Where to Listen to Reggae in Jamaica
You can listen to reggae everywhere in Jamaica, from dancing barefoot in the sand in Negril while a live band plays, to impromptu jams throughout the island. Real reggae aficionados should plan their trip around Sumfest, Jamaica Jazz, Rebel Salute, or Bob Marley Birthday Bash—just a few of Jamaica's best music festivals.

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Bob Marley Birthday Bash

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If you’re in Jamaica in early February—Bob Marley’s birthday week—you’re in luck. Every year, the island celebrates the Reggae icon’s “earthstrong.” And you don’t have to go all the way to Kingston, although the music hub also hosts a series of concerts during the month. One of the best celebrations takes place in Negril, at the Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash, held at the cliffside concert venue "MXIII." Top recording artists come out to pay tribute to the legend during a three- to four-day concert and celebration. From the only remaining original Wailer—Bunny Wailer—to Yellowman, Etana and other top Reggae names, it’s a veritable Reggae and cultural feast. Vendors complete the scene—don’t miss the outside hustle and bustle of steaming grills and people just hanging out, it’s quite a sight.

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by Lebawit Lily Girma
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