Since 2008 when it was first announced that February will be dedicated to the celebration of reggae music and all its sub-genres, this time of year has arguably become the busiest for persons within the music industry in Jamaica.
The festivities kicked off on Saturday, February 1st with two events: 1) the first of six free ‘Children of the Icons’ concerts in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, which featured performances from the offspring of some of Jamaica’s greatest performers, as well as several emerging artistes; and 2) ‘Remembering Dennis Brown’, a gathering at the resting place of the icon to commemorate his 63rd birthday.
On Sunday, February 2nd both the Ministry of Culture and the Jamaican Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), once again asked Fellowship Tabernacle to host this year’s Church Service to officially launch Reggae Month in Jamaica. A number of special guests were in attendance and the service, which started at 10:00 AM, was open to the general public.
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) and the Jamaica Music Museum in association with La Philharmonie de Paris are now inviting the public to visit the Gallery all month long to check out the Jamaica Jamaica Exhibition! This exhibition brings together rare memorabilia, photographs, visual art, audio recordings and footage unearthed from Jamaica’s best museums and most elusive collectors and studios, while collaborating with legendary local visual artists to convey the essence of a true Jamaican music experience.
A couple of other noteworthy events that will take place all month long are: JARIA Reggae Wednesdays (live performances from various established and emerging artists at Emancipation Park every Wednesday) and JARIA University (an opportunity to learn more about the music industry every Thursday). The full Reggae Month 2020 schedule is available on their website.