Reggae Wednesday for the Park

Richard Johnson

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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REGGAE Wednesday concert series of continues today at Emancipation Park with an eclectic mix of artistes.

Under the theme Progressions, the shows are in observation of Reggae Month.

According to the head of the Reggae Month organising committee and executive director of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Charles Campbell, this week's events showcases the now generation, who have already established themselves as a force within the industry.

"It's is a diverse mix of act we have down for tonight. Their work shows of fusion of reggae with elements of pop, rock, hip hop and dancehall influences. We have also chosen this line up as their work highlights positive music, and the bands on the bill have taken the music seriously enough to seek advanced training," Campbell explained.

Tonight's billing will see performances for the Akwaaba Drummers, Stone Dub, Gas Money, Downstairs, Acmatic, Mystikal Revolution, Pentateuch, Jesse Royal, Torch, Anju & Wadda Blood, Ikaya, TOK, Lutan Fyah, and I-Wayne.

For the past two Wednesdays, this concert series has brought the park to life. The event opened on February 6 with Mento to Marley and according to Campbell this truly set the stage for what has unfolded.

The highlight of that first week was Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus as well as Mystic Revealers with front man Billy Mystic.

"What Billy Mystic and his group did was showed the youngsters how four musicians can deliver a full, rich sound."

Last week saw two concerts -- Reggae Praise and Voices — which Campbell notes were very well attended. He noted that journalist and poet Mel Cooke was indeed the stand out for that night.

For the final show in the series, Campbell's team plans to roll out what he calls his "baby for this year."

"The theme is Reggae Gone Global and we will examine the ways in which the music has carried other art forms to the world. It will not just be a concert, but rather a choreographed presentation featuring music, dance, drama and fashion."




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