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Jamaica Reggae Recognised by UNESCO


Recognised as one of the country’s greatest exports, Jamaica reggae music has officially been added to UNESCO’s cultural heritage list. The United Nations has deemed the music genre worthy of protecting and promoting. Music has always been central to Jamaica’s culture and reggae is known to have revolutionised Jamaican music.

Travellers can immerse themselves in the music genre with a host of reggae themed events and experiences taking place throughout the year across Jamaica. Whether it’s going back to the roots of one of the biggest reggae legends at the Bob Marley Museum, or celebrating the 27th anniversary of Jamaica’s biggest summer reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest.

Bob Marley Museum, Kingston

Visitors can tour the legendary musician’s home and get a glimpse into Marley’s life and the world of reggae. The guided 75 minute tour at the Bob Marley Museum takes guests through the grounds of this Jamaican Heritage Site including Marley’s original bedroom, his personal recording studio and a collection of artwork and original records. His rich memories and treasured mementoes seek to preserve the life and accomplishments of the great musician.

Trench Town Culture Yard, Kingston 

Set in the government Yard in Trench Town where some of the biggest music legends called home, the Trench Town Culture Yard is a community based project which opens its doors to visitors who wish to learn about the birth of Jamaican music and its continuing influence on the community. Guests can embark on a journey to understand the history of where Marley spent much of his early music career. From galleries and articles, to furnishings and instruments used by Marley himself, the National Heritage site and cultural museum offers an authentic experience giving fans an insight into the origins of Marley and his contemporaries.

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Jamaica Reggae Month – February 2019

Jamaica Reggae
Celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday

A whole month dedicated to reggae music. This is the best time for holiday makers to learn about the history of reggae music and the influence it has on Jamaican culture. Visitors can join the locals in celebrating Reggae month by taking part in a number of events including concerts and workshops. In light of Bob Marley’s birthday on 6 February, there will be a week-long celebration of parties, exhibitions, forums and concerts that will be held in Kingston, St. Ann and the rest of Jamaica.

Reggae Sumfest 13 – 20 July 2019

2019 marks the 27 anniversary of Jamaica’s biggest summer reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest. For the last 20 years, the event has seen reggae icons and international artists grace its stages for the ultimate music celebration. The week-long event hosted in Montego Bay attracts music fans from all over the world providing authentic Jamaican music and cultural experiences.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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