Inicia en Jamaica el Mes del Reggae para celebrar la expresión musical nacional

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Febrero será el “mes del reggae” en Jamaica

Jamaica se prepara para un febrero a ritmo de reggae, con una programación que busca estimular el género internacionalizado por Bob Marley y considerado hoy uno de sus más sólidos valores musicales.

Durante el lapso oficialmente designado como «mes del reggae», las autoridades se proponen, en opinión de la ministra de Juventud y Cultura, Lisa Hanna, ratificar que la isla es la cuna de esta música y como tal reclama su posición cultural en el mundo.

En el lanzamiento anticipado de la programación realizado en el museo de Bob Marley, Hanna abogó por convertir el género en una industria que beneficie a los jamaicanos y haga sentir orgullosas a las nuevas generaciones.

Por su parte el ministro de Turismo, Damion Crawford, ratificó el apoyo oficial al reggae y abogó porque nuevamente juegue un papel positivo en la sociedad, en alusión al carácter social de las canciones de Marley y otros pioneros.

Este año el programa comienza con un simposio y un concierto en homenaje a Dennis Brown, considerado el príncipe del reggae, como parte de una proyección para dar a conocer a los jóvenes las raíces del género.

Aunque comenzó su carrera artística con fuerte influencia del soul, Brown es reconocido en Jamaica como uno de los talentos naturales del reggae, sobre todo por sus canciones centradas en el amor, la paz y la tolerancia.

Registró su primer éxito en la isla con No man is an Island en 1969, cuando tenía 11 años de edad, e internacionalmente en 1972 con Money in my Pocket. Su álbum Visions fue seleccionado como la mejor producción del género en 1977.

Como sucede con muchas estrellas de éxito prematuro tuvo una trayectoria inestable e irregular que lo llevó a la muerte en 1999, sin llenar las expectativas de quienes en sus inicios lo vieron como el probable sucesor de Marley, el reconocido rey del reggae

Publicado en Felatraccs

 

Reggae Month Celebrations Under Way Today

The ninth staging of the annual Reggae Month celebrations got under way today with a church service at the Praise City International Centre in Trench Town.

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has announced that the theme for this year’s celebrations is Reggae Mekyah, which serves to highlight the country as creators of reggae.

The 2016 Reggae Month calendar of activities has been set, and some of the events that will be featured throughout the month-long celebrations are the Reggae Open University, the JaRIA Honour Awards, and Reggae Wednesdays. The latter will commence on February 3 at Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree and will feature performances by Lloyd Parks and the We The People band, Ken Boothe, U-Roy, Big Youth, BBC 1Extra DJs (Toddla T/ Seani B/ David Rodigan), Akwaaba Drummers, Grace Thrillers, and Stone Love (Wee Pow).

The signature event will take place at the same venue every Wednesday for the entire month of February and will feature some of reggae’s biggest entertainers each week.

For 2016, the JaRIA Open University will seek to remain true to its name as a forum to engage the community on topics affecting the creative industry, focusing on music in particular. The sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Vera Moody Concert Hal, School of Music, at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. The talks open on February 2, with conversations on the implications of the Creative City status for Kingston and the nation at large and will continue on February 4 with a debate on the issue of foreign reggae acts outselling local acts.

The month-long celebration will also include JaRIA-endorsed events such as the Bob Marley celebrations at the Bob Marley Museum on February 6 and the Bob Marley Tribute concert on February 7. The annual Dennis Brown tribute concert will be held at the waterfront, downtown Kingston on Saturday, February 27.

Reggae Month will then officially culminate with the JaRIA Honour Awards on February 28 at the Courtleigh Auditorium. There, 24 individuals from 17 categories in various sectors of the music industry will be honoured for their outstanding contributions to music. Persons interested in viewing the full calendar of events can do so by visiting www.jariajamaicamusic.com.

The announcement of this year’s Reggae Month theme is coupled with news that Kingston was named as one of the 47 creative cities in the world by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The country was specifically named for music.

Publicado en Jamaica Gleaner

Reggae Month Declaration:

“Reggae is the heartbeat of Jamaica…the unique music that springs from the creative imagination of a diverse people, forged in a crucible of common experiences, struggles, successes and spirituality that survived the Middle Passage to become our indigenous creation, our national expression, our musical voice in the world, a driving force of our economy and the industry providing the greatest opportunity to transform the country…” 

2016 Theme: “Reggae Mekyah”

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association is proud to present the 9th staging of Reggae Month! Reggae Month 2016’s calendar of activities features JaRIA’s signature events including, Reggae Open University, its signature Reggae Wednesdays, and the JaRIA Honour Awards.

Publicado en Sitio Oficial de JARIA

JaRIA to honour 17

SOME of Jamaican music’s noted stalwarts will be honoured by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) during its annual awards at Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on February 28.

Pioneer artiste, sound system operator and producer Prince Buster tops the list of awardees. He is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Born Cecil Campbell, Prince Buster is responsible for some of reggae’s early iconic songs. They include his Wash, Wash and Judge Dread, as well as Oh Carolina by the Ffolkes Brothers, which he produced.

The Mentorship Award goes to Junior Lincoln. Trumpeter Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore and

Irie FM’s Karl Young will be recognised posthumously for their “exceptional contribution” to the reggae industryProducers Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; ska great Wilburn ‘Stranger’ Cole, deejay Winston ‘Yellowman’ Foster, singers Ernie Smith, Gem Myers, Claudelle Clarke and Sister Scully; recording engineers Chris Daley and David Rowe; the Gemini and Jack Scorpio sound systems; musicians Boris Gardiner and Fil Callender; and broadcaster Alan Magnus are the other awardees.

Seven artistes will receive the Icon Award — Stranger Cole, Yellowman, Myers, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Sister Scully and Claudelle Clarke.

Magnus, who has worked at Radio Jamaica since the 1960s, will receive the award for Extraordinary Impact on the Reggae Industry.

Promoters of popular ‘vintage’ reggae show Startime will also be recognised.

The recipients of Breakthrough Artiste of The Year and Song of The Year will be announced at the event, which caps JaRIA’s celebration of Reggae Month.

Publicado en Jamaica Observer
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