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JAMAICA | Trelawny’s Reggae Park 420: A new Home for Reggae & International Music Festivals

Montego Bay, Jamaica, January 18, 2023 - The sleepy township of Friendship in Trelawny, which sits in the heart of the cockpit country, and washed by the Martha Brae river that provides potable water for the parish, is destined to come alive in the not too distant future, with the sound of music at “The Reggae Park 420 Escape” now under construction.

JAMAICA | Trelawny’s Reggae Park 420: A new Home for Reggae & International Music Festivals

Beyoncé has helped usher in a renaissance for African artists

Beyoncé has released her seventh solo studio album, titled Renaissance (2022). The album, an event in global popular culture, is the first of a three-part project by the US artist. Her previous outing, the visual album Black is King (2020), collaborated with a host of African artists. Renaissance pays tribute to black dance music and again features African artists, including Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, who is having a global moment of her own.

Beyoncé has helped usher in a renaissance for African artists

Afrobeats in 2022: global mobility, election songs, placemaking albums – and Tems

More than Nollywood films, Afrobeats is arguably Nigeria’s strongest cultural export since the turn of the millennium. It is a hugely dynamic music category that incorporates a range of moods, languages, styles, and existing genres. To understand its impact, a cultural connoisseur has equated good Afrobeats music with well-made, smoky Nigerian party jollof rice!

Afrobeats in 2022: global mobility, election songs, placemaking albums – and Tems

The legacy of Nigerian music star Orlando Julius must not be overlooked

If there is one musician as commonly associated as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with the West African musical movements Afrobeat and Afrobeats (never mind Afro-Blues and Afro-Soul), this is the preserve of Orlando Julius Ekemode. Given Fela’s immense stature it would seem impossible to speak of another musician from whom he gained musical direction. Yet, one must, in the case of his fellow multi-instrumentalist Orlando Julius.

The legacy of Nigerian music star Orlando Julius must not be overlooked
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