February is Reggae Month. Traditionally, February is celebrated as Black History Month in the United States, Canada and the UK. However, Reggae Month in the Caribbean is February. Here are some facts about Reggae Month.
- The first ever celebration of Reggae Month took place in 2007 on the grounds of the Edna Manley College of Visual Arts for 3 years
- Reggae Month was officially declared by Sir Kenneth Hall, former Governor General of Jamaica on January 24, 2008 and is produced by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board and the CHASE Fund
- Reggae Month events include concerts, poetry readings, festivals, award shows, book launches and lectures. See the full Reggae Month schedule
- Reggae Month features various genres of Jamaican Music including Ska, Dub, Gospel, mento, classical, folk and rockers
- Every year Reggae Month is celebrated under a different theme. In 2019, it is “Celebrating Reggae’s Legacy”