Kingston Creative to honour reggae icons at ‘Meet Us on Beat Street'
File photo of Jamaican musicians represented on Beat Street.
In celebration of Reggae Month, Kingston Creative in partnership with Sounds of Pressure Foundation presents “Meet Us on Beat Street'', an event funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund and the European Union.
The Beat Street Artwalk is one in a series of events that will be held to encourage community tourism and develop Kingston’s emerging art district.
On Sunday, plaques will be unveiled at the corner of Orange and Heyward Streets by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, Olivia Grange and the Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams.
These plaques will recognise icons in reggae music including Vincent and Pat Chin, Winston Ridley and Sonia Pottinger.
The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is funding a new mural, painted by artist Errol Reid, depicting Studio One musicians such as the Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo, Cedric Brooks, Richard Ace, Lennie Hibbert, Ernest Ranglin, Winston Grennan and Tom of “Tom the Great” Sebastian Sound System.
"Meet Us on the Beat Street' tours will take place between 11 am and 2 pm and will visit historic sites such as Leggo’s Recording Studio, Big Yard, Beverly’s (the first record shop in Jamaica) and Jimmy’s Jazz Hut.
There will be live performances by One Famous, I Higher Tone, Isee Jah High, Earth Warrior, Ras Kelly, Iya Tear, DJ Journalist, Bongo Herman, Johnnie Builder and Earl “Chinna” Smith will take place during the day. Music is being provided by DJ Talia and Whitty’s Soul Town. The event will be followed by the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert on the Waterfront at 6 pm.
This month’s “Meet Us on Beat Street” event will be held on Orange Street (between Charles Street and North Streets) on Sunday, February 23, 2020, from 11 am to 5pm.
To get around downtown, patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle service starting at the Spanish Court Worthington at 10.30 am.
There will also be free “Hop on Hop Off” tour bus taking patrons from Beat Street to the Kingston Creative Artwalk at F&B Downtown/Water Lane, the Grounation lecture Institute of Jamaica on East Street and the National Gallery of Jamaica.