Love reggae? Be taught all about Jamaican music at immersive live performance expertise coming to Plantation
In Jamaican music’s rapid household, there are reggae, dancehall, ska, rocksteady, dub and mento and Nyabinghi.
Shut cousins? That might be hip-hop, reggaeton, EDM and Afrobeats.
Find out about all of the relations at Reggae Family tree — The Origins, Evolution and Affect of Jamaican Music, an out of doors live performance mixing reside music, archival video and narratives being staged at Broward Mall in Plantation on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Produced by Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, the three-hour showcase will hint the early beginnings of well-liked Jamaican music from earlier than the nation’s independence from the UK in 1962 by way of current day.
“Family tree is meant to let you know the place you’re coming from and who you’re associated to,” says Lloyd Stanbury, a museum board member and occasion chair who was cofounder of Reggae Month in Jamaica and Irie FM radio station. “As somebody who has been concerned in Jamaica’s music for some time, I feel lots of people love our music, however lots of people don’t know the place it’s coming from, the way it got here to be, what it’s, and likewise who we’re associated to.”
The lineup for the live performance contains:
“I feel to inform this type of story, which is what the undertaking is about, is storytelling, however we’re doing it in an entertaining approach,” Stanbury says. “It’s about music, so after all now we have to have reside music, however to inform a narrative successfully, you’ll want to have narrators as part of the presentation, you’ll want to have some video content material, you realize, that may’t be produced onstage.
“I imply, if you wish to hear (the late) Harry Belafonte’s tackle what we’re doing, it’s a must to put that in a video. And that’s part of the entire Jamaican music story,” he provides. “So it ended up being of necessity, that now we have narration, video and dancers.”
Additionally making appearances might be teams equivalent to Dillard Dance, Sasa African Dance Theater and Carimer Theater Co., in addition to Lifetime Achievement Award honorees from the music trade: iconic singer Marcia Griffiths (“Electrical Boogie/The Electrical Slide”), Cedella Marley (CEO of The Marley Group) and Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin (cofounder of worldwide reggae music label VP Information).
For Calibe Thompson, cofounder of the Island SPACE Caribbean Museum (SPACE stands for the Society for the Promotion of Creative and Cultural Schooling), it was necessary the Lifetime Achievement Award honorees all be ladies.
“I feel many music genres are male-dominated, and there was a query of how are we authentically representing ladies on this story that we’re telling,” she explains. “It’s male-heavy, our music is male-heavy.”
Thompson says the thought for a a lot smaller undertaking had at all times been on the planning board, even earlier than the museum opened in 2020.
“One in all our preliminary ideas of a undertaking that we had been going to do as a flagship, even earlier than there was a museum conceptualized, was that we had been going to do that reggae documentary,” she says. “And we realized at a sure level that we didn’t have the bandwidth or the sources or no matter to do all of this. Someplace alongside the best way, it morphed into the thought of doing a present.
“We had been going to perform a little easy present within some little neighborhood middle, however with all the things that we do, it simply will get larger and larger. And right here we’re with an enormous stage exterior of Broward Mall within the car parking zone (and) anticipating 1,000 individuals.”
The occasion can have narrators, together with the likes of Inner Circle (finest recognized for the music “Sweat” and megahit “Unhealthy Boys”) and document firm exec/activist Maxine Stowe.
“One of many narrators … not solely was a profitable broadcaster in Jamaica however moved to South Florida and is a profitable broadcaster and a part of metropolis authorities in South Florida, Winston Barnes, commissioner of Miramar,” says Stanbury. “You couldn’t get significantly better than him when it comes to his historical past, his information of the music.”
Provides Thompson: “Lukkee Chong is (additionally) part of the undertaking, he’s one of many basis individuals now we have of what was for the longest time the one tv station in Jamaica … so he has all of this archival footage. It’s him that has this Harry Belafonte footage … these are people who find themselves now not with us … and we are able to hear their voices speaking concerning the significance of our dialect to the music … You’re not gonna get a lecture from anyone, however little tidbits of their expertise within the progress and evolution of the music.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Reggae Family tree — The Origins, Evolution and Affect of Jamaican Music
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10; gates open at 3 p.m., with showtime set for six p.m.
WHERE: Broward Mall, 8000 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, within the northeast car parking zone
COST: Basic admission tickets are $20 upfront and $25 on the gate; VIP tickets are $60 upfront and $75 on the gate