The Rebel Salute Festival is one of the most highly anticipated festivals on the Jamaican entertainment calendar held in the month of January. It is a family-friendly Roots Reggae festival, held in the beautiful parish of St. Ann. It is known for its impressive lineup of top Reggae artistes, tasty Jamaican cuisine and exhibits of fine Jamaican art and craft.
This year lineup included Wayne Wonder, Spragga Benz, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea , Beenie Man, Popcaan Minister Marion Hall formerly known as Lady Saw and a host of other talented reggae singers. The festival is famous for endorsing healthy “ital” food and has therefore maintained a ‘no meat’ as well as a ‘no alcohol’ policy. Healthy foods such as: vegetarian fish dishes, raw food dishes, curried tofu, ackee and saltfish and bammies are offered. Patrons can also appease their taste buds with natural juices made from fruits and vegetables.
The Rebel Salute Festival also offers an arts village with a number of exhibitors showcasing remarkable art and craft items. Wood carvings, straw items, pottery, Jamaican sandals and dazzling fabrics are among the craft items displayed at the event. Over the years Rebel Salute has grown tremendously, as more local and international fans attend. The Rebel Salute festival is seen as one which preserves reggae music and promotes roots and consciousness.
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Dancehall artists Popcaan, Agent Sasco, and Beenie Man among others delivered some memorable sets at whats been dubbed the best Rebel Salute showing to date.
The show saw huge turnouts on both nights of the festival and artists showed up to put on a show at the Grizzly’s Plantation in St Ann. Popcaan is gracing the Salute stage for the first time and no one knew what to expect given that the show is niche towards a more conscious crowd, but the Unruly Boss held his own and ran through hits like “Where We Come From,” “Dream,” “Gangster City,” and “Give Thanks.”
Popcaan acknowledges the crowd as he entered the stage at day break Sunday morning. The Hotskull deejay also shout out his former mentor Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton who are both incarcerated. “Big up Vybz Kartel anywhere… You know it was Vybz Kartel who hep Popcaan up the ladder… big up Buju Banton,” he said.
Wayne Wonder and Spragga Benz.
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Beenie Man performed at the closing of the event and gave the tired patrons a new burst of energy with an energetic set. Agent Sasco was also well received at the event as he reminded us of what a seasoned performer looked like on stage. Sasco was a real crowd please.
Rebel Salute earned the fans' respect with this year’s staging. The reggae festival was well organized and performances were well received with the exception of one incident involving Tarrus Riley and Anthony B. But that matter was quickly resolved.
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Source: The Observer, Urban Islandz, Real Jamaica