What started as a concert celebration of Tony Rebel’s birthday has grown into a roots reggae show with the following objectives:
- To showcase authentic Jamaican culture through music, art, fashion and food.
- To promote community tourism and encourage social and environmental responsibility.
- To provide a platform for artists to champion their causes.
- To expose “Saluters” to an event experience where profanity is prohibited, healthy eating is supported and a family vibe is encouraged and highlighted.
So while there will be no meat or alcohol on the premises, I’m anxiously counting down the days until the show.
2012 Rebel Salute Press Launch
Last week, media and press gathered at the Wyndham Kingston for the official press launch for the event. I was excited prior to the launch, but attending took it up about 8 notches. Of course there were the obligatory remarks, thanks to the generous sponsors, and an address from Mr. Patrick “Tony Rebel” Barrett himself. A very pregnant Queen Ifrica was in attendance too. Cool. But what solidified it for me were the performances. Every single one was awesome and left me wanting more: Jah Cutta, Jah9, Pesso, C-Sharp, Edi Fitzroy, Iba Mahr, and last, the opening and closing act, Raging Fyah, did it for me. And there are so many more new and legendary acts scheduled to grace the Rebel Salute stage.
Rebel Salute Rehearsal
The Warrior Love Band did an excellent job at the press launch and I got to see them in action again during rehearsal time for Max Romeo. Joined by Jallanzo (guitarist and singer of Dubtonic Kru) and Romario and Ronaldo Smith (Max’s 2 sons who form the group Rominal), they ran through Max’s lineup which includes I Chase the Devil, War Inna Balyon and more. Being around talented musicians who truly love what they do is such an energizing experience!
2012 Rebel Salute Details
If your travels bring you to Jamaica, I sincerely hope you have the chance to attend Rebel Salute. Need tickets? Not sure how to get to the venue? Check the details below:
- Date: January 14th, 2012
- Time: Gates open at 5pm, show starts at 7pm
- Location: Port Kaiser Sports complex, St. Elizabeth
- Ticket Price: Check here for a list of venues selling Rebel Salute tickets ($JM1800) or buy them at the gate ($JM2000)
** Transpiration is available from Kingston to Port Kaiser via the Knutsford Express: http://www.rebelsaluteprod.com/Hotel_Transport.aspx
And if you can’t make the show, stream it live online at Rebel Salute TV for $9.99 US.
For more Rebel Salute details, check out the official site at http://rebelsalutejamaica.com/.