Grange anticipating biggest Reggae Month celebration

January 22, 2020
Olivia Grange

Minister of Culture Olivia Grange says that there is so much widespread interest in the upcoming Reggae Month celebration in February that “it should easily be the biggest” since its inception in 2008.

Grange noted that “a plethora” of events are being planned right across the island in an effort to foster inclusiveness and local participation.

“Our lead-up to February’s Reggae Month has covered a lot of ground, both locally and internationally, to where I am confident that this will be the biggest and best ever,” she said. “We have been putting in the work, and the feedback we have been getting from all our partners has been nothing short of amazing.”

Grange said that she has personally given a directive for events on the local front to be more inclusive, pointing to the importance of the sound systems to the evolution of reggae, and also the scores of pioneers who have played their part in taking the genre “from our local shores to inside the hallways of the Grammy Awards”.

She said that a deliberate attempt has been made to broaden the scope as it relates to what will be presented to the public.

‘Something for everyone’

“We have to do it in such a way where there is a national buy-in and where there is a feeling that there is something in it for everyone,” she said. “We are introducing and have identified some areas that we want to focus the country on … that we want to focus the world on.”

Grange said that she was equally thrilled that Reggae Month 2020 would coincide with the 75th birthday of Jamaica’s musical icon, the late Bob Marley, adding that there are also plans to incorporate events “to show our respect to one of the greatest musicians ever and also to one of our national assets”.

Several music greats hail from Clarendon, including Toots Hibbert, Denroy Morgan, and Cocoa Tea.

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