Street dance to celebrate International Reggae Day

June 30, 2017
Beres Hammond

As the world gets ready to observe another International Reggae Day (IRD), the home of reggae is gearing up to be the centre of the activities.

A street dance has been planned for tomorrow and is expected to be the main event for the 24-hour celebratory period.

U-Roy, Mutabaruka, Uprising Roots and Oku Onuora are among the acts scheduled to perform.

Set to take place at the Kingston waterfront, entry will be allowed to those who hold a no-cost ticket. Tickets can be obtained at the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation, Skateboard Palace and all reggae 360X locations, including M-10 Bar and Grill, Chilitos, Stone Love HQ and Eden Gardens.

Andrea Davis, one of the event organisers, told THE WEEKEND STAR that persons can expect nothing but good vibe as they observe the countless contributions of reggae music.

The event is expected to get under way at 4 p.m. and will continue until 2 a.m.

In addition to the musical activities, there will also be an awards ceremony as several industry insiders who have contributed to the development of reggae music will be recognised.

Among those to be honoured are Beres Hammond, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Osbourne 'King Tubby' Ruddock and Big Youth.

Several dub poets, including the late Louise Bennett-Coverley, are also to be recognised. The awards ceremony is expected to start at 8 p.m.

IRD will also be observed in several US states and several major global cities, including Paris, Ibiza, London, Madrid, Beijing, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Soweto.

IRD was inspired by Winnie Mandela during her official visit to Jamaica in July 1991 with her husband Nelson Mandela after his release from prison.

The day was launched on July 1, 1994. A registered trademark, IRD has been promoted as an annual event since its proclamation by Jamaica's governor general in 2000.

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