Some notable performers at Rebel Salute over the years
For more than two decades, the Rebel Salute Festival has been one of the premier events which showcases Jamaica’s culture of reggae, healthy cuisine and positive lifestyle.
The event has seen some memorable performances over the years since it came on stream at the Fayors Entertainment Centre in Manchester before moving to Brooks Park and the Alpart grounds in the same parish. Now safely settled at the Richmond Estate in St Ann, Rebel Salute has made its mark and remains a must attend event.
Ahead of this year's staging of Rebel Salute this weekend, here are some of the performers we believe have stood out over the years.
Garnett Silk – The late great singer was in the pink of form as he performed for his adoring fans inside the Fayors Entertainment Centre during pouring rain. Silk’s performance on that night remains etched in the memory. Rest in Peace oh great one!
Jimmy Cliff – This icon of Jamaican music was simply awesome during his performance some years ago. Cliff could do no wrong as he belted out his numerous hits in his inimitable fashion and proved why he is regarded as Royalty of Jamaican music.
Beres Hammond – Another great who has put down some of the best performances by any act at Rebel Salute. Hammond has always been a crowd favourite at this show and it would be hard to single out any one performance but his last appearance in 2016 was awesome.
Buju Banton – The Gargamel never fails to please and is known for delivering riveting performances. He has always upped the game at Rebel Salute and was simply superb during his last appearance over a decade ago. While not billed to appear at this year’s version, his fans must be hoping that they might just be lucky enough to hear Buju belt out his hits.
Anthony B – Known as the original fireman, Anthony B has always pleased with his high energy sets at Rebel Salute. The Bobo man has the arsenal of hits to keep an audience rocking and always seems to score high at the event.
Capleton – Having taken over the mantle of ‘Fireman’ from Anthony B, the man known as ‘King Shango’ has closed the event for more years than can be remembered. Capleton has always managed to get a sleepy tired audience back on their feet with his blazing performances.
Echo Minott – The What the Hell the Police Can Do? Singer is quite acrobatic on stage and has shown that his is no 'Lazy Body'. Echo Minott is definitely a class act and is always worth the entrance fee.
Sanchez – Blessed with probably the best voice in modern Reggae Sanchez has never disappointed whenever he graces the stage at Rebel Salute. In 2016 the singer was on top of his game as he wowed the audience.
Queen Ifrica – Queen Ifrica has shown that with proper planning an artiste can work wonders, and worked wonders she has. She can no longer be classified as an also ran and has been one of the best performers at Rebel Salute with each passing year.
The Abyssinians – This group of reggae greats still rocks the world with their classic brand of reggae and never fails to impress with their cool, calm but effective style of entertaining.
Joseph Hill – Another great performer who has always managed to impress. The world of entertainment is worse off for his departure to reggae heaven.