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Rebel Salute Celebrates Silver!


By Alecia Leon, Staff Reporter

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says the Rebel Salute show has a massive impact on the Jamaican economy since its inception 25 years ago.

Speaking at the launch of the 2018 event, which is dubbed the greatest roots reggae show on earth, at the Jamaica Pegasus, in Kingston on Monday December 17, Minister Grange lauded the promoters of the festival, stating that not many similar music events have survived as long.

"Can you believe its 25 years already? Twenty-five years of awesome entertainment, 25 years of clean, family friendly Jamaican music, 25 years of welcoming the people,” she stated happily.

Ms. Grange said there are tremendous economic opportunities in the entertainment industry on which Jamaicans could capitalize and a serious approach should be taken to the business of music, “no matter the genre”.

Rebel Salute 2018 will be held at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, St Ann, on Friday January 12 and Saturday January 13 and bears the tagline “The Preservation of Reggae and The People's Show”.  More than 38 percent of patrons to the festival are tourists, which represents the largest overseas following of any music festival in Jamaica.

The festival which is listed in Billboard magazine's top-four festivals in the Caribbean, started out as a concert to celebrate the birthday of reggae icon Tony Rebel, and over the years has evolved into an international celebration of reggae music, Jamaican culture and gastronomy. 

Among the acts on Friday night are Third World, JC Lodge, Richie Spice, Jahvinci, Bugle, Bushman, Lutan Fyah, Cocoa Tea, Big Yute and King Sounds. Gospel artiste Glacia Robinson will also appear on the opening night as well as Mikey Mystic, who is the brother of Prime Minister Andrew Holness.  

On Saturday, the second night, the line-up includes Queen Ifrica, Barrington Levy, Freddie McGregor, Ding Dong, Leroy Sibbles, Capleton, Elephant Man, I-Wayne, Gyptian, Althea and Donna, Pinchers, Romain Virgo, I-Octane and Ikaya.

Over the years, roots reggae lovers from across the globe have flocked to Jamaica for the event, which was initially staged on the island’s south coast until it moved to its new home at the Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St. Ann on the north.  

The festival offers a campsite which is located on an expansive lawn in close proximity to the festival grounds and only a stone’s throw from the beautiful Caribbean sea.

Food-wise, the festival has a no-meat, no-alcohol policy and instead offers a wide array of vegetarian dishes, natural juices and fruits, coupled with an arts village with a wide-ranging selection of authentic Jamaican jewelry, clothing and craft items.   

In 2016, Rebel Salute introduced its highly-anticipated “Herb Curb” an enclosed area featuring exhibits, a smoking lounge by the sea, herb practitioners, presenters and medical professionals.  The year’s show promises to be just as great!

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