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Reggae Salute bows in on Heroes Weekend

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM
King Jammy introducing former clash rival, fellow veteran disc jockey David Rodigan at Dubwise, recently.

Reggae in its purest form is synonymous with struggle. This is underscored by the lyrics of such artistes like the legendary Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Luciano, as well as a host of others.

In this regard, it is only natural that the music be used to salute and pay homage to our Heroes. To this end, US-based Jamaican, Carlos Daley, through his CRS Promotions company, will be staging the inaugural Reggae Salute on Heroes Weekend this October.

The weekend of activities will be highlighted by a major dance on Saturday (October 13) at Sabina Park, featuring the likes of Metro Media, King Jammys, and Travellers sound systems, along with selectors Alanzo Hawk, Boom Boom and Kool's Ivor Smith.

"Sound systems gave birth to the music, so it is only natural that they are featured at the first staging," said Daley.

"The four-day event opens on Friday, October 12 with a tour of the historical Trench Town, arguably the cradle of our music. On Sunday, there will be the popular Ray Town dance, a beach excursion and tour of the Bob Marley Museum, wrapping up with a visit to the National Heroes awards ceremony on Monday," he continued.

Daley and his coordinating team, which includes Courtney Sergeant and other musicologists, think the time is right to merge revolutionary music with heroes who are revolutionaries in their own right.

He is hoping to sell packages to reggae-loving tourists from across the globe, as well as Jamaicans coming home for the holiday weekend.

"Reggae Salute will be a musical embodiment of the passionate resistance to oppression, championed by our national heroes," Daley said.