“One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.”~ Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley
I can’t think of one music genre that unites people more than Reggae does. Or any one artist known the world over, like Bob Marley (other than Michael Jackson, may they both rest in peace).
All races, all ages, all corners of the world. Roots reggae soothes, it warms the soul, it makes you think positive. And no matter what is going on, there is nothing like listening live reggae to make your troubles go away. Well, at least for a few hours!
And today, the music genre is far from dead. If anything it has gained in popularity and is growing into more and more festivals around the world. I think it’s because now more than ever, we all seek peace and unity, and an understanding of life one way or another. Reggae lyrics are about just that – the concept of One Love.
But I will still say this: you haven’t really listened to reggae until you’ve heard it live in Jamaica. On the beach, by the water, or on the cliffs… the breeze blowing and the melodies ringing in your ear, and up close and personal with reggae’s top recording artists. There’s an unspoken, spiritual cadence in the air when the music plays in Jamaica.
It’s also how I started my concert photography, shooting live reggae in Jamaica. If anyone had told me years ago that I’d be doing that one day, I would have thought they were nuts. But that’s just it – just like travel, reggae has the power to move and inspire, to change.
So if there ever was a good reason to visit the land of Bob – aside from its beautiful beaches and culture – music is it. Come see what brings so many people together, first hand. You never know where it might lead you.
Bunny Wailer, of the original Bob Marley & The Wailers | Live at the Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash | Negril, Jamaica, February 2009
Bob Marley’s sons can be found performing live at home, when not on tour overseas. A truly magical experience. | Marley Magic Show | Negril, Jamaica, April 2009
Beres Hammond, at the “One Love Concert Series” – now Jamaica’s rising best concert series| Negril, Jamaica, February 2010 | Every Tuesday night, the sea and cliffside resort Negril Escape features a major reggae artist, live. Can’t think of a better way to experience reggae in Jamaica.
A unique reggae experience in Jamaica (and the most popular today) is Rebel Salute. | Jamaica 2011
The Jungle Nightclub, one of Jamaica’s well-known venues, hosts concerts throughout the year. | Rootz Underground, Negril, Jamaica, March 2009
Jamaica’s established and ever-growing Annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival always features at least a one great Jamaican artist or group. ~ Third World, January 2010