Rebel's ready to Salute

Observer senior reporter

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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All is set for Rebel Salute at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann on Friday and Saturday.

A slew of top reggae acts will perform at the event, which began 26 years ago as a birthday celebration for reggae artiste-turned-promoter Tony Rebel. In 2014, it changed format to a two-night showcase at its present location.

Tony Rebel told the Jamaica Observer that all is in place in terms of production, with stage, lighting and sound equipment already at the venue.

“We are just making the final touches,” he explained to the Observer yesterday.

“From what we gather, all of the major resorts on the coast are at capacity in terms of occupancy, so we just hope all those people will be coming in for Rebel Salute 2019. The major acts are already here or are set to fly in by Friday. Dawn Penn is here... she had a rehearsal last night (Tuesday). Marvin Moore is here. The Wailers, Bob Marley's band is already in the house. The Africans are coming in ... Bobi Wine, the Ugandan politician and artiste is set to fly in tonight (Wednesday) and Nigerian Patoranking comes in on Friday. But all things are on track,” he said. “The thing I have learned as a promoter is that in order to make things manifest, the greatest thing to do is prepare and when the challenges come up, you just have to prepare even more.”

Among the artistes set perform on opening night are Anthony Malvo, Anu Brian Gold, Capleton, Cat Coore, Chezidek, Chuck Fender, Dawn Penn, Junior Kelly, Koffee, Luciano, Marcia Aitken, The Mighty Diamonds, Mykal Rose, Wayne Marshall, Wayne Wonder and The Wailers.

Closing night features Agent Sasco, Bobi Wine, Bushman, Chalice, Chi Ching Ching, Dre Island, Davianah, Echo Minott, Fantan Mojah, Garnett Silk Jr, Half Pint, Horace Andy, Jah Cure, Jesse Royal, Leroy Smart, Ken Boothe, Queen Ifrica, Rodney Price, Turbulence, Yellowman and others.

Tony Rebel said that over the years tourists made up 48 per cent of the patrons at Rebel Salute. He is encouraging more Jamaicans to come to the festival.

“Do not allow the visitors to know and experience what we have here more than our locals. I am calling on the locals who have never witnessed Rebel Salute to come out and experience what persons are flying in to take part in. Don't wait until UNESCO or other international organisations say it... Come experience it for yourself and know that what we have here in Jamaica is great, should be cherished and is an example to the rest of the world,” stated Tony Rebel.

For the third consecutive year, Rebel Salute has been granted an exemption under the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act. This allows a reprieve on penalties for persons in the possession of small amounts of ganja and for the smoking of the weed.

The Herb Conference will be held at Island Village in Ocho Rios today and a symposium at the show's venue on Saturday. This will complement the Herb Curb, a showcase of all things ganja, which will be held throughout the festival.

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