Entertainment

Reggae Day looks to London

BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter
johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


The United Kingdom's impact on reggae is the focal point of this year's International Reggae Day, which is set for July 1. The celebration also salutes the 50th anniversary of reggae by using Toots and The Maytals' Do the Reggay and Larry and Alvin's Nanny Goat as the music's launching pad.

International Reggae Day conceptualiser Andrea Davis told the Jamaica Observer that with just under one month to go before the 24-hour media festival, plans are taking shape.

“We are finalising a list of media specials all over the world. Triggered by the Windrush scandal a few months ago, we have been forced to look at the UK and its importance to Jamaican music being an international force. As a result, we have licensed a number of events in the UK which will be staged on July. Once we have the final list, we will make it known,” she said. “We are also producing a digital magazine entitled July 1; this will feature some of the fantastic posters created by artists like the late Michael 'Freestylee' Thompson.”

The Windrush incident in the UK involves legal Caribbean residents wrongly identified as illegal immigrants and deported to their countries of birth. The SS Windrush was a ship that took many West Indian people to the UK in 1948.

Despite International Reggae Day's strides since starting in 1994, Davis said the event still struggles in Jamaica where it was conceived.

“Technology has made it much easier to reach a global audience. By 1996 when the Internet was first launched, our dream of reaching the world came closer to reality. The possibility of mobilising the ambitions of 100 million was a more pliable model. However, on the home front there is still a disconnect between capital and culture,” Davis explained. “Perhaps it's the fact that it is not a physical festival. But we will continue with this blueprint. It may take time but it is our belief that one day, when the time and balance is right, more persons will come to appreciate the concept.”

This year, Davis and her team are reintroducing the Reggae 360 initiative. This sees a number of business establishments, including salons, spas, restaurants and boutiques, offering discounts and specials to persons wearing reggae colours — red, greed, gold and black.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT