Kingston Creative takes Reggae Month celebration to ‘Beat Street’
A number of iconic Reggae Stars got their start on Orange Street, also referred to as 'Beat Street'.
In celebration of Reggae Month, Kingston Creative is hosting a cultural tour, dubbed “Meet Us on the Beat Street” on Sunday, February 24.
The tour, which is being hosted in partnership with legendary Sounds and Pressure Foundation will begin on Orange Street (also known as ‘Beat Street’), a place where some of Jamaica’s musical greats got their start, including Lee Scratch Perry, Clement “Coxsone” “Downbeat” Dodd and Cecil “Prince Buster” Campbell.
A plaque to these icons will be unveiled by Minister of Culture Gender Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange.
“Kingston has such a rich musical and cultural heritage and can rival any other location anywhere else in the world. We want to see this moment bring together all the communities of downtown, Kingston and create an environment where all can benefit from Jamaica’s vibrant cultural tourism,” said. Sounds and Pressure Founder Julian “Jingles” Reynolds.
The event will feature food, craft, art and free ice-cream all day provided by local business, Kremi Bliss.
In Celebration of Reggae Month, Sounds and Pressure is partnering with Kingston Creative to provide a unique musical tour for guests who visit Downtown for the monthly Artwalk event.
Other events during the day include the annual Black Fleet Market at Life Yard from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, the Institute of Jamaica Grounation Dancehall lecture at 2:00 pm with performances by Tommy Lee and the JAMM Orchestra, Tribe Sankofa performing at the National Gallery of Jamaica at 1:30 pm and a special Dennis Brown Concert in the evening.
All the events will be accessible through the first ever free “hop on hop off” bus services, made possible through a partnership with Kingston Creative and tour companies Kingston Guided and Kingston Culture tours. These buses, a staple in many major cities around the world, will provide easy access to all the locations.
Karen Hutchinson, Kingston Creative Community Lead said: “The greatness of Jamaica lies in the creativity of its people. Our goal is to harness the talent and artistry of community members to unveil the vast potential of Downtown Kingston. This we do through partnerships with community-based organisations, NGOs, and development agencies.”
Activities start at 11:00 am with Market Street at the corner of Orange Street and Charles Street.