February 6, 2024 -On Saturday, February 10, 2024, South Florida will experience the rhythm of Jamaican music during the inaugural Reggae Genealogy event at Broward Mall in the City of Plantation.
Celebrating Reggae Month, this outdoor concert promises an immersive journey through the origins, evolution, and global influence of Jamaican music.
Produced by Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, this family-friendly event from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. will resonate with music lovers of all ages.
A musical odyssey: From Mento to Dancehall
The three-hour extravaganza will unravel the rich tapestry of Jamaican music, beginning with the island’s musical roots predating its 1962 independence from Britain.
From the infectious beats of mento and ska to the soulful strains of rocksteady, lovers rock, dub, reggae, and dancehall, the event will trace the genre’s evolution.
It will also explore the global impact of Jamaican music, influencing diverse genres such as hip hop, reggaeton, EDM, and Afrobeats.
Attendees can arrive early to savor delectable food and explore artisan vendors both within and outside the mall.
Honoring trailblazing women in Jamaican music
Island SPACE Caribbean Museum’s tradition of recognizing community leaders continues at Reggae Genealogy. This year, the spotlight shines on three exceptional women who have left an indelible mark on Jamaican music.
Cedella Marley, CEO of the Marley Group of Companies and the Bob and Rita Marley Foundation, joins the esteemed list, alongside Marcia Griffiths, revered as reggae’s most esteemed female singer, and Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin, co-founder of VP Records, the world’s largest reggae music label.
Island SPACE co-founder and president, Calibe Thompson, expressed her pride in honoring these powerful women, stating that “their influence extends far beyond their musical talents, inspiring generations of women and men.”
Engaging prelude panel discussion sets the stage
More than 120 attendees, including City of Plantation Mayor Nick Sortal, gathered at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum for a prelude panel discussion and launch party on Saturday, January 20.
Themed “The Roots & Fruits of the Reggae Family Tree,” the event set the stage for Reggae Genealogy’s educational journey.
Distinguished panelists, including Willie Stewart (former Third World band member), Maxine Stowe, Copeland Forbes, Abebe Lewis (industry professionals), and Mr. Vegas (dancehall/reggae artist), engaged in enlightening conversations about reggae’s influence, monetization strategies, and the global appeal of Jamaican music.
Sponsors and showtime
Reggae Genealogy event sponsors, including City of Plantation Mayor Sortal, Neki Mohan of Visit Lauderdale, and David Mullings of Blue Mahoe Capital, expressed their support for the event and the museum’s mission.
Gates open at 3:00 p.m., with the show commencing at 6:00 p.m.
Before the main performance, attendees can enjoy pre-show activities and explore Island SPACE Caribbean Museum within Broward Mall.
Special guest appearances and ticket information
The event promises more than just music; it promises a glimpse into history.
Icons like Harry Belafonte, the first recording artist to sell a million records in the U.S., will be creatively featured in the narrative.
Living legends like Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru, the first reggae band to win a Grammy, will make special guest appearances.
Pre-sold tickets are available for $20, while tickets at the gate will be priced at $25.