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The dynamic genres that have made up its popular music over 50 years of Independence will receive special recognition during this year’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. A journey through Jamaican music, featuring well-known Jamaican artistes, will be staged on the festival’s first day, Jan. 26. “The idea is to showcase the music from the time we gained our Independence to now,” explained Junior Taylor, associate producer with Art of Music Productions, the company presenting the event.

drnoracMiami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live! Performing Arts Series and Miami Light Project proudly present award-winning choreographer Nora Chipaumire for the first time in South Florida on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 - 21, 2012, at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse.

A 2011 USA Artist Dance Fellow, Chipaumire’s work is defined by her dialogue with Africa – asking difficult questions, exploring new ways of seeing, hearing and representing, and her fierce desire to move people to action. For her South Florida premiere, she will perform solo works Chimurenga, Dark Swan and offer a sneak peak of her latest choreographic work, Miriam.

Destra Garcia promises fans attending the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival - The Art of Music this month some new flavors from her already impressive menu.

"I am no stranger to Jamaica - everybody knows I can rock the house," said the soca music sensation from her Trinidad home last week. But she promised that festival attendees will see "a different side of Destra that Jamaica has never seen before."

The 18th Annual Pepsi Rebel Salute has returned and will feature a superstar line-up, including Stephen Marley, Johnny Obsourne, Maxi Priest, Gramps Morgan, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, Luciano and Tony Rebel, the festival organizer. The Pepsi Rebel Salute will take place on Saturday, January 14, at the Port Kaiser Sports Club in St. Elizabeth. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is among the sponsors for the concert event.
Jamaica’s top roots reggae show, the event attracts visitors from the United States, Canada and Europe, who are looking for reggae in a family-friendly environment. The show’s mantra focuses on the principles of positive living. Attendees of the Pepsi Rebel Salute have healthy food and beverage choices including fresh juices, vegetables and fruits.