In recognition of the start of Reggae Month, Mr. Vaz said issues affecting the music industry need to be settled so that those investing in festivals and other events can operate within the framework of the law.
Mr. Vaz said the music should not only be embraced by citizens but also by the private sector through greater investment and the government through worthwhile partnerships for the good of the art form.
He said the continued development of Reggae Music demands exposure through our school curriculum; making our music and arts programmes key components in the education of our children.
He said on the heels of Koffee's historic Grammy win for her debut EP Rapture, Reggae month has been given a tremendous boost.
“Our celebration must take into account the impact that reggae music has had, not only on our development locally but also in placing Jamaica on the map internationally.”
He noted that this year’s expansion of the festivities to other parishes outside of Kingston must be applauded, however, more needs to be done to honour our legends including the ‘crowned prince of reggae’ Dennis Brown and the king of reggae Robert Nesta Marley.
“We also need to ensure that with the creation of entertainment zones, that they not only cater to larger events but that we provide opportunities for smaller promoters and events to benefit as well.” The Shadow Minister said.
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