Reggae Month starts today with downtown Kingston street party

The annual Reggae Month celebrations begin today with a street party in downtown Kingston, the Ministry of Culture announced yesterday.

The party, which will take place on Orange Street, is being staged as a tribute to the late “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Brown.

February 1 marks the 62nd anniversary of Brown’s birth.

“This place has such significance in the story of Dennis Brown. He used to hang out at JJ’s Record Store where they blasted music across Orange Street in competition with Prince Buster’s Record Shop,” a news release from the ministry quotes Grange.

“It is also significant that we host this major opening event in Kingston, the UNESCO Creative City of Music. This street party will allow Jamaicans from all walks of life to come out to celebrate together — something Dennis would have wanted,” added Grange.

Later in the month there will be a Dennis Brown Tribute Concert at the Waterfront in downtown, Kingston. This years Reggae month is being celebrated under the theme ‘Celebrating Reggae’s Legacy’.

The street party in tribute to Brown will begin at 8:00 pm. It is one of two key activities on the opening day of Reggae Month. The other is the first in a series street dances dubbed ‘Reggae in the Park’ which will take place every Friday in the Linstead town square, St Catherine starting at midday.

‘Reggae in the Park’ dances will also take place on Wednesdays at Island Village in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Other activities for Reggae Month include a church service on February 3; the showing of a series of reggae films at Emancipation Park; a reggae music exhibition at the African Caribbean Institute, which will run for the entire month; concerts; the Global Reggae Conference; and nightly entertainment events across the country.