Reggae Sumfest (c) Jamaica Tourist Board
The highlights of the event week are the two festival nights on 19 and 20 July. These evenings feature some of the island’s biggest stars – from contemporary roots reggae such as Protoje or Chronixx to dancehall greats like Govana to music legends like Beres Hammond.Things are getting hot again in Montego Bay: From July 14 to 20, 2019, the well-known holiday resort on the Caribbean island of Jamaica will be host to the largest reggae festival in the world for the 27th time – the “Reggae Sumfest”. More than 50,000 visitors are expected.
Reggae is far from the only one, but the most famous style of music in Jamaica. He developed in the late 1960s from his predecessors Mento, Ska and Rocksteady. Through musicians like Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and of course Bob Marley, the reggae became world famous and also influenced international pop culture.
Because of its key role in Jamaican society and its spiritual importance to the Rastafarian community, the Reggae 2018 was included by UNESCO in the list of intangible cultural heritage.
Many young Jamaicans today prefer the harder and electronic “riddims” of the dancehall. Nevertheless, reggae is and remains an integral part of Jamaican identity. The “Reggae Sumfest” is just one of many opportunities on the island to meet this unique style of music.