RICHIE STEPHENS & THE SKA NATION
Reggae Sumfest started in 1993 and is the largest concert festival in Jamaica, taking place each year in mid-July in Montego Bay. Sumfest kicks off on Sunday with the Sumfest Beach Party held at the Aquasol Theme Park located on the Walter Fletcher Beach Complex; the All White Party (dress code) held on Tuesday at Pier 1 On the Waterfront followed by Sound Explosion and two nights of electrifying live performances beginning with Dancehall Night on Friday and finishes with Reggae Night on Saturday at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.
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RICHIE STEPHENS & THE SKA NATION
Welton Irie began his career performing as simply 'Welton' on the Sir John the President and Big John's Stereophonic Sound sound systems (the latter later known as Echo Tone Hi Fi), in 1976, initially heavily influenced by Ranking Trevor. After building up a sizeable following, he was able to introduce young talent such as General Echo to the sound system. Welton moved on to the Gemini and Virgo sound systems and began a partnership with Lone Ranger, the two beginning their recording careers together as a duo for Studio One, in a similar vein to Michigan & Smiley with tracks such as "Chase Them Crazy". On Studio One boss Coxsone Dodd's recommendation, he extended his stage name to Welton Irie. The pair's partnership was short-lived with both going on to solo careers.
The Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys School, Alpha Industrial School and Alpha Cottage) turns 137 years young May 1st 2017. Reggae icon Marcia Griffiths has a special song for everybody who donates to Alpha or purchases a product from Alpha during the month of May 2017. Click here to visit the Shop on Alpha Boys School Radio.
Marcia Griffiths has a special birthday message for friends and family of Alpha...
Liverpool's award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage returns in June for a jam-packed weekend of cultural appreciation, positivity and just great vibes.
The festival is the immediate past winner of the 'Best New Festival' at the UK Festival Awards 2016. Positive Vibration will once again take place in Liverpool from June 9-10, 2017.
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PBS 106.7FM Melbourne’s ska, rocksteady and early reggae party Jamaica Jump-Up is back after a summer break with a massive line-up for a very special, one-off fundraiser for the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica.
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Featuring live performances from none other than the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Ska Vendors and The Moonhops! Yes, THREE huge live sets from some of Melbourne’s most celebrated ska/rocksteady outfits.
Plus, selections by our own Mohair Slim (Blue Juice Radio Show, PBS 106.7FM), Jesse I (Babylon Burning radio show, PBS 106.7FM), Rick Howe (Riddim Yard, PBS 106.7FM) with guest selectors Systa BB (@The Good, The Dub, The Global, Triple R - 3RRR 102.7FM) and Fabulous Fez.
Thank Goodness It's February! February is Reggae Month and there is so much to celebrate and do/ Jack Sprat's 15th Anniversary promises to be a 3-day reggae celebration of food (check our the menu below!), music and fun in one of the most unique settings in Jamaica - Jack Sprat next to Jakes Resort in Treasure Beach on the South Coast.
On February 11 , 2017 at 6 pm the London-based selector David Rodigan brings decades of experience and knowledge to Jack Sprat's seaside anniversary party. Admission is only JA$300 (for those who want the VIP treatment its a cool JA$1,000).
Theme: Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 5th edition of the International Reggae Poster Contest 2016 opened for entries on November 1st and will run until January, 31st, 2017 (12am EST time). The 100 best posters will be selected by a jury panel of design professionals and will be exhibited in our Art of Reggae exhibitions around the world. The Art of Reggae Exhibitions are curated and presented as a platform to share the vision for a Reggae Hall of Fame Museum for Kingston, Jamaica. Click here for the Rules & Regulations on the reggaepostercontest.com page. Read the full post for more details.
Around Town: Embassy of Mexico in Kingston celebrates 50 years with dance and music events in September
The Embassy of Mexico has organised a number of cultural activities to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic ties with Jamaica.
September 14, Edna Manley College
A special dance class exploring Mexican and Jamexican forms.
September 17, Little Theatre in Kingston
A concert featuring the Guadalajara Dance Company and the ‘Orgullo de Jalisco’ Mariachi Band
Orgullo de Jalisco will also conduct a class with the students of the Immaculate Conception High School in Kingston.
Tickets for the activities can be purchased at the Edna Manley College, Little Theatre and UWI.