Rain or shine the Downtown Christmas Market welcomes local farmers, budding artists, and talented craftsmen to F&B Downtown. Christmas Lunch will be hosted in the recently opened 'Q' section. Snacks as well as wine and cocoa tea will be on sale and available for tasting. Parking is available at F&B Downtown's Parking lot on Water Lane. Take your gifts and have them Wrapped For A Cause to support Alpha Institute!
On January 9th 2008 the Government of Jamaica announced that the month of February was to be officially declared as Reggae Month. This was done to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country’s social, cultural and economic development. Additionally, the birthdays of two of Jamaica’s and Reggae Music’s late icons are commemorated during the month of February: The late Dennis Brown also known as the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’, is celebrated on February 1, while the late Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, the renowned ‘King of Reggae’ is celebrated on February 6.
Coordinated by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association), check the JaRIA Facebook page for the latest updates about this year's activities. See last year's calendar below...
(London, England) Dub Vendor is a long-standing, and pioneering, London vendor of Ska and Reggae music. In 2006, Time Out magazine termed it "the best source of Jamaican music in Europe". The growth of the online business meant that in 2011 the decision was made to close the store at Clapham Junction and concentrate solely online.
Following requests from patrons, and to mark its 40th anniversary, Dub Vendor will be staging a fund raising reunion dance. Hosted by Daddy Ernie and featuring Tippa Irie as well as other fabulous artists, this event will be in support of Alpha Institute. Please see the flyer below for complete charity details. Tickets are £15.00 plus £1.50 booking fee. £5 from every ticket sold will go to Alpha Institute. Purchase your tickets now on the Dub Vendor website.
The Reggae Sumfest road trip from Kingston to Montego Bay is one of the best of the summer. This year there is a whole week of Sumfest dance sessions and activities July 16-22. Click here to buy tickets on the Sumfest site! To get to Montego Bay from Kingston its a quick drive north through the mountains to Ocho Rios, take a left and one and a half hours of seaside towns and long stretches of beach later you've arrived at your destination--the 25th staging of the legendary Reggae Sumfest. The new toll road from Kingston to Ochi is always there for those in a rush. But if you have the time, the old road through Moneague and Fern Gully is the thing to do!
The first signs of Carnival in Jamaica began in the 1940’s with the opening of the University of the West Indies. This happened when the students from the Eastern Caribbean, especially those of Trinidad and Tobago, recreated the festival on campus of the elaborate Carnivals they enjoyed from back home. A tradition that continues on the campus to this day. However, Carnival at the time was still viewed as a foreign concept for the rest of the Jamaican public.
In 1989, the late Jamaican music pioneer, Byron Lee, along with a small band of believers, conceptualized a plan to bring the music, energy and vibe of Trinidad & Tobago’s annual Carnival event to Jamaica.
The Rae Town Old Hits dance session now takes place next to the Kingston Cricket Club in Sabina Park every Sunday, starting at 10:30PM. Hundreds of loyal patrons return every Sunday to hear local and international hits as well as rare cuts from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The entrance charge is JA$200. Listen to a special Rae Town Old Hits tribute below!