Reggae Month 2021 is on regardless of the continued pandemic that has pressured the cancellation of many related occasions. Issues look looking forward to the month-long celebration of considered one of Jamaica’s most well-known creations. It will likely be organized by the Reggae Month Secretariat. That group is a collective of members from Jamaica’s ministries of tourism and tradition, gender, leisure and sports activities, and the Jamaica Reggae Business Affiliation (JaRIA).
Whereas there will likely be no gatherings to rejoice the style, Leisure and Tradition Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange has given the reassurance that there’ll nonetheless be a month of celebration. She was talking throughout final Sunday’s, January 10, televised launch of Reggae Month.
She defined that regardless that the present will now be held, nearly these concerned usually are not daunted by the duty that lays forward to make sure a profitable celebration of reggae.
“We are going to use Reggae Month to extend additional the capability of our technical creatives by means of digital workshops in such areas as sound engineering, lighting and stage administration. We can even use the chance to organise masterclasses in areas during which we consider there’s a data deficit,” she mentioned.
She additionally mentioned it was alternative to study extra about different areas like publishing, and “the totally different types of music rights, and different areas which is able to put our songwriters, and artistes on the suitable path to really incomes from their artistic works.”
Reggae Month 2021 will start Sunday, January 31, and kicks off with a church service. The occasion will go all through February and can function a sequence of digital occasions. Among the occasions anticipated embody a dialogue sequence, “Grounation,” which was organized by the Jamaica Music Museum, “Reggae Movies On-line,” and a digital soundclash.
Ewan Simpson, chairman of JaRIA additionally shared how the group will participate within the occasion by means of a number of panel discussions on ‘Reggae, Rasta and Resistance’, which is a part of the favored Reggae Open College sequence.
“We’re going digital with all our occasions, reaching a world viewers and collaborating globally as we rejoice Jamaica and reggae because the leisure mecca of the world . This joint panel with our brothers and sisters in Florida will have a look at the position performed by reggae and Rastafari in efforts such because the Black Lives Matter motion,” he added.