One year past the quarter-century mark, Rebel Salute returns to Grizzly’s Plantation Cove on January 18 & 19, 2019. Including the most versatile, accomplished reggae music line-up the industry has to offer; encouraging recycling; cannabis conferences and philanthropic ventures, next year’s reggae music festival promises to be so much more.
At the launch on Thursday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, organiser Patrick ‘Tony Rebel’ Barrett and the ORGANIC Heart team laid all bones bare – ensuring everyone was made fully aware of all that was put in place to make the festival enjoyable to all.
Chief executive officer of Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, Robert Bryan, said the aim is to deliver a first-class international product. Next year, they will focus on improving the flow of patrons in and out of the venue, so they have established three main entrances. There will be patron access; vendors and suppliers access; and artistes, production and media will also have their separate entrance. “There will be three clearly separate entrances that will not be close together,” he said. As a result of the new arrangements, Bryan urged relevant parties to be aware of the accreditation process.
As part of the additional festival offerings, the Herb Curb will make a comeback. There will be a conference leading up to the Saturday afternoon Herb Curb symposium, including industry leaders from across the Caribbean. The conference and symposium will be powered by Itopia Life and Epican.
In addition to remarks from the many Rebel Salute sponsors pledging their continuous support, organisers also gave a healthy serving of who and what to expect on stage at the festival.
It was like a mini Rebel Salute, and first up were Imeru Tafari – Queen Ifrica’s son – who performed a well-crafted original called Chanting Nyabinghi; and Davianah, Tony Rebel’s daughter, who sang a cover and an original called Wanna Be.
Super-producer duo turned drum and bass phenoms Notice Heavyweight Rockers performed We Are The Builders – a nyabinghi-drum driven, rousing anthem that shook the walls of the grand ballroom at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Anu Brian Gold continued the trend – singing a delicate but strong hail to Haile Selassie I. The line-up proceeded with an appearance by Echo Minott.
Then, St Mary ‘nationalist’ Capleton lit up the stage in customary, blazing fashion. Donning a shining black pants suits, the Fire Man brought the audience on the wings scampering closer with their phones held high.
Billed to take the stage at Grizzly’s Plantation in Ocho Rios are: Nigerian music star Patoranking; Bobby Wine (Ugandan politician and performing artiste – who Tony Rebel promises will produce a memorable set); Mykal Rose; The Wailers; The Wailing Soul; Dawn Penn; Wayne Marshall; Marvin Moore; Cat Coore; Luciano; Shalom; Leroy Gibbon; Terry Ganzie; Marva Gillespie; Marcia Aitken; Mr Easy; Jah Bouks; Queen Ifrica; Agent Sasco; Ken Boothe; Half Pint; Mr Vegas; Turbulence; Jesse Royal; Yellowman; Shane-O; Chi-Ching-Ching; Rodney Price, and more to be announced.