The 2011 Makka Pro surfing contest being hosted by the Jamaica Surfing Association at the Makka Surfing Beach at Southaven, Yallahs St. Thomas, is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever surf events in Jamaican surf history! The event, set for July 29-31 is attracting enquiries from pro surfers from Trinidad to New York as this year’s Makka Pro is the 3rd event in the 2011 Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series.
With the recent successes by Jamaican surfers on the regional and international stages, the surfing world is now taking this adventure sport in Jamaica much more seriously. The Makka Pro, now in its 5th year, is demonstrating that the Jamaica Surfing Association is committed to ensuring Jamaica becomes recognized as a genuine destination for adventurous surf travelers. The Makka Pro is sponsored by The Jamaica Tourist Board, Insight, 7Union, SDF, Spanish Court Hotel, Able Planet, Wata, Xtrak, Arnette, OAM, Dakin, Magma, and Millennium Paving Stones.
July 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Jamaica Events | 3 comments
On Saturday July 16, 2011 Grammy winning, diamond-selling Reggae superstar Orville “Shaggy” Burrell hosted a free block party on Knutsford Boulevard in Kingston to celebrate the launch of his album “Summer in Kingston” and the premiere of the video for his new single “Sugarcane”.
( Photo by Varun Baker )
Patrons were treated to performances by Agent Sasco, Chino, Di Genius, Stone Love, Renaissance and Ity and Fancy Cat among others. The boulevard was packed with people who showed up in droves to see the spectacle which included race car displays, surprise performances by elite members of Jamaica’s music fraternity and a VIP area set up with a Sugarcane and “Jelly” theme. Popular Jamaican comedians and the night’s masters of ceremony Ity and Fancy Cat were the first to entertain the ever-expanding crowd who thoroughly enjoyed their particular brand of humour.
July 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
Music fans from across the globe make a pilgrimage to Jamaica’s beautiful resort capital Montego Bay year after year to see “The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth”, Reggae Sumfest. Set for July 17-23, 2011 the biggest reggae event of the summer brings to the stage the very best local and international stars in reggae, dancehall and rock.
First staged in 1993, Reggae Sumfest quickly became the world’s premiere reggae music event. The festival showcases the best of Dancehall and Reggae music, as well as top R&B/Hip Hop performers and offers delicious Jamaican cuisine and arts and crafts to boot. 2011 will mark the 19th staging of this week-long festival kicks off with a beach party on July 17 to be followed by three nights of electrifying live performances beginning on July 21. Past international performers have included Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Neyo, Toni Braxton, Usher, Chris Brown, and this year’s headline acts include Rap sensation Nicki Minaj and R&B singer R. Kelly.
July 10, 2011 at 10:00 am | Jamaica Events | No comment
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.
June 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
Hundreds of fashionistas and members of the mainstream media from around the world once again returned to Jamaica for the 11th staging of Pulse’s Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW). Held from June 8-13, 2011 at the National Indoor Sports Arena in Kingston. This year CFW delivered once again the quality entertainment and top tier designs it is known for.
( via KingstonStyle )
Attendees enjoyed 3 nights of live entertainment and saw electrifying performances by Jamaican songbird Tanya Stephens, Dancehall superstar Mavado, Soca giants Machel Montano, David Rudder and Fab 5 as well as R&B artiste Joe and self-proclaimed “King of the Dancehall” Beenie Man. After parties at Studio 38, Fiction and Club Privilege were also a welcome treat. This year’s host of master designers included British-Jamaican fashion designer Sandra Kennedy, Trinidad’s acclaimed Claudia Pegus, Jamaica’s Barry Moncrieffe and Mutamba plus Vogue stylist Gavin Douglas. There were also some fresh designers with colourful statements to make.
Hundreds of fashionistas and members of the mainstream media from around the world will once again return to Jamaica for the 11th staging of Pulse’s Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW). Set for June 8-13, 2011 at the National Indoor Sports Arena in Kingston. CFW boasts some of the most recognisable faces in world modelling, plus top stylists from Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia in addition to the best designers the Caribbean has to offer.
Known for quality entertainment as well as designs CFW has in the past seen the likes performers Eve and Kelly Rowland as well as such personalities as Nia Long, the event is a style package that boasts high entertainment value.The result of the past stagings were extremely successful with record attendances at the shows. 2011 promises further advances as Pulse looks to present the “best of the best” in celebration of the 11th staging of the event. This year will see an expansion of the live entertainment packages, with even bigger names and full-length concert performances, immediately following the fashion shows.
June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
Jamaica’s ‘village of eight rivers’ will come alive with the sounds of cool jazz by top local stars and internationally renowned artists as we celebrate the 21st anniversary of The Jamaica International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival from June 11-19. 2011. The festival, which has earned a well-deserved reputation as the Caribbean’s best mainstream jazz festival will feature over 30 events throughout the island from Negril, Montego Bay, Runaway Bay, South Coast, Port Antonio to Kingston during “Jazz Week”.
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The annual festival has over the course of 21 years developed and established itself as a recognized authority for promoting and showcasing distinguished International as well as Jamaican and Caribbean Jazz musicians/artists. Its format is one of a kind and is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of “Classical Black Music and America’s First Art Form.” The opening night of this year’s staging of the International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival will serve as Jamaica’s first major event in celebration of the International Year for People of African Descent.
May 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
The 4th annual Jamaica Reggae Film Festival is fast approaching and film buffs from all over are anticipating its arrival. Set for May 23-27 at Studio 38, Trafalgar Road, New Kingston. Held each year by the Jamaica Film Academy the Reggae Film Festival attracts productions from all over the world that are part of a growing genre of films depicting aspects of Jamaican culture, music and history and the ways in which this music culture has impacted the world. The event includes premieres, seminars, competitions, new digital media work, live music performances and star-studded gala events.
A main focus of interest at the festival this year is the Make A Film In 24 Hours competition, in which teams will use any media to make a 5-minute film in 24 hours and compete for prizes including cash, Jamaican vacations and entry in international film festivals. Entries in the 2011 Reggae Film Festival have come from the USA, UK, Antigua, Poland, Brazil and Catalonia, with the largest number of entries from Jamaica whose 11 entries include animation, short and long features and documentaries. This year’s festival includes five films by female directors, including the short features Dinner by Tameka Jarvis-George of Antigua, and Reckoning by Jamaican film student Jovel Johnson.
April 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Kingston | No comment
Over the past 23 years, Bacchanal Jamaica has grown to be the only complete entertainment package that unites thousands of Jamaicans and visitors for a ten week “feel good fest”. Bacchanal Jamaica 2011 (February 18-May 1) will offer over ten weeks of twenty-eight high-energy, fun-filled events kicking off with the Beach Jouvert and ending with the Road March, a costumed street parade where revelers enjoy soca, calypso and reggae music.
( via Bacchanal Jamaica )
The coveted carnival costumes will portray the theme “Once Upon a Dynasty” heralding the greatness of historical kingdoms, legends and dynasties and already masses of people have secured their costumes for the event. Patrons await the official Opening Night, to be held on February 18th 2011. The costumes will be displayed to the general public setting the pace for the theme “Once Upon a Dynasty”. Mas Camp Fridays will run every Friday for a full nine weeks from 18th February to 15th April 2011.
February 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Jamaica Events | 1 comment
Jamaica’s resort capital Montego Bay will be buzzing with excitement from February 14-27 as it hosts twelve top football nations from North America, Central America and the Caribbean for the CONCACAF Under 17 World Cup qualifiers. The teams, including Jamaica, Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and El Salvador, will battle at Jarrett Park and the Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay.
The top four teams will advance to this summer’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup, June 18 – July 10, where they will join host Mexico. “Jamaica is proud to welcome the region’s top youth footballers along with their families for this competition. They will also have an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of our beautiful island,” says John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism and Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board. “We are happy to showcase the beauty of Jamaica and offer our warm hospitality to the players, their families and tournament officials. Visitors traveling to witness this spectacle are guaranteed a great time in a great destination,” said Lynch.
February 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm | News & Updates | No comment