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Reggae Month 2011

Reggae Month 2011

Reggae Month 2011

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The month of February which is known as International Reggae Month was celebrated in Jamaica with series of events.

The month kicked off with a concert held at Big Yard, Downtown celebrating the birthday of the crown Prince of Reggae on February 1st. Next was Bob Marley Birthday which was highlighted by a birthday cutting ceremony at the Museum, a concert at Emancipation Park and other events held at his birthplace Nine Miles, St. Ann and around the island.

Every Wednesday night during the month, JARIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) staged a number of mini concerts at the Edna Manley School of Arts. Some of the acts who participated were Sly & Robbie, Bob Andy, Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy and a few others.

Kymani Marley celebrated his earth strong by performing for the first time in Jamaica on his birthday. The event which was held at Morgan’s Harbour also featured Protoje fresh with his new album release. The reunion of the Gaylads after thirty nine years was also another highlight of the month. The group also recorded a new song called Together Again to be released by Soul Of Anbessa this summer. Buju Banton’s winning of the Reggae Grammy for his album 'Before the Dawn' was considered the biggest highlight of the month, while the low was his subsequent conviction. International Reggae month was brought to a closure by JAVAA (Jamaica Association of Vintage Artiste & Affiliates) staging their annual concert while paying tribute to Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs & Bob Marley.

The organization is dedicated to the preservation of Jamaica’s musical heritage through the protection of the professional and social well-being of our vintage artistes and musicians. Members must be active in the music industry for at least twenty five years.

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Posted by Bertram Johnson on 03.10.2011
Appreciate very much the exposure and kind comments about JAVAA and its mission "to preserve Jamaica's rich musical heritage".

Just to say, though, that membership consideration in JAVAA is now open to all music industry practitioners and enthusiasts who would share this mission.

Regards!

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