THE Ministry of Tourism will create an international reggae music museum in Kingston, as one of the projects planned for Reggae Month in February.
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, made the announcement at Sunday night’s media launch for the annual event at Ribbiz, Victoria Pier, Kingston waterfront. He said the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) will provide the initial funding of $25 million.
According to Bartlett, the funds will be utilised in the scoping, design and development of the museum, after which a location will be found and a budget allocated for its completion.
“We need to collect all the artefacts from across the island and the world, and to bring them here, to repatriate that key part of our cultural patrimony that now resides in different places across the world and bring it to Jamaica,” Bartlett said.
He added that the museum would be one of two “wonderful things” which have happened to Jamaican music recently, the other being the designation of the music as a world intangible asset by UNESCO.
Reggae Month commences with Reggae in the Village in Ocho Rios and Linstead’s Reggae In the Park on February 1, but officially opens two days later with a church service and a grounation. Other highlights include – Reggae Celebrates at the Bob Marley Museum on February 6, Marley’s birthday; Reggae on the Waterfront at Ribbiz on February 10; and the Reggae Gold reception and awards ceremony on February 27.