Rebel Salute presents the unusual
Rebel Salute's tagline is The Preservation of Reggae, and, to this end, for its 2015 staging this weekend, the festival continues its now well-established tradition of presenting artistes who are seldom seen on a stage in Jamaica - if ever before.
Put together on a line-up with some of the slew of strong roots reggae and outstanding dancehall acts - often in an alternate persona as with Rodney Price (Bounty Killer) last year, David Brooks (Mavado) in 2011, and Marion Hall (Lady Saw) in 2010 - the presence of the rarely seen performers goes a long way to shaping consistently engaging line-ups.
This year, as Rebel Salute 2015 takes place at Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann, on Friday, January 16, and Sunday, January 16, on the first night, it is the turn of Alborosie, Israel Vibrations, and Hopeton James, as well as poet Michael St George; Norris Man, who has not done a major performance in Jamaica for some time; and Ghanian Knii Lante to present their work to many people who may just be seeing them for the first time.
They are part of a line-up that includes Tony Rebel, around whose birthday Rebel Salute is organised; Third World (performing almost a year after their former lead singer William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke died), Capleton; I-Wayne; Etana; Kabaka Pyramid; Tarrus Riley; Bugle; Jah9; and many more.
The following night, Inner Circle (which has just released News Carrying Dread with Chronixx, an update on Tenement Yard with their former lead singer Jacob Miller, who died in 1980); Papa Levi; Echo Minott; and Cornel Campbell are those who many at Rebel Salute 2015 will have seldom seen previously, if ever.
Queen Ifrica, Luciano, Sizzla, Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, and Mighty Diamonds are also on the long list of performers for the night.
Notably, the Pembroke Hall High School Band, which won the inaugural Jamaica's Best School Band competition last year, is a featured act on night two of Rebel Salute 2015. So is Prodi VOP, an adjustment on strictly gospel performer Prodigal Son. There is a precedence, however, as Stitchie, once a secular deejay and now a Christian, performed at Rebel Salute 2014.
One of the striking early examples of Rebel Salute putting persons seldom seen in Jamaica on stage was Jimmy Cliff in 2005, followed by Burning Spear in 2006.