with them to stage Reggae Month with a sponsorship of $4million.
Under the theme Reggae 50 … Jamaica’s Heart and Soul, Reggae Month will kick off with the staging of the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert which will feature artistes such as Damian and Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, Half Pint, Ken Boothe, Junior Reid and Beres Hammond. The event took place on January 29 at Orange Street, Down Town.
JaRIA’s signature event will be “Reggae Nights” WHICH WILL OPEN February 1st at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. This will be a celebration of musical heritage through classical, jazz, mento and ska.
Reggae Month was officially declared by Sir Kenneth Hall, then Governor General of Jamaica, on January 24, 2008.