Welcome to the 14th Annual
2021’s theme is ‘Come Ketch de Riddim Virtually’ and is presented by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports (MCGES). Sponsors include the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the Ministry of Tourism, JCDC, and JaRIA.
Here’s what you need to know about Reggae Month:
“Reggae Month was officially proclaimed and first staged in 2008, spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture and powered by the Jamaican Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA).
The focus of Reggae Month is “edutainment”, highlighting Jamaica’s musical history and heritage. The annual celebration has been a success, attracting on average 40,000 attendees each year. This success is made possible by the overwhelming support of media partners and music industry practitioners, in addition to dedicated government and corporate sponsors who share the Reggae Month vision.
The goal of Reggae Month is to attract international acclaim for Jamaica as the Reggae mecca of the world, enhance travel and tourism for the month of February, and provide an educational platform of entertainment for all ages.” ~From Reggae Month Jamaica.com
Month of Events Planned
But in the time of COVID, this year’s festivities are a bit different. All events, panels, shows, and the annual JaRIA Honour Awards will be online. Here’s the 2021 Calendar for your information and daily event guidance.JaRIA (Jamaica ‘s Reggae Industry Association) is hosting a Reggae Rewind Tribute session every Wednesday, beginning with the Toots’ Tribute on Feb. 3. Watch each Wednesday’s stream at 7 p.m. here.
Every Thursday, JaRIA offers Reggae Open University. These sessions will educate and inform viewers on the history and current state of Reggae by having conversations with local and international experts and pros. Watch the livestream at 6 p.m. here.
The JaRIA Honour Awards will stream on Sunday, Feb. 28. This year’s honorees are listed here.
Reggae Month presents Reggae Global Night every Saturday, beginning with a Bob Marley tribute on the 6th and ending with a performance by Grammy-award winner Koffee on Feb. 27. An online JA Music Conference will be held every Sunday, and Friday’s offer Reggae Films.
Check the calendar of more info or download the Reggae Jamaica app for iPhone and Android here. All dates and times are subject to change.