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Bass Odyssey presents Jamaica SoundFEST 2016 – Things To Do In Jamaica This Summer!

Keeping up with the music theme of  the last couple of posts, I present to you another big event that you won’t want to miss this summer in Jamaica. Bass Odyssey presents Jamaica SoundFEST 2016, a festival dedicated to the mighty Sound Systems that string up their speakers and blast music and vibes for a crowd of music loving revellers. If you want to experience a Sound Clash where different Sound Systems are pitted against each other song for song, then check out the Bass Odyssey presents SoundFest 2016 – Things To Do In Jamaica This Summer! post featured here on Sweet Jamaica….

Jamaica SoundFest 2016

Bass Odyssey Presents Jamaica SoundFEST 2016

This annual event is a celebration of the Sound System Movement, recognising the important role Sound Systems play in getting contemporary music out in front of the masses. The event is proud of its cultural heritage and all music played throughout the event is in the original style with amplified speaker boxes and selectors, so that patrons can be emerged in the feel of the 1950’s Jamaican Sound Systems that heralded this movement. with 10+ Sound Systems playing at the Bass Odyssey Presents Jamaica SoundFEST 2016, you will experience both home-grown and international Sound Systems at their best.

What Is A Sound System?

Sound Systems came about in 1950’s Jamaica, as a way for music connoisseurs to share music with those in the community that couldn’t afford a radio.  Speakers would be strung up, amplifying the strains of their favourite artists that they spun on record players drawing in a crowd. And so the Selector was born. Recognising the popularity of the events, Selectors soon set about turning these sessions into lucrative events by containing the area and charging an entrance fee. Quickly catching on rival Selectors set up their own Sound Systems and so the popularity of Sound System musical events spread. These type of open-air music events are hugely popular today and Sound Systems have cropped up from all corners of the world. A Sound Clash is when two or more Sound Systems ‘battle’ to draw in and get the approval of the crowd. Each Sound System takes turns to play a killer track to blast the other Sound Systems selectors mixing skills out of the water, with a ‘King’ being crowned at the end.

Bass Odyssey – A Jamaican Sound System Veteran

Bass Odyssey is one of the most highly respected and hotly anticipated Sound Systems in Jamaica. Their Selectors and DJ’s are legendary in the Dancehall Sound Clash circuit for their thumping sound systems, impeccable musical selection and the lyrical skills of their DJ’s. Their speciality is out doing their rivals musical selection with a bigger floor filler, whipping up the crowd into a frenzy of dancing, appreciative noises and upraised arms waving lighters. Bass Odyssey events are synonymous with high walls of powerful speakers strung up around the perimeter of the area, where their Selectors make the most of the pumping sound system by playing floor fillers for an appreciative crowd.

There is no better place to experience a Sound System Sound Clash than the birthplace and home of Reggae Music and Sound Systems, Jamaica. If you are looking for things to keep you occupied in Jamaica this august find your way to The BASS ODYSSEY SoundFEST 2016; formerly known as the BASS ODYSSEY Anniversary & Sound System Festival.

“Original dancehall-lawn style with sound boxes string up from some of the

most recognized sound systems in the world”

Boxed Flyer

 

Bass Odyssey SoundFest 2016 Venue

Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, aka Richmond in Priory, St. Ann – Jamaica

Bass Odyssey SoundFest 2016 Entrance Price

General Entry: JA$1,500 / US$15.00

Special Entry: JA$2,500 / US$25.00

Bass Odyssey SoundFest 2016 Line Up

Jamaican Sound Systems

Bass Odyssey
Stone Love
Fire Links
Bob Clarke; Special Vintage Jamaican music tribute 9-11pm

International Sound Systems

Soul Supreme; hailing from the USA
Magash; hailing from Switzerland
Fujiyama; hailing from Japan
Muamba; hailing from Brazil

Further Sound Systems to be confirmed….

Contact

soundfestjamaica@gmail.com for more info and/or to be a part of the movement.

 

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Appleton Special Dream Weekend 2016 – Things to do in Jamaica this Summer!

The summer event season is in full force in Jamaica! The Appleton Special Dream Weekend is another of the big name international music festivals taking place in Jamaica this summer. In it’s 8th year, this hotly anticipated week-long event is held in Negril between July 28th and 1st August 2016. With a whopping 9 separate day and night events being held between 28th July and 1st August this promises to be classy and internationally attended music festival. Tickets are selling like hot patties, so act now if you are travelling to Jamaica and want to attend.  Appleton Special Dream Weekend 2016 – Things to do in Jamaica this Summer!

 

Appleton Special Dream Weekend 2016 Event Schedule

DREAM LIVE Concert @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Cayenne Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Jul 28 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 29 @ 4:00 am

Admission: $3,000

Food and Drink: On Sale

The Appleton Special Dream Weekend 2016 kicks off with the Magnum Dream Live concert, held at Cayenne Beach in Negril, Jamaica. The first event is hosted by Miss Kitty and boasts performances from Bounty Killer, Popcaan, Spice, Ding Dong, Masicka, Bella Blair, with music by Coppershot and Chromatic.

Dream Live Concert
Dream Live Concert

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Celebrity Playground (Red & White) @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Wavz Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Admission: $6,000

Food and Drink: Inclusive

Dress Code: Red and White

The Hennessy Celebrity Playground event is a daytime affair starting at 2.00pm, giving you plenty of time to sleep off last nights hangover before you get out there again! The beach setting will be sure to perk you up anyway, as it is held on Wavz Beach in Negril, Jamaica. Featuring Chromatic, Jazzy T and Kurt Riley the all-inclusive party with the red and white dress code is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Celebrity Playground
Celebrity Playground

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Twisted Spiritz (Glow) @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Cayenne Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Jul 29 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 4:00 am

Admission: $4,500

Food and Drink: Drink Inclusive

Such is the party spirit of Appleton Special Dream Weekend in Jamaica, that as one event ends, another starts! The Twisted Spritz Glow party is also held on Cayenne Beach in Negril, shortly after the daytime event. With Music by Coppershot, Illusion and DJ Tyrone from Canada this Skyy Vodka sponsored event, offers drinks inclusive of the entry price.

Twisted Spiritz Glow Party
Twisted SpiritzTwisted Spiritz Glow Party

 

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Daydreams (All White) @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Wonderland, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Admission: $7,000

Food and Drink: Food and Drink Inclusive

Dress Code: All White

The second of the Appleton Special Dream Weekend beach parties is Daydreams White Sands. popular and sophisticated event, with its all white dress code and Moet and Chandon Champagne sponsorship this all-inclusive event will be jam packed with revellers. With music by Coppershot, Chromatic and Crazy Neil.

Daydreams All White
Daydreams All White

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Yush (90s) @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Cayenne Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Jul 30 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 4:00 am

Admission: $5,000

Food and Drink: Drink Inclusive

Saturday evening’s entertainment at Appleton Special Dream Weekend is the Yush Event held on Cayenne Beach in Negril, Jamaica. This Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum sponsored event is sure to get the crowd jumping with a live performance from dancehall star Elephant Man and friends, with the evenings music being taken care of by Kurt Riley and Jazzy T.

Yush
Yush

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Wet ‘N’ Wild (Water Party) @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Cayenne Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Jul 31 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Admission: $9,000

Food and Drink: Food and Drink Inclusive

Are you ready to get Xtreme Wet and Wild at the Sunday funday event at the Appleton Special Dream Weekend?! Take in one of Jamaica’s top waterpark attractions at this daytime, all-inclusive Appleton Special Sponsored event. This promises to be an action packed event water party held at Negril’s, Kool Runnings Adventure Park. There will be a live performance by Cardi B, with music by Chromatic, Code Lank, Coppershot and Redd Heat.

Xtreme Wet n Wild
Xtreme Wet n Wild

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World Vibes (Hardcore Dancehall Juggling) @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Wonderland, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Jul 31 @ 10:00 pm – Aug 1 @ 4:00 am

Admission: $4,500

Food and Drink: Drink Inclusive

The World Vibes worldwide domination event is being held at Wonderland in Negril, Jamaica. This Sunday night event is hosted by Badda-Bling of D-Unit and features music by Foota Hype, Boom Boom, Redd Heat, dancehall favourite Tony Matterhorn and Rebel Tone, Canada’s World Clash Champion.  This Appleton Special Dream Weekend event is sponsored by Appleton Special and ticket price is inclusive of drinks.

World Vibes
World Vibes

 

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Igloo (Cooler Party) @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Cayenne Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Aug 1 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Admission: $3,500

Food and Drink: On Sale. Or, bring your own igloo with food and drink inside!

The final beach party of Appleton Special Dream Weekend is the Igloo The Global Cooler Party. This beach party is a little different from the others as you are invited to bring your own igloo ( cool box) packed full of drinks and food for you and your friends. Come and celebrate Jamaica’s Emancipation Day at this event, with music by Coppershot, Ricky Platinum, Illusion and Selecta Shane.

Igloo
Igloo

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Dream J’ouvert (Paint, Water & Powder Soca Party) @ Negril, Jamaica

Location: Cayenne Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Date and Time: Aug 1 @ 10:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 4:00 am

Admission: $4,500

Food and Drink: Drink Inclusive

The final event of the Appleton Special Dream Weekend is the Dream Jouvert powder, paint and water Soca event. This event held on Jamaican Emancipation Day, promises to be a spectacle of sight and sound with a carnival atmosphere with a coloured powder throwing frenzy as the show stopper! The VIP area is a powder free zone, otherwise expect to get covered in coloured powder at this lively event in Negril, Jamaica! With a live performance on stage by KES and music by Kamal Bankay and DJ Smoke with Appleton Special sponsored event is one to take part in.

Dream Jouvert
Dream Jouvert

 

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Reggae SumFest 2016 – Things to do in Jamaica this Summer!

If you are travelling to Jamaica next month don’t miss Reggae SumFest 2016, this week-long festival is being held in different locations around Montego Bay, from the 17th to 23rd July. The summer has officially arrived in Jamaica, with the school holidays starting and the weather heating up, so get ready for summer! Summertime in Jamaica is always full of events, shows and beach parties and one of the most famous ‘Reggae SumFest 2016’ is gearing up for 17th to 23rd July. The Reggae SumFest festival celebrates Jamaican music at its best, with concerts, beach parties, shows, events and even a street party parading through the ‘Hip Strip’ in town. Reggae SumFest has provided first class entertainment to locals and visitors to Jamaica for the last 20 years, so don’t make this year pass without taking part! Reggae SumFest 2016 – Things to do in Jamaica this Summer!

 

 

Reggae SumFest 2016 Official Calendar of Events and Locations

Beach Party | JULY 17 | Aquasol Theme Park; Walter Fletcher Beach Complex, Montego Bay

Blitz – All White Edition | JULY 19 | Pier One; Waterfront, Montego Bay

Sound Explosion | JULY 21 | Pier One; Waterfront, Montego Bay

Dancehall Night | JULY 22 | Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex; Freeport, Montego Bay

Reggae Night | JULY 23 | Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex; Freeport, Montego Bay

 

Reggae SumFest 2016 Artist Line Up and Entry Information

If you want to attend Reggae Sumfest 2016, you can attend any or all the events taking place over the week-long festival. Pre-sold tickets are available at the Official Reggae SumFest website and at select tickets outlets located around the island of Jamaica. Check out the official Reggae SumFest 2016 Website for full ticket information. Where you can also buy Weekend and VIP Passes. If you leave it to the last-minute it is possible to pay a little extra at the gate to attend these Reggae SumFest events; please note these tickets may be limited.

BEACH PARTY | Aquasol Theme Park | JUL 17

Presold J$1,800 / US$15

At Gate J$2,000 / US$17

Line Up: Bambino, Chromatic, ZJ Sparks, DJ Crazy Neil, Ikel Marvelus & Team Shella, Powered by SUPER STRONG
Hosts: Miss Kitty and Yanique Barrett

Gates Open: 4 pm

 

BLITZ – ALL WHITE EDITION |Pier 1 | JULY 19

Presold J$2,300 / US$19

At Gate J$2,500 / US$21

Line Up: Kurt ‘The Party Animal’ Riley, DJ Kentucky, DJ Smoke

Gates Open: 8pm

SOUND EXPLOSION |Pier 1 | JULY 21

Presold J$1,800 / US$15

At Gate J$2,000 / US$17

Line Up: Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Kat, Pieces, Firelinks, Tony Matterhorn, Powered by SUPER STRONG

Gates Open: 8pm

DANCEHALL NIGHT | Main Venue | JULY 22

Presold J$3,200 / US$27

At Gate J$3,500 / US$29

VIP J$6,000 / US$49

Line Up: Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, I-Octane, Agent Sasco, Dexta Daps, Romain Virgo, Nesbeth, Spice, Ding Dong, Ishawna, Chi Ching Ching, Tanto Blacks, Charly Black, Ryme Minista, Harry Toddler, Masicka, Vershon, Devin Di Dakta, Jahmiel, Don Andre, Teejay, Savage, Ricky Teetz, Dre Zee

Backing band: Ruff Kutt Krew, Warrior Love

MC’s: Ms. Kitty, GT Taylor, DJ Bones

Gates Open: 7 pm
Show Time: 9 pm

REGGAE NIGHT | Main Venue | JULY 23

Presold J$4,700 / US$39

At Gate J$5,000 / US$41

VIP J$7,500 / US$62

Line Up: Super Cat, Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Christopher Martin, Nature, D-Medz, Nicky Silk, DannI

Backing band: Warrior Love

House Music: Ikel Marvelus & Team Shella

MC’s: Barry G, Elise Kelly, Paula-Anne Porter

Gates Open: 7 pm
Show Time: 9 pm

 

 

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Paradise Lost Jamaica – EDM and Reggae Festival Spring Break 2016

Paradise Lost Jamaica – EDM Festival

In case you haven’t noticed EDM or Electronic Dance Music is slowly taking over the globe and where better to party than the tropical haven of Jamaica. Paradise Lost is a 3 day, 3 night, Spring Break EDM (electronic dance music) and Reggae Festival taking place in Ocho Rios, Jamaica from 10th to 12th March 2016. Organisers are hoping that patrons will be dazzled with the star line up including big name DJ’s, international Pop Stars and home-grown Jamaican Acts that are gracing the stage. There will be 3 stages offering acts on a scenic beach location, with on-site camping, a festival village full of vendors, water sports activities, excursions and more.  All of this to contribute to an explosive and enjoyable Spring Break 2016!

BassNectar at Paradise Lost Jamaica
BassNectar at Paradise Lost Jamaica

Paradise Lost Jamaica – Musical Line Up

Paradise Lost Jamaica will play host to international and local grown talent with a line up that includes both EDM and Reggae acts on the rostra. International acts ‘Big Gigantic’, ‘Bassnectar’ and ‘Tiesto’ are headlining the event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night respectively and will be offering up pulsating EDM Beats. Sean Paul and Busy Signal, both Jamaican Reggae / Dancehall artists,  who had musical success with their EDM song releases, also make a much-anticipated appearance. Check out one of my favourite Jamaican artists, the Grammy nominated ‘Jah Cure’ who will be performing  Friday night (1:00am) on the main stage. Look out for other acts booked including: Alric and Boyd, Arif Cooper, Electra, Kamal Bankay, King Jammy’s, Audian, AlunaGeorge and Titans of Sound. This event is an all day and all night event, so get ready for some serious partying at Paradise Lost Jamaica.

  • Thursday – Acts start at 3:00pm, with the last act coming on stage at 4:00am.

  • Friday – Acts start at 2:30pm, with the last act coming on stage at 5:00am.

  • Saturday – Acts start at 1:00pm, with the last act coming on stage at 5:00am.

 

Tiesto at Paradise Lost Jamaica
Tiesto at Paradise Lost Jamaica

Paradise Lost Jamaica – The Location

Jamaica not only benefits from a tropical climate, the verdant island with its wealth of breathtaking natural beauty will feed all the senses as soon as you arrive. Paradise Lost Jamaica makes the most of the scenery by taking over ‘Grissly’s Plantation Grove’ in Richmond, St. Ann, some 20 minutes drive outside of Ocho Rios town centre. With a complete festival ‘village’ centered around private beaches you will have the opportunity to eat, sleep and breathe the atmosphere for 3 days. If you are camping on-site you get to enjoy the festival experience for 5 days, as patrons are welcome to arrive at the festival on the 9th March and can leave on the 13th March.

Additional Extras at Paradise Lost Jamaica

The organisers of Paradise Lost Jamaica have thought of everything, including some of these additional extras to make your stay easier and more enjoyable.

  1. The Meal Plan – For US$25.00 a day you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in one of the hospitality tents. Eat all you can, buffet style dining with a delicious hot meal in the evenings
  2. Shuttles – The organisers have arranged daily shuttles to the venue from Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston
  3. Parking – Purchase a parking spot at the venue
  4.  Merchandise Pack. For US$59.00 the official Paradise Lost Jamaica 2016 merchandise pack comes with festival t-shirt, beach towel, beach bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and other great items!
  5. Camping – Stay right on-site in a beach location with 24hr security. You can even rent a tent if you don’t want to bring your own.

EDM Roots in Jamaican Dub Music

Although you wouldn’t immediately associate Jamaica with EDM Music, it isn’t as unfamiliar as you may initially believe. The early predecessor to EDM, Dub Music was originally started in Jamaica in 1966, some 50 years ago with Dub Step artists including, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock and Errol Thompson dominating the music scene. Some of these early artists are still producing new material today and today EDM is all over the music scene.

Welcome to Paradise Lost.

 

Paradise Lost Jamaica – Ticket Prices

General Admission: 1 Day – Thursday US$79

1-Day ONLY entry to Paradise Lost
1-Day Access to all Stages
1-Day Access to Vendor Village
Access to Exclusive Package Discounts

General Admission: 1 Day – Friday or Saturday US$149

1-Day ONLY entry to Paradise Lost
1-Day Access to all Stages
1-Day Access to Vendor Village
Access to Exclusive Package Discounts

General Admission: 3 Day – Weekend Pass US$299

Weekend entry to Paradise Lost
Access to all Stages all weekend
Access to Vendor Village
Access to Exclusive Package Discounts

VIP Admission Passes to Paradise Lost Jamaica

VIP Admission: 1 Day Pass US$249

Choose Friday or Saturday
VIP Only Entrance
VIP Beachfront Stage
Access to Private VIP Beach
VIP Lounge (with full cash bar)
Private VIP Restrooms
Souvenir Laminate and Lanyard
Parking Pass for one car

VIP Admission: 3 Day Weekend Pass US$479

Weekend Pass
VIP Only Entrance
VIP Beachfront Stage
Access to Private VIP Beach
VIP Lounge (with full cash bar)
Private VIP Restrooms
Souvenir Laminate and Lanyard
Parking Pass for one car

VIP Admission: 3 Day Weekend Pass 4 Person Group US$1999

4 x Weekend Passes
All Weekend VIP Package Inclusions
Separate VIP Package Check-In Only Tent
Reserved table in VIP Lounge (with full cash bar)
Golf Cart ride to your table
Exclusive VIP Level Discounts and Offers
Complimentary Parking Passes

VIP Admission: 3 Day Weekend Pass 8 Person Group US$4250

8 x Weekend Passes
All Weekend VIP Package Plus
Private Evening Sunset Cruise
Reserved table in VIP Lounge (with full cash bar)
Golf Cart ride to your table
Separate VIP Package Check-in Tent
Exclusive VIP Level Discounts and Offers
Complimentary Parking Passes

For further ticket information please click here to go to the Paradise Lost Jamaica website.

Disclaimer:

All images and videos copyright and credited to ‘Paradise Lost Jamaica’. All images are reproduced from the ‘Paradise Lost Jamaica’ website. https://paradiselostjamaica.com/

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Road Running Races in Jamaica 2016

Running Events Ltd – Rule. The. Road.

Road Race Running in Jamaica is fun, lively, safe and enjoyable way to take in the sights and help charities in Jamaica. The events are well organised and warmly received by the participants walking and running around the routes. For the 2016 road race calendar Running Events Ltd is staging a total of 18 road races throughout the year (and growing), with the road races supporting various charities. Running Events Ltd isn’t only for fun and exercise. The company reported that it raised over J$100,000,000 (one hundred, million Jamaican dollars) throughout its 2015 road racing calendar for education, healthcare, special needs, youth development and help for the homeless. If you are looking for a way to keep fit, make new friends and do good for charity then check out the race calendar below for Road Race events across Jamaica in 2016.

Running Events Calendar 2016
Running Events Calendar 2016

Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Run

The first road race being held in the Jamaican calendar is the Sigma City Run 2016, being held on the 21st February 2016. If you would like to register to take part go to the Running Events Jamaica website, registration closes on 5th February 2016. The beneficiaries chosen this year are: Children with Cancer, Jamaica Cancer Society Mammography Unit and Black River Hospital pediatric Unit

Sigma City Run 2016
Sigma City Run 2016

Kingston City Run

The second road race in the 2016 Running Events Ltd calendar is the Kingston City Run being held over three days, from 11th to 13th March 2016. Promising to have a carnival atmosphere from the Friday night welcome party, with Bacchanal Jamaica on board providing the pulsating rhythms and vibes for the night. The second day has a more sedate Lifestyle Expo and Pre Race Party being held at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Race day is held on the 13th March and incorporates a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon road race around the streets of (New) Kingston. The whole weekend can be enjoyed inclusive of registration price for those entering the race. For more details check out the Kingston City Run website.

Kingston City Run
Kingston City Run

Contact Details for Running Events Limited

Mailing Address:
Running Events Limited
87-89 Tower Street
Kingston, Jamaica

Phone: (876) 967-4903
Fax: (876) 922-0155

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One Love Music Festival Jamaica 2016

One Love Music Festival Jamaica 2016

This year the memory of the One Love Peace Concert lives on as Cedella Marley (daughter of Bob Marley) the CEO of Tuff Gong International stages the first annual One Love Music Festival in Jamaica. The event is hosted over two days from 4th to 5th February 2016, at Rose Hall Great House Lawns and Aqueduct, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The event is a celebration of Bob Marley’s life and legacy, with fundraising for the Bob Marley Foundation at its heart. The Bob Marley Foundation works in partnership with the Rose Town Foundation and the Sandals Foundation to support projects in poverty relief, the environment and education.

The One Love Peace Concert 1978

The One Love Peace Concert is synonymous with Bob Marley’s impromptu unification of bitter rivals and political leaders Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP) in 1978. There was political warfare on the streets of Jamaica and Bob Marley was in exile in London, England following an assassination attempt in 1976. It was decided to hold a Peace Concert, with Bob Marley agreeing to headline the show being staged at The National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. On landing in Jamaica his aircraft was swamped with revellers ecstatic that he had returned back to Jamaican soil. During the concert Bob called the two political leaders on stage and encouraged them to shake hands. Bob then lifted their joined hands above his head in triumph and as a plea to the people of Jamaica to unite in the name of peace and love. Following this unprecedented act Bob Marley was later awarded the Third World Peace Medal by The United Nations in New York.

 

 

The One Love Music Festival Charity Gala Cocktail Reception

The One Love Music Festival starts off with a Charity Gala Cocktail Reception on the lawns at Rose Hall on the 4th February 2016. Here you will be able to hobnob with international celebrities whilst taking in the culinary delights of top name celebrity chefs gourmet food stations. The day will be capped off with intimate live performances from Marcia Griffiths and Benjy Myaz, amongst others.

 

Charity Gala Cocktail Reception
Charity Gala Cocktail Reception

One Love Concert

The second day of the One Love Music Festival will see a star studded concert taking place at The Rose Hall Aqueduct. The gates open at 7:00pm and the concert kicks off at 8:00pm. The concert boasts a host of Jamaican and International favourites and up and coming acts, including Morgan Heritage, Akon, Kymani Marley, Skip Marley,  and a host of other performers.

One Love Music Festival
One Love Music Festival

 

The Bob Marley Foundation

The Bob Marley Foundation was started in 1986 as a means of providing much needed resources and financial, educational and cultural assistance to projects, communities and organisations in Jamaica. Funded by proceeds from donations and the charitable outlets of both The Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong International, the foundation serves to continue Bob’s legacy for uplifting the people of Jamaica, the land of his birth. The Honourable Robert Nesta Marley O.M had an opinion on life unlike most others, unperturbed by the glamour and riches of fame he was selfless and preferred to help others and use his name to make a change and give hope to the lives of many. The Foundation has social interventions at its core, such as: The Marley for Education, School Support, and Marley for Health and Marley Social Welfare projects among others.

 

The Vision for The Bob Marley Foundation is to positively impact those around us

through Education, Culture, Healthcare and Sustainable Development enacting lasting

change through One Love, One Voice, One Heart

 

 

 

 

One Love Music Festival and Bob Marley Foundation Links and Websites

If you want more information about Bob Marley,  the One Love Music Festival and the Bob Marley Foundation check out the websites listed below:

The Bob Marley website can be found here: Bob Marley

The Bob Marley Foundation website can be found here: Bob Marley Foundation

The One Love Music Festival Facebook page can be found here: One Love Music Festival

BUY TICKETS ONLINE for the One Love Music Festival here: One Love Music Festival Tickets

BUY TICKETS in person for the One Love Music Festival at Fontana Pharmacy islandwide and Spice World Supermarket, Montego Bay.

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All images and videos copyright and credited to the ‘One Love Music Festival’, Bob Marley Foundation and Tuff Gong International. All images are reproduced from the Bob Marley Foundation, Tuff Gong International and One Love Music Festival archives.

 

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‘Reggae Mekyah’ – Reggae Month 2016 Jamaica

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 month 2016 calendar
reggae month 2016 calendar

 

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

Reggae Wednesdays

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 wednesday banner
reggae wednesday banner

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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CFW Caribbean Fashion Week Kingston Jamaica

Fashionista’s and A-listers will be flocking to the fabulous CFW (Caribbean Fashion Week) being held in Kingston between the 11th and 16th June 2014.  Now in its 13th year the award-winning event promises to be a festival of sights and sounds with Caribbean and International designers showcasing their collections, alongside top-notch musical performances. The organisers ‘Pulse’ have pulled out all the stops and CFW 2014 is lauded to be the best year yet with the launch of ShopCaribbeanFashion and shopping lounges at the event where you can leave with your favourite looks. Stunning runway shows will tantalise the senses, alongside star-studded performances from Sizzla, Ninja Man and Sheila E to name a few.

The opening Night of CFW is 11th June 2014, the collections will be shown at the National Indoor Sports Centre over the preceding nights, with the Wrap Night heralding a full-set from Sizzla and includes performances from Sheila E (legendary Prince Drummer). Many creative African’s will be featured at CFW 2014, including Zambian designer Sabina Mutsvati and two Ethiopian designers Fitkirte and Mahlet. Additionally, Ethiopian model Yardanos and traditional dancer and entertainer “Kuri”, Kuribachew Woldemariam will feature.

The event takes place at a number of Kingston addresses including the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, the Spanish Court Hotel, PULS8 in New Kingston, Villa Ronai in Stony Hill and the Red Bones Blues Cafe.

CFW Banner
CFW Banner

The Launch of Shop Caribbean Fashion

The latest venture of Pulse, the team behind CFW is the launch of Shop Caribbean Fashion  an e-commerce offering that showcases some of the designers featured. You can buy 6-piece capsule collections from some of the designers showing at CFW, alongside other treasures. Building to the excitement of CFW the site will go live at the opening night of CFW 2014 enabling the fashion hungry to snap up their favourite looks from the shows.

CFW Bio by Shop Caribbean Fashion

Caribbean Fashionweek is produced by Pulse, a fashion and entertainment company which pioneered the development of the fashion and modelling industries in the Caribbean. The company is listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and was the first of its kind to be publicly listed. CFW began in 2001 and one of its essential features is to showcase the fashion design talent of the region to the rest of the world, and drive export opportunities for Caribbean designers. The event has grown in status and attracts world-class entertainment and a plethora of internationally successful models, however the focus in 2014 has returned to creating a platform for designers to monetize their creative enterprise globally.

The launch of ShopCaribbeanfashion.com will allow international fashion lovers to purchase directly from the Caribbean catwalk online or in person by attending the shows.

This Bio information and the images on this post have been reproduced from the Shop Caribbean Fashion website.

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Welcome to ‘GATFFEST’ The Jamaican Film Festival

Calling all Film Lovers! If you are a film buff or an aspiring short film-maker get involved with The Greater August Town Film Festival ‘GATFFEST’. Jamaica’s very own Film Festival is being held between the 24th and the 27th April 2014 in Kingston and is hotting up as a ‘Must See’ event in Jamaica. Now in its second year, GATFFEST invites attendees and participants to the event which showcases short films from both local and international film makers, in six categories. The four-day event, mainly being  held at The Courtleigh Auditorium includes an invitation only Red Carpet Premiere Screening, free Film Workshop and August Town Community Town Tour, as well as two $500 entry Film Nights culminating in an Awards Show. GATFFEST is affiliated with the Orlando ‘Love Your Shorts’ Film Festival a respected offering from America.

How did The Greater August Town Film Project Start?

The Centre for Tourism and Policy Research at the University of the West Indies (UWI) conceived the University Township initiative, out of which the Greater August Town Film Project a community tourism project was born. The idea was to find a way to reach out to the unemployed and under achieving youths of the joint communities that make up August Town, Kingston, just south of the UWI campus. After consultation with the community it was decided that introducing the youths to film would give them a way to be uplifted. Opening a creative medium to have their voice heard and stories documented in their own words. Just under 100 young residents have benefitted from being trained in aspects of film and video production through the project aiding their future employment prospects. The project also offers an internationally recognised platform to show off their work among their peers in the film industry and potentially be awarded at GATFFEST. The Film Festival is lauded to become a destination event for tourists interested in indie film making, furthering the reach of the project in the Greater August Town communities.

GATFFEST 2013
GATFFEST 2013

 

How Do I Participate it GATFFEST?

Submissions are welcomed from newcomers and experienced film-makers alike, from both local and international talent. The Application Deadline is midnight on the 4th April 2014. Short films must be between 5 and 30 minutes long and can be submitted in ONE of the following categories:

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • Musical and Dance
  • Science Fiction and Horror

 

Come on Jamaica! Get Involved in The GATFFEST…

Big Up Yourself Youths of Jamaica! There is creativity in the hands, hearts and minds of Jamaican’s and I would appeal to any young aspiring Jamaican film makers to submit your short films to GATFFEST and show off your talent!  It is a great way to gain some experience and exposure in the film industry and get your burgeoning talent recognised on the international film circuit.

How is the GATFFEST Awards Judged?

All films accepted by the Review Committee will be reviewed and judged by a panel prior to the start of the festival, with the official winners being announced on the last night.  The People’s Choice awards will be voted for by secret ballot. Each night the audience is asked to vote for their favourite film(s), with the winner being announced after the showing of each block.

 

GATFFEST 2014
GATFFEST 2014

Official Information from GATFFEST

This information has been copied from the GATFFEST website

Rules and Submission Guidelines to GATFFEST

  1. The spirit of GATFFEST is one of social and community upliftment, cooperation and human development. Therefore, we do not accept submissions that ridicule or demean people; incite hatred towards individual or groups; or promote violence.
  2. The Review Committee chooses and invites the films which will be presented in the festival and reserves the right to cancel any submission during the festival.
  3. Each film invited to be a part of the Official Selection by the Review Committee will receive a Certificate of Participation.
  4. Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn by the submitting party from the festival programme during the event without a valid reason.
  5. During the entire duration of GATFFEST, none of the films invited may be shown outside the Festival’s official theatres before its official screening.

 

How to submit your film to GATFFEST

  1. Persons submitting films to GATFFEST may not receive payment for their submissions.
  2. Films not presented in English or Jamaican Creole must have subtitles in English.
  3. Films may be submitted in the following genres: comedy, drama, animation, documentary, musical/dance and sci-fi/horror.
  4. Films submitted to GATFFEST should normally be between 5 and 30 minutes long.
  5. Films may be submitted through the official website: http://www.uwicommuntiyfilmproject.com or to mellissatulloch@yahoo.com.
  6. Films may also be submitted directly to the office on DVD or USB flash drive. Telephone: 1876 970 1467.
  7. Films may also be submitted via Dropbox or Vimeo.
  8. Submission deadline for all films is for April 4, 2014 at Midnight.
  9. Each film can only be submitted to one category.
  10. All films should have the relevant copyright approvals before submission.
  11. Films accepted by GATFFEST may be used in various promotions for the festival.
  12. Each night the audience will be invited to choose the best film/s by secret ballot. People’s Choice awards winners will be announced following the showing of each block.
  13. For the GATFFEST Official awards, a panel of judges will review all films accepted by the Review Committee and choose the winners before the festival and announce winners on the final night during the awards ceremony.
  14. On the final night GATFFEST Official awards will be presented for:
  • Best Directing (Franklyn St Juste Award )
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Local (Lennie Little-White Award)
  • Best International
  • Best Community
  • Best of the spirit of GATFFEST
  • Best of GATTFEST – “Archie” — (Archibald McDonald Award)

 

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Cream of the Crop – Ocho Rios 2013

PurpleSkunz Entertainment and DJ Wayne put on a great show last night with their ‘Cream of the Crop’ stage show in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The venue was the Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Pier, which made for a great setting for this sell-off event. There were general release tickets on pre-sale for $1,200, or $1,500 at the gate and although the pre-sold VIP tickets were advertised at $2,500 they were unavailable from the promoters or ticket outlets prior to the event and had to be purchased at the gate for $3,000 each.

The Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Pier was an ideal venue as it was secure, flat, clean and well laid out, with a visible Police presence which kept the night drama free. The general ticket area was large and there were a number of bars and food server’s plying their trade to the punters, alongside clean portable toilets which were serviced. The separate area VIP area was off to one side and included an area right in front of the stage, which made for great up close and personal viewing of my favourite artists. The VIP area had its own bar where they gave away complimentary Guinness and Nitro earlier in the evening and they also a few portable toilets. There were also a few vendors allowed inside the enclosure which was great if you wanted a snack, or horn to blow and kept up the great Jamaican tradition of vendors at events and shows.

Chronixx - Cream of the Crop
Chronixx – Cream of the Crop

Line Up

Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the crowd as the line up kept us entertained all night.

Stand out performances came from I-Octane who gave the best performance for the night, where he had the crowd blazing fire, horn blowing and rocking to the music.

I-Octane - Cream of the Crop
I-Octane – Cream of the Crop

Romain Virgo looked stylish in a navy blue suit with polka dot jacket and gleaming white crepes and gave an outstanding performance where he rocked the crowd throughout his set.

Chronixx one of the bright stars on the scene, enthralled the crowd with his hit selling songs and Jah Cure had a new fan in the form of a Rasta toddler who was dancing and flag waving on stage in appreciation!

Movado performed last of the night and although we enjoyed his performance he didn’t seem as if he gave it his all, but maybe that was because his set was shorter?

Other acts included Iba-Mahr, Nature, Jah Bouks, Kabaka Pyramid, Dre Island, Kelissa, Keznamdi and supporting bands such as the ‘Zinc Fence Band’ and the ‘Ruff Kutt Band’.

Sorry about the quality of the pictures they were taken on a mobile (cell) phone, as my camera memory was accidentally deleted at the end of the night!

Mavado - Cream of the Crop
Mavado – Cream of the Crop