Kgn at hub of Int'l Reggae Day 2015
Today is International Reggae Day 2015, the annual July 1 celebration being marked across the globe in Miami, Ft Lauderdale and New York (USA), Honolulu (Hawaii), Bombay (India), as well as London (England), Rio (Brazil), Mexico City and Madrid (Spain).
Of course, Kingston is central to the celebrations, and there will be a number of activities in the city. In the evening, a digital art exhibition will be projected on the wall of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, which is where the festival's all-day conference will also be held, starting at 8:30 a.m.
In the evening, sound systems will be honoured at Countryside Club, Courtney Walsh Drive near Half-Way Tree. There, Lloyd 'King Jammy' James will mix live, with Winston 'Merritone' Blake also at the control tower. Other selectors for the evening include UK selector MixMasterJay, with BESS FM and Sun City FM having a presence as well.
In recognition of the sound
system's seminal role in the development of Jamaican popular music, International Reggae Day will award Merritone Music, King Jammy, Stone Love Movement, Prince Buster's Voice of the People, the late Louise Fraser-Bennett, Japanese sound system Mighty Crown, and the Jamaica Sound System Federation on behalf of the entire sound system movement. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the party starts at 8 p.m.
Combining lifestyle and music, Yoga and Digital Art in The Park is scheduled for Emancipation Park, with yoga at 6 p.m. and art at 7 p.m. International Reggae Day ambassador Jah9, whose discography includes the album New Name, is an avid yoga practitioner.
All the Kingston events will be only on July 1. The Kingston events will be streamed on www.ireggaeday.com, which also has a full roster of the events.