Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc. will host a three-hour ‘Rocumentary’ on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Canada’s homage to Jamaica’s 50th year of independence.
The evening, entitled Jamaican Rhythms, will explore the Caribbean island’s culturally rich music, word and dance practices over the last half a century.
Jamaica achieved independence on August 6, 1962.
Featured artists include Fab 5, John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, King Yellowman, Maxi Priest and Beenie Man, as well as Canadians such as Jay Douglas, Steele, Exco Levi and Mountain Edge. Bob Marley will be highlighted as an icon with a significant international influence.
“As we celebrate our 50th year of Jamaica’s independence in this high-powered ‘Rocumentary,’ we will showcase some of the best reggae artists and tell you where the words ‘reggae’ and ‘ska’ came from. Dances from ska to dancehall will be showcased as we present highlights of the finest works of our first 50 years of independence, reinforcing the Jamaica brand,” said Denise Jones of Jones & Jones, producer of Jamaican Rhythms.
Jamaican Rhythms will also examine how Jamaica’s contemporary musical history is connected with the dance and talk of the colonial era since Africans first arrived in Jamaica in the 16th century.
“How does a country of less than three million people have such an impact on the world – musically, culturally and creatively?”
From folk, jazz, classical, reggae, dance and spoken word, the world has been heavily influenced by Jamaica’s longstanding musical traditions.
For more information or to purchase tickets ($35, $50, $75), call the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts at 1-855-872-7669 or visit www.sonycentre.ca. Tickets are also available in-person at the Sony Centre box office and Jamaica 50 and Community outlets.