Grange: Rebel Salute is a celebration of Reggae

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (right) shares a light moment with Entertainer, Tony Rebel (centre) and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn at the launch of Rebel Salute 2019 on Thursday, 28 December 2018. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (right) shares a light moment with Entertainer, Tony Rebel (centre) and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn at the launch of Rebel Salute 2019 on Thursday, 28 December 2018. MCGES/Marlon Morgan

Kingston 28 December 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says next January’s staging of Rebel Salute will be a celebration of “the role played historically by Reggae music in the liberation of oppressed people across the world.”

Minister Grange made the comment on Thursday (27 December) at the launch of the 2019 edition of Rebel Salute, which will be one of the first major Reggae music festivals in Jamaica since Reggae music was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the end of November. 

The Minister said “we had to fight” for this inscription, which is something that we must “never take for granted.”

Rebel Salute 2019, which will receive financial support from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is one of Jamaica’s premier entertainment events.

According to Minister Grange: 

“Among the signature features of Rebel Salute is its unabashed presentation of our Jamaican and African heritage.  Tony Rebel and Rebel Salute understand the importance of presenting to our people the dignity and integrity of our African ancestry as represented by the Rastafari culture and ideology.  It is about inspiring our people to stand proud in promoting our heritage.”

Rebel Salute will be held on January 18 and 19, 2019 at Plantation Cove in St Ann.

Entertainment Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange speaking at the launch of the 2019 edition of Rebel Salute

Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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