At the beginning of the year the Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaicansmusic.com launched the Roots to Reggae competition and gave their Facebook fans a chance to win a trip to Jamaica. The lucky winner would get a chance to explore Jamaican music from “Roots to Reggae!” during Jamaica’s annual “Reggae Month” celebrations in February 2012. Of all the submissions we received Artist and Radio host Aimi Rix was selected as the winner!
Throughout her tour Aimi stayed at the luxurious Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston. On Day one of the tour a beaming Aimi (bearing prints of her artwork as gifts) departed the Courtleigh Hotel eager to begin her adventure. Her first stop would be the famous Bob Marley Museum. The museum is located on the site of the legendary musician’s home, which he purchased in 1975. This house, featuring 19th-century architecture, was Marley’s home until his death in 1981. It was converted into a museum six years later by his wife, Mrs Rita Marley.
February 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm | News & Updates | 1 comment
Jamaica is as well known for its vibrant culture as it is for it’s seductive natural beauty. The island’s many genres of music have influenced countless people around the world who strongly identify with its varied messages. As Jamaica’s 2012 Reggae Month draws to a close we continue our special 50th anniversary feature by taking a look at some of the most significant Jamaican artistes.
No other Jamaican artiste has risen to the worldwide fame attained by Robert ‘Bob’ Nesta Marley. Marley’s name remains synonymous with Jamaica to this day, 31 years after his death. This legendary reggae music icon put Jamaica on the map in the early 1970’s, spreading the Rastafarian infused lyrics of love and peace around the world. The upbeat pace and infectious lyrics of notably Marley’s most well known song One Love, infiltrated diverse cultures, eventually to be named Song of the Millennium by the BBC. In 1999 Time Magazine called the Bob Marley and the Wailer’s album Exodus the greatest album of the 20th century.
February 26, 2012 at 10:32 am | Jamaican Music | No comment
Our favourite travel trio is still on the move! Exploring, enjoying and sharing with us just a taste of all there is to do, see and taste in Jamaica. Each week Calee, Stephen and baby Nyla invite us to join them on their journey across Jamaica with another exciting webisode of Pon Di Road in Jamaica. Now, as we look forward to today’s premiere of a brand new webisode, let’s take a look back at last week’s “Pon Di Road (Season 2) #25 – Blue Mountain Coffee”.
In this mouthwatering webisode Calee, Stephen and baby Nyla visit the Craighton Estate in the hills of St. Andrew, Jamaica to taste the world famous Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and to learn what makes the Blue Mountain brew special. Join them on their adventure by watching the video above and remember to tune in today at 5pm (EST) on Facebook and on our My Jamaica YouTube Channel for the premiere of a brand new webisode to see where these three will take us next!
News & Updates: Follow the Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaicansmusic.com Roots to Reggae Winner in Jamaica!
A month ago the Jamaica Tourist Board in conjunction with Jamaicansmusic.com launched the Roots to Reggae competition and gave their Facebook fans a chance to win a trip to Jamaica. The lucky winner would get the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to explore Jamaican music from “Roots to Reggae!” during Jamaica’s annual “Reggae Month” celebrations in February 2012.
To qualify for the Grand prize of an all expense paid trip to Jamaica entrants were asked to submit a 2 minute video on why they love Jamaica and Jamaican music. Of all the submissions we received Artist and Radio host Aimi Rix was selected as the winner! She will spend 5 days on a music tour of Jamaica that will include a tour of Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, a meeting with a Jamaican entertainer, a tour Tuff Gong studio and tenement yard in Trench Town among other exciting activities. We will be following her every step of the way and invite you to join us as well by following the hashtag #roots2reggae on Twitter and looking out for updates on Facebook!
February 17, 2012 at 7:59 am | News & Updates | No comment
In 2008 Jamaica’s then Governor General, Sir Kenneth Hall officially declared February Reggae Month. Since 2010 the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has been coordinating activities to celebrate our unique genre of music throughout the month.
This year JaRIA’s signature event ‘Reggae Nights’ is being held at the Emancipation Park in the capital Kingston. The weekly Wednesday events will dramatically chronicle the movement of reggae through a series of five live concerts featuring drumming, folk, mento, jazz, classical, dancehall and alternative. The first in the series of Wednesday Reggae Nights featured Classical, Jazz, Mento and Ska and showcased acts such as the Edna Manley College Orchestra, Pimento Players, Jamaica Symphony Orchestra, Gilzene and the Blue Light Mento Band, Jamarokaz, Maurice Gordon Quartet, Yaad Beat, Samuele Vivian, NRI Workshop and The Jolly Boys.
February 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
As Jamaica celebrates Reggae Month and remembers the birth of reggae music legend Bob Marley, this week’s post will focus on the notable Jamaican musicians that have shaped the culture and history of Jamaican music.
Jamaica’s leading female musician Marjorie Whylie epitomises the preservation of Jamaica’s diverse genres of traditional and contemporary music. As the musical director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Marjorie Whylie is responsible for the fusion of movement and musical complement into theatrical expressions of the culture and history of Jamaica. Whylie boasts over 20 years of experience in the field music, serving over the years not only as musician but composer, presenter, musicologist and educator. She is known for her ability to move seamlessly from genre to genre, blending effortlessly the sounds of classical jazz with the strains of traditional African folk.
February 7, 2012 at 11:49 am | News & Updates | No comment
The Bob Marley Museum was ‘a buzz’ with music industry professionals, politicians and tourists as JaRIA unveiled a full Calendar of activities for Reggae Month beginning January 29 with the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert on Orange Street. The show featured artistes such as Damian and Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, Junior Reid, Beres Hammond, Half Pint, John Holt and Ken Boothe.
Mr. Abishai Hoilett, youth representative on the JaRIA Board revealed that JaRIA’s signature event ‘Reggae Nights’ will be held at the Emancipation Park for this year to accommodate the many patrons who were unable to partake last year due to limited space at Edna Manley College. The weekly Wednesday events will dramatically chronicle the movement of reggae through a series of five live concerts featuring drumming, folk, mento, jazz, classical, dancehall and alternative. The first in the series of Wednesday Reggae Nights will feature Classical, Jazz, Mento and Ska and will showcase acts such as the Edna Manley College Orchestra, Pimento Players, Jamaica Symphony Orchestra, Gilzene and the Blue Light Mento Band, Jamarokaz, Maurice Gordon Quartet, Yaad Beat, Samuele Vivian, NRI Workshop and The Jolly Boys.
February 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm | News & Updates | No comment