With Kingston’s designation as a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015, the Reggae Month Committee made the decision to produce this year’s staging of Reggae Month under the theme “Reggae Mecca”. For the last two years, the association has been advancing the discussions on the importance of assuming the nation’s rightful ownership of the music as an indigenous product of Jamaica with the most recent theme in 2016 of “Reggae Mekyah”.
Playing on the popular moniker “mecca” the activities will include the signature Reggae Wednesdays in Mandela Park, Half Way Tree beginning with a tribute to Dennis Brown entitled Di Root. Popular artists will celebrate the crown Prince with songs of their own and his catalogue in a three hour packed show beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesday February 1, 2017. As usual the show is free to the public.
On Sunday January 29 the month activities will receive its usual blessings with a Church Service in Trench Town at the Praise City International with special performances from Mary Isaacs, Ibo Cooper, Nexus and URIM 7 beginning at 10:00 am.
Reggae Month was officially declared On January 9th 2008 by the then Governor General of Jamaica. This was done to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country’s social, cultural and economic development. Additionally, the birthdays of two of Jamaica’s and Reggae Music’s late icons are commemorated during the month of February: The late Dennis Brown also known as the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’, is celebrated on February 1, while the late Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, the renowned ‘King of Reggae’ is celebrated on February 6.