Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica during the late 1960’s, incorporating musical elements of R&B, jazz, Jamaican folk, calypso, Jamaican ‘ska’ and ‘rocksteady’ of the 50’s & 60’s, as well as African and Latin music, but it’s distinguished by the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat and the offbeat rhythm section. Over more than 50 years, reggae has spread throughout the world, and often incorporates local instruments and mixes with other genres.
Since 1993, the Reggae Sumfest has been held at Montego Bay every year in July, presenting an “authentic Jamaican musical and cultural experience”, and growing to become the largest music festival in Jamaica. If you can’t get there this year, the next best thing is to watch the music live here On2In2™, starting 10am CDT on Friday, July 21 with the Main Event Night 1 concert. Featured artists scheduled to perform at the Night 1 concert are: Alkaline, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Tory Lanez, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Masicka , African Star Patoranking , Devin Di Dakta, Tifa , Jahmiel , Ding Dong , Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous featuring Bucky Marshall & Tuffa Lie & John Hype & Shelly Belly & Shankle Dip & Blazzy , Shenseea , TJ , and a few surprise guest stars.
Scheduled to perform at Saturday’s Main Event Night 2 concert are: Sean Paul , Sizzla, Beenie Man, Jah Cure , Queen Ifrica, Christopher Martin, Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band, Kabaka Pyramid, Mad Cobra, Feluke, Deep Jahi, Meleku’, Davianah, Stephen Marley and Jo Mersa Marley, along with surprise guest stars.
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