Marley’s Birthday & Reggae Month 2016 Celebrations

January is now in our rear view mirror , so as we welcome February there are lots of exciting things to look forward to in Jamaica. As promised in my previous blog about 2016 Events , here is  the JARIA Reggae Month 2016 Calendar

Reggae Month 2016 Calendar

Jamaica Reggae Industry Association’s  (JARIA) theme for the 9th Annual staging of Reggae Month is “Reggae Mekyah”(Translation : Reggae is made here). The month will feature weekly Reggae Wednesday live concert series held at Mandela park in Half Way Tree Kingston. Each Tuesday and Thursday there will be panel discussions at their Open University to discuss issues affecting the Reggae industry. These will be held at the Edna Manley College . Other events on the calendar like Uptown Mondays, Inner City Dub and Weddy Weddy are weekly events in Kingston that can be attended throughout the year.

Bob Marley Birthday Celebrations 2016

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This year for the celebration of the 71st birthday of Reggae legend, the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley , the Bob Marley Foundation launched its first annual One Love Music Festival . The event will start January 4 with a Charity Gala on the lawns of Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay and February 5 with the big Concert at Rose Hall Aqueduct. The concert will feature big names like Kymani Marley, Morgan Heritage , Tessanne, Akon and a host of others . For tickets and more information check the event’s facebook page .

Bob Marley Birthday 2016

The 6th of February is Bob’s actual birthday . His old house at 56 Hope Road in Kingston which now houses the Bob Marley Museum will have a full day of events starting with a Symposium at 10am followed by a Jam Session from 2-10pm

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Feb 7th will be the  Bob Marley Tribute Concert 2016 at Sabina Park in Kingston. The celebrations is entitled Ride On and will feature the 71st Marley Ambassadors, Iba Mahr, Jesse Royal and Kelissa as well as a number of international and local recording artiste . If last year is anything to go by then you are definitely in for a treat.

9 Mile Music Festival

As you can see February is definitely a good time time to be in Jamaica and Kingston especially. If you can’t make it here then check in your area if there are any celebrations because Bob is such an international figure . If you’re in Florida , specifically the Miami area check out the 9 Mile Music Festival on February 27. The sons of Marley will be there as well as Capleton , Protoje , Nas and more.

I will be floating in and out of a number of events. What will you be attending? Drop me a comment below or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. Have a Roots Rock Reggae Rocking February !

Janeen

Janeen is a Travel Writer based in Kingston, Jamaica. Her work has been published in the UK, Germany and Jamaica as well as various online publications. She is also a contributing writer to Our Jamaica Magazine, the official guide for the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association. Follow her @drylandtourist

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  1. February 2, 2016

    […] Here’s another reason why Kingston is the place to be in February. See Protoje /Ancient Future Live in Concert this month. In addition to all the wonderful activities taking place for Reggae Month . […]

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