This past weekend celebrated International Reggae Day where artists of this genre are remembered for their impact on the culture. This year’s theme brought light onto old school artists under the theme ‘Saluting the Global Influence of the 80s and 90s Dancehall – From Bruckins to Bogle’, referring to the traditional dance in Jamaica (Bruckins) and the Dancehall move created by ‘Bogle’, the famed dancer in Dancehall.
This theme recognises the worldly talents of artists such as Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Tanya Stephens, and the late Sugar Minott, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Reggae genre. Seen as a golden age of reggae, the 80s and 90s have provided many great artists that have led to the genre’s worldwide popularity today. International Reggae Day seeks to recognise these names and their roles in the Reggae community, as well as ensuring that their legacy is maintained amongst the new generations of Reggae artists.
Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, also expressed his celebration for the day on Twitter and encouraged all who may celebrate to ‘use Reggae music to spread peace, love, and unity around the globe’.
Happy International Reggae Day!