Reggae Month and Its Celebrations

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Reggae Month and Its Celebrations - Reggae Month is an annual celebration of reggae music for the entire month of February.

Organised by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) since 2009.

Sir Jimmy Cliff

February was officially declared as Reggae Month by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, at a ceremony held on (Jan. 24) at King's House.

Sir Kenneth read the formal proclamation, which will also provide for the annual celebration of the music genre, for which Jamaica is known around the world.

Several dignitaries headed by Prime Minister, Bruce Golding and key stakeholders in the local music industry, participated in the historic launch, which followed Mr. Golding's announcement, on January 9, of Government's decision to declare February as Reggae Month annually.

The Month calendar of activities features JaRIA's signature events including, Reggae Open University, its signature Reggae Wednesdays, and the JaRIA Honour Awards.

JaRIA is an independent, non-aligned, non-governmental, non-profit organization through which all stakeholders in the music industry can continuously collaborate with each other, as one, united, independent collective interest.

WHAT IS REGGAE MUSIC?

Reggae Music is a genre of music which originated on the island of Jamaica in the late 1960s to early 1970s.

How can you differentiate reggae from another genre of music? It is instantly recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, and the offbeat rhythm section.

One of the most easily recognizable elements is its offbeat rhythms, staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure.

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