If you love reggae music and are going to be in Jamaica in February 2016, you are in for a treat. Check out the Jamaican Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) annual Reggae Month activities on offer. JaRIA plays host to the staging of the ninth annual Reggae Month festivities in February 2016 in Jamaica, the birthplace of Reggae music.
Reggae Month celebrates reggae music in all its facets throughout the month of February with events, lectures, tribute concerts, nightclub events and more. Culminating in the JaRIA Honour Awards on the 28th February 2016 where finalists will be chosen from a plethora of awards across many categories.
Reggae Month Event Schedule 2016
Reggae Open University Schedule – Reggae Month 2016
Every Tuesday and Thursday in February, Reggae Open University takes place at the Vera Moody Concert Hall, located at the School of Music, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Engaging the community on issues affecting the music industry and creative arts as a whole the forums serve to provide a medium for debate. Media briefing begins at 5:30pm for the first Tuesday ONLY with panel discussions beginning each week at 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
- February 2nd: Reggae Music Mekya – Creative City Status.
- February 4th: The Debate of Foreign Acts outselling Local Acts – Reggae Mekyah Buy Nah Sell Yah
- February 9th: Talking Drums
- February 11th: Colour Museum presents Jamaican African Dance Art
- February 16th: Towards National Models for Music Industry development
- February 18th: Immigration, Trade & Terroism…
- February 23rd: The Music of the NDTC
- February 25th: From Vinyl, CDs, to Cyberspace
Each and every Wednesday at 5.30pm in February a concert will be staged at Mandela Park, Half-Way Tree, Kingston. Commencing on 3rd February 2016, the initial line up will consist of performances from Half Pint, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibblies, U-Roy, Big Youth, Mary Isaacs, Grace Thrillers, Lloyd Parks and the We People Band. With sets being played by Radio 1 Extras, David Rodigan, Toddla T and Seani B, the Akwaaba Drummers and Stone Love. One of the highlights of Reggae Month, every Wednesday throughout February a different line up will perform live at Mandela Park.
Reggae Month 2016 Concerts and Tributes
There are also concerts and tributes to enjoy from the JaRIA endorsed Bob Marley celebrations at The Bob Marley Museum on the 6th February, to the Bob Marley Tribute Concert at Sabina Park on the 7th February. Another legend Dennis Brown is also honoured with an annual concert being held at the Waterfront, in downtown Kingston on 27th February.
JaRIA Honour Awards 2016
Reggae Month 2016 culminates at a high profile event the ‘JaRIA Honour Awards’ being staged at The Courtleigh Auditorium on the 28th February 2016. Whereby 24 individuals in 17 categories will be honoured for their outstanding contributions to reggae music, ‘the heartbeat of Jamaica’.
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Bless up, Jules
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