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Prince Harry embraces reggae

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

Tuesday, May 08, 2012



HE 'beat' champion sprinter Usain Bolt in a match race during his visit to Jamaica in March, but that seem not enough for Britain's Prince Harry.


The Sun tabloid reports that Harry has been telling friends he wants to be a reggae deejay.


During his four-day visit, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II savoured some of Jamaica's popular culture.


He visited the Rise Life Project in downtown Kingston where he jammed to Marley's One Love and met the legendary singer's widow Rita.


According to The Sun, Harry has been receiving secret deejay lessons as well as added reggae to his vinyl collection through specialist online stores.


"Harry has always been interested in music, but Jamaica was a real eye- opener. He started looking into reggae as soon as he got back to the UK," The Sun quoted a source as saying.


"Meeting Rita Marley was a great inspiration too. She seems to have had a big impact on him."


Prince Harry is not the first royalty to be entranced by reggae music.


His father, Prince Charles heir to the British throne, certainly took to the beat while visiting Jamaica in 2000 and 2008.


Donning a Rasta tam, he attempted some reggae moves while touring sections of Marley's old stomping ground, Trench Town, in February 2000.


Eight years later, he was at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road with his wife Camilla Parker Bowles. They joined a group of Rastafarians in a ceremonial beating of the drums to the amusement of a large crowd.