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
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
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 .
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
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.
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.