Jammin’ in Jamaica: How to Make the Most of the Reggae Scene in Jamaica
There’s something about the sound of reggae music that you just can’t help but love. Soulful, warm and hopeful, this style of music has delighted music lovers across the globe. Falcon holidaymakers and fans of the genre can now explore its history and culture. In June 2016, we’ll be running flights to Jamaica, the home of reggae, giving music trivia fans and sun worshippers alike the opportunity for a memorable holiday.
Where did reggae begin?
This mellow musical style originated in the late 1960s and was based on ska, which itself developed out of an early Jamaican form of rhythm and blues. It wasn’t long before reggae became Jamaica’s main musical style, and by the 1970s it had become an international sensation. It spoke out against social and political injustice, yet remained optimistic that change was possible. Reggae produced stars such as Jimmy Cliff and, of course, Jamaica’s favourite son, the late Bob Marley who died in May 1981.
Soaking up the vibe
Being the home of the genre, you’re not short of a place in Jamaica to hear reggae in its purest form. One of the best places to go is Roots Bamboo, in Negril. This bar on the beach has reasonably priced drinks and plays live music that will take you back to the golden age of the reggae movement. The environment is fun and it’s a popular bar with the locals, who are as laidback as the music itself is.
If you’re staying in Montego Bay in the middle of July, you’ve picked the perfect time to immerse yourself in the reggae vibe. Each year, the Reggae Sumfest takes place in the resort, inviting various kings and queens of cool from the genre to perform. The festival has also hosted rap performers in the past, creating scope for diversity at the festival and allowing visitors to experience other genres live.
Visiting the late Bob Marley
Reggae lovers won’t want to miss a visit to the village of Bob Marley. Nine Miles sits between the Falcon resorts of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. It’s both the King of Reggae’s birthplace and where he was last laid to rest. Visit the mausoleum and see where Marley was buried. Ever the musician, he was buried with his guitar.
Take the chance to see Marley’s home too, which has become something of a shrine to the musician. The vivid exterior, decorated in yellow, red and green makes for some wonderful photographs. On the inside of the home you can see the bed on which Marley wrote the hit ‘Is This Love?’ On the walls of the home you can also see all the notes that fans have written to him.
Book a trip to Jamaica with Falcon next summer and explore some of Jamaica’s reggae history. The visit will be insightful and the vibe infectious, staying with you long after you leave. You’ll definitely be feeling good after a Falcon holiday in Jamaica, especially if you upgrade with a stay at the luxurious Thomson Sensatori resort or a hotel in the new Thomson A La Carte range (which features inclusive gourmet dining), also available through Falcon. Call us on 1850 858 229 to book or ask for more information, or visit one of our travel stores.
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