PRESS RELEASE – (KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 5) Reggae Month Celebrations shifted into high gear this week as Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, along with industry stakeholders, recognize a month-long series of events to celebrate Jamaica’s musical influence locally and internationally.
The events centred around edutainment will reflect this year’s theme Peace, Love, Reggae and will include lectures, concerts, parties, public speaking seminars and award ceremonies. This week, the King of Reggae takes centre-stage.
The Legend’s 73rd birthday celebrations will this year be marked by a day of activities and a grand concert at The Bob Marley Museum, his former residence — 56 Hope Road — featuring a myriad of reggae entertainers, including his son Stephen Marley and grandson Skip Marley.
The birthday celebrations have been extended to include several cultural experiences at the museum, from the blowing of the Abeng, to rich discussions on the global impact of reggae, Rastafarianism and Marley’s philosophy.
“Reggae Month is officially here and we couldn’t ask for a better start to the month than the celebration of the King of Reggae, Bob Marley’s birthday. Bob Marley embodied everything we would like to promote for Reggae Month; he was about peace, love and bringing people together through his music, regardless of race or gender. It’s an honour to be a part of an initiative that honours icons in this way and we encourage the public to come out and celebrate with us,” explained Kamal Bankay, Co-Chairman of Reggae Month and Chairman of Sports and Entertainment Network of the Ministry of Tourism.
“What we try to do every year is to get back to our roots and reggae, the root of our culture and we want to keep it alive. There is sometimes this misconception of what reggae represents and we want to fix that. If we take the time to listen to real reggae music, you will see that it reflects positivity and that’s what we need right now. With the rise in crime, we need conscious music to recondition the minds of Jamaicans,” said Ibo Cooper, Chairman of JaRIA.
Reggae Month activities continued with Reggae Wednesdays at Mandela Park on February 7 and on February 8, with JaRIA’s Open University at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.