It’s without doubt that there are millions of Reggae fans all across the globe; from those only familiar with Bob Marley and songs like ‘One Love’ to those who follow the musical catalogues of artistes such as Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond and Lee Scratch Perry. For these people, travelling to Jamaica to experience reggae in the atmosphere of true Jamaican nightlife is the ultimate musical experience.
This is why the annual Reggae Sumfest achieves such a large following. Still, there is a festival of smaller size but equal potency, the majestic Reggae Salute. What began as a show to commemorate the January 15th birthday of reggae icon Patrick “Tony Rebel” Barrett has become a staple on the live music events calendar. The difference that separates Rebel Salute from other stage-shows is that it’s purely reggae. Not only does the show only showcase reggae, but it conforms to certain authentic, Rastafarian principles.
Rebel Salute treats patrons to a drug-free, violence-free, alcohol-free, meat-free, family-oriented environment and attracts thousands of patrons each year. To this end, Rebel Salute has captured the adoration of reggae lovers worldwide and is hailed as the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music.
Rebel Salute, though a pure reggae showcase does feature a wider array of musical performances. As an example, the show often comes complete with a touch of a reggae forerunner, Mento, in the oh-so-swagging Jolly Boys for example, or through to the thumping Dancehall of say, Busy Signal as well as other Jamaican musical forms in-between.
Other performancesoften includes the combination of Ernie Smith, The Mighty Diamonds, Pablo Moses, and The Abyssinians, Queen Ifrica, Chezideck, Singing Melody, I-Wayne, IbaMahr, Sizzla as well as latecomers Protoje, Chronixx and a slew of other performers.
How Do I Get There?
Rebel Salute has changed drastically over the years. The show has seen numerous developments to become a festival of world class standards. One of the changes that has been made is in terms of a new venue and an additional day. At present, Rebel Salute is being held at Richmond Estate in Priory, St Ann, after a long run at Port Kaiser Sports Complex in St Elizabeth and before that Brooks Park in Mandeville.
Richmond Estate opened as a showground in the early 2000’s, and has been home to many memorable events since then. In fact, it’s considered one of the best outdoor show venues in the island. Moreover, St. Ann features popular attractions such as Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove. Because of this, it’s not difficult to get to the location from Sangster’s International Airport at the west of the island. Still, getting to the grounds can prove quite a challenge during the period around Rebel Salute.
Yes, everyone wants to experience Jamaica’s leading conscious reggae showcase. As you can imagine, droves of people pour into St. Ann around the Rebel Salute period. You don’t want to get caught in the confusion of booking a place to stay as well as finding transportation during the final rush. For an enjoyable trip, it’s essential that you plan early and with the aid of trained, knowledgeable professionals. Of course, we will make it easy for you — all you need to do is to make the choice and notify MJ Travel Group, a world class travel agency that will handle your complete trip.
As the 2014 staging beckons, will you be a part of the masses? Remember, all you have to do is contact your travel agent for full details and the Rebel Salute experience will be at your fingertips.
By: Norvan Martin