Celebrating Reggae Music Month (February)

Traditionally, February is celebrated as Black History Month in the United States, Canada and the UK. However, Reggae Music Month in the Caribbean is February. Here are some facts about Reggae MonthReggae (/ˈrɛɡeɪ/) is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora. A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae", effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady. Reggae usually relates news, social gossip, and political commentary. Reggae spread into a commercialized jazz field, being known first as "rudie blues", then "ska", later "blue beat", and "rock steady". It is instantly recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat and the offbeat rhythm section. The immediate origins of reggae were in ska and rocksteady; from the latter, reggae took over the use of the bass as a percussion instrument... Read more of A Brief History of Reggae Music

Celebrating Haiti's Independence Day (January)

Haiti: The Greatest Teacher of The All! January 1st is Haiti Independence Day. Beyond the turpitudes of her foes, the history of Haiti is filled with hope, glory, valor, and valiance of a people who fought for freedom and liberty. Haiti’s misunderstood reality stems from her brutal past as a former French colony—A place where Black slaves had led the only successful revolution in history, which on January 1st, 1804, gave birth to the first black republic in the world. The history of the Haitian people is an unprecedented event that should be remembered and celebrated by lovers of freedom and liberty worldwide. Unfortunately, the world's view of Haiti has been biased and misconstrued, as her major contributions to humanity are......CLICK TO READ MORE!

Celebrating The Culture of A Pannist

For those who don't know, what exactly is steel pan, Beverly Williams shares a little insight about this artform that has become an international instrument that many are playing worldwide. The steel pan, also known as the "steel drum", is a tuned percussion instrument created in the 1930s in the lovely twin island of Trinidad and Tobago. The pan is circular, looks like a bowl, that has "dents" in it that play different notes. You play it with wooden mallets, which us natives call "sticks" that have rubber ends. Before the steel pan, it was "Tamboo Bamboo" bands made of descendants of African slaves hitting the ground with bamboo, jamming with bottles with spoons and metal lids. It's sometimes played solo or with a whole band of different pans. You know... the entertainers on Caribbean cruise ships or that sound of music you hear in the background of travel commercials to "the islands"? Yep, that's......CLICK TO READ MORE!

Celebrating Cultural Events with The Orlando Caribbean Festival

Mr. Adner D'Haiti  (and yes, that is his real name!). One word that can be used to describe Caribbean people is the word passion, which is evident in how proudly the diaspora represents their heritage. Mr. Adner D'Haiti is one such individual who is actively in pursuit of promoting pride throughout the Caribbean community of the Orlando area. He is the man behind the scenes of the annual Orlando Caribbean Festival, tasked with the overall success of the event. Adding to the pressures of putting on a good show is that coming off a successful event in 2015, expectations are the things this year will be bigger and better. Beyond Karibbean Friends was able to get a hold of the always busy promoter and pick his brain about the upcoming Orlando Karibbean Festival and learn more about the man. ......CLICK TO READ MORE!


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