Home of Jamaican Music | UNESCO Creative Music City

Few countries in the world have been as exponentially influential beyond its size and borders as Jamaica has through the contribution of its unique brand of creativity to the world.  Jamaican music is known around the world over the last 65 years for its diverse rhythmic and lyrical originality in its folk and popular music genres including Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall as well as the technological innovation of the Jamaican Sound System - all originating in Kingston

Kingston, capital of Jamaica, is a magnificently vibrant creative space that almost visibly pulsates to the bass beats radiating out of nearly every street corner. An internationally reknown location for music, dance, art and visual arts, it is home base to legendary artistes from Beres Hammond and Toots & the Maytals to today's global hit makers Shaggy and Sean Paul.  

Several world famous recording studios are located here, still pumping out hits that are massively influential overseas. It's no wonder this city has been newly designated a UNESCO Creative City of Music and is widely recognized as the home of Jamaican music and a global creative capital

Born in Kingston – the home of Jamaican music, the Jamaican Sound has travelled to the four corners of the globe through the vinyl collection of migrating nationals, across the ocean through media waves and crossing borders on the world stage in concert with many performers departing from the Norman Manley International Airport, formerly known as Palisadoes Airport, over the last six decades.

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Tour Kingston through a music lens from Regent Street to Beat Street, legendary studios of the day included Federal Records, Studio One, Treasure Isle, Dynamic Sound, Beverly's and later Harry Js, Tuff Gong, Anchor Recording and Penthouse Records.  Kingston neighbourhoods such as Trenchtown became a melting pot and training ground for countless artistes and musicians from the Wailers to the Maytals.

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International Reggae Day (IRD) proudly announces a Salute to the Art of Dub, a genre whose contribution to the Sounds of Jamaica is immeasurable as its innovative style continues to resonate across time, significantly extending the universal appeal and global impact of Jamaican music.

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