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Reggae history is made in the park

ENGINE behind Reggae Month celebrations, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) kicked off its weekly live concert series at the Emancipation Park in St Andrew last Wednesday.

The event, billed Genesis, was a virtual history lesson tracing Jamaican music development.

A fair-sized audience converged at the heart of the city’s popular green space, to see some of the new, up-and-coming, as well as the established exponents of the music. Read more

Happy Bob Marley Day! Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Makes the Reggae Singer’s Birthday a Canadian Holiday

Today would have been Bob Marley’s 69th birthday. So Rob Ford (the mayor of Toronto who admitted to smoking crack during “one of [his] drunken stupors” and still holds office. Really!) decreed it Bob Marley Day.

(Apparently the city of Toronto has been honoring Bob Marley Day for years now, but it’s Rob Ford we’re talking about here, so what do you expect?) Read more