I have a few qualms about this Reggae Month. First off the location for the Reggae Wednesday concerts have been moved from the Ranny Williams Centre, Hope Road to the Nelson Mandela Park, Half Way Tree, two of my friends and I were preeing the calendar to see what this year looked like… and when we saw that, there were three consecutive “HOW?’s” Lijit, (legitimately) there is barely any space in Mandela Park, HOW do they expect it to fit the crowd the concert’s draw weekly? I really just want to see how they plan do this. My friend Lexxi complained about the acoustics, how would the performances sound being smack dab in the middle of Half Way Tree, with two bus and taxi stands bordering it’s north and south perimeter? Bredda your guess is as good as mine.
Secondly the Bob Marley birthday concert that was held last year for his 70th is being held again this year, the venue has changed. They moved it from Waterfront in Downtown, Kingston to Sabina Park on South Camp Road. Why? I just can’t fathom the decisions this year. I don’t like the idea of a concert being in an arena/stadium; this is the reason Grand Gala, which is kept on our Independece Day, annoys me, it is held in the National Stadium, I don’t like it simply because the audience is too far from the stage. Being close to the artiste while they perform is the pleasure of a concert, for me that is. It feels more personal that way.
Today is the first Reggae Wednesday concert of Reggae Month 2016 and I guess we shall all have to see how this Reggae Month plays out, check back for updates, until then, keep Jammin’!
Featured image from Cocorrina.