Jamaica has been celebrated as the birthplace of Reggae music for decades and International Reggae Day, is an annual 24-hour global media festival which celebrates Jamaica’s rich cultural legacy, history of quality music the power and impact of the island’s music, creativity, and global influence. The festival’s international network mobilizes a 24-hour Reggae party anchored at www.ireggaeday.com, inviting fans of the music worldwide to wear their Reggae colours, plant a tree and explore other aspects of Jamaica’s creative experience.
Set for July 1, 2011 the event takes place in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, which is located in south east of the island near a charming bay. International Reggae day hosts dozens artists, locals and foreigners, in a marvelous music marathon. Lot of artists comes from the Caribbean Islands. This is a wonderful experience for Reggae lovers. This year International Reggae Day honours three vanguards of Reggae: Dennis Brown, Gregory Issacs and Burning Spear and invites media around the world to celebrate their timeless catalogue of great music and their invaluable contribution to the global Reggae movement.
On June 30th, UWI Mona in association with Jamaica Arts Holdings will host “Saluting Reggae Vanguards’, a symposium in celebration of International Reggae Day which will offer various perspectives on the music, career and influence of these legends as well other noteworthy ambassadors of Reggae music. Presenters scheduled to speak include: Dr. Michael Barnett, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Ibo Cooper, Mutabaruka, Evah Gordon and Jah 9. There will be a number of free events, marking the day, the Kingston venues include Tuff Gong on Marcus Garvey Drive, the Bob Marley Museum at 56 Hope Road and Redbones Blues Café on Argyle Road. For more on the events planned for International Reggae Day 2011, go here!