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Conscious Reggae Party part of genre's revival

Published:Friday | February 15, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Chronixx - File photos
Cordel Green
William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke
William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke

With fast-rising reggae artiste Chronixx as the headline act for February 22's edition of the Conscious Reggae Party being just one of many stellar acts on the live music series, the event is helping to push reggae music in Jamaica.

On February 8, Bunny Rugs was the headline act and used the platform to showcase his album, Time.

Rugs, though a massive superstar, is not the first to have graced the Conscious Reggae Party's stage, as artistes of the calibre of Marcia Griffiths and Lutan Fyah have done so in the past.

Last Friday, with Lutan Fyah, Chronixx and Griffiths in the audience as guests, a number of other elements of the concert series were of significant note. First, there were the performances of artistes like Lymie Murray, Micah Shemaiah, Hempress Sativa, Jawara Ellis, New Kidz and Izrel, who have all been making their mark on the reggae stage, helping to bolster reggae's charge back into the consciousness of Jamaican music lovers on the island.

Good backing band

The grouping did well to complement Rugs at his album showcase, while Warrior Love proved they were as good a backing band as any in the country.

Music was provided by Mutabaruka.

The second of the elements that are of real significance during this time of renewal for reggae music was the segment dubbed Reggaelution. The reggaelutionary speaker in this instance was executive director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, who holds massive amounts of reggae history between his ears and imparted some of that knowledge ably.

Proceeds from the event go towards the Alpha Boys School and the Chain of Hope Charities.

Though the event is normally held once a month, for Black History and Reggae Month, the party happens twice. On February 22, the party is themed 'Voices of the Young in Tribute to Tuff Gong' and will be held at Tony's Bar, 5 Chelsea Avenue in New Kingston.

Joining Chronixx will be other acts who have, like those who complemented Rugs, been making their mark on reggae. They are Nature, Kelissa McDonald, Exile di Brave, Miriam Simone, Dexter Malawi, Addis Pablo and the Pentateuch and Yard Drive Bands.

Gabre Selassie, with Rockers Sound Station, provides the music. The event opens officially at 7 p.m. and showtime is at 8 p.m.