When the band strikes the first note on Friday, January 17, it would signal the 27th staging of Rebel Salute. The festival which was first a one night event, has now turned into a massive two-day festival catering to a wide and diverse audience globally.
This year’s renewal will feature the experience of a lifetime with great music from Reggae Artistes. Patrick Barrett, aka, Tony Rebel, host of the event, along with his team, says “this year’s line up for both evening will showcase over 700 hits across the talent that will be on show. That is quite a remarkable feat.”
What is happening now, 9 days before the start of the show is the full suite of artistes rehearsing at studio locations across Kingston. This is where the artistes and their teams come to perfect their performances. They appear with back up singers, band members and even some of the managers stop by.
Chevaughn who is on the Friday line up, had a session https://twitter.com/CaroleBeckford/status/1214956823545044992?s=20
While Errol Dunkley of Black Cinderella fame, gave a shout out to the fans to join him on Saturday, January 18 https://twitter.com/CaroleBeckford/status/1214971011063590913?s=20
The stage manager is there on location and provides support to the crews that come in and ensures that the times allocated are adhered to.
The show welcomes 49 per cent of the total audience from overseas and this, according to Tony Rebel, “indicates that the show is a fitting product for music lovers at home and abroad.”
The Grammy-nominated Reggae Album Group, Steel Pulse will be on stage on Friday along with Toots and the Maytals, Sanchez, Chi Chi Ching, Kenyatta Hill – to name a few; while on Saturday, Moses Davis (Beenie Man), Jessie Royal, Tony Tuff, Chronnic Law and Benjy Myaz are among the stars to be on the show.
There is comedy with Johnny and Friends on Friday. While on Saturday a dub plate show case featuring Jack Scorpio (Jamaica) and DynamQ Sound (South Sudan) will be a highlight on Saturday.
The village will present an eclectic presentation of art and craft and the now popular herb curb, with Dr Julius Garvey as a special guest.
Tickets are available at https://secure.ticketpal.com/affiliate/rebelsalutewebsite
The two-day show, held at the Grizzlys Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann is one you won’t want to miss. Gates open at 5pm and show starts promptly at 7pm.
Come for the music, stay for the experience – after all, it is the Peoples Show.
See you there