Jamaica, JAMAICA! A historical musical exploration!

Jamaica, Jamaica!: How Jamaican Music Conquered the World

The latest exhibition on show, aptly titled “Jamaica, Jamaica: How Jamaican Music Conquered the World” has been on show at the National Gallery since opening on February 2, 2020. It is a collaborative execution between the National Gallery of Jamaica, The Ministry of Culture, Gender and Sports and the Jamaica Music with La Philharmonie de Paris, all done as part of Jamaica’s 2020 Reggae Month celebrations.

A Little Backstory

The exhibition was named after the 1985 hit by Brigadier Jerry. The exhibition that was previously named the General, was renamed Jamaica Jamaica when it landed here on our shores.It displays how Jamaica has become a leading force in the heritage of the world and history of music. It explores the birth of reggar and the subsequent development of the world famous dancehall culture, starting with kumina and revival, then mento in the 19th century then ska, jazz and rocksteady.

Visiting the Jamaica Jamaica Exhibition

It was slated to run until June 28 of the same year but due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, most things had been put on hold and the National Gallery of Jamaica had closed its doors to help stem the spread of the virus. As of today, the doors of the gallery remain closed, but stay tuned to their IG Page for more updates!

In the meantime, let me tell you about my tour of the exhibition!

The Exhibition through pictures

I entered the gallery on a Sunday evening to the musical musings of the Heavyweight Rockaz and after their performance and the tone was set, I made my way through the exhibition.

By Leasho Johnson
Dancehall posters of yesteryear
By Ebony Patterson

I do hope this article has provided a little insight and has wet your appetitie to go and see teh show when it does open up again. Follow the National Gallery Instagram Page for more details and I do hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Keep safe and ALL THE BEST!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, this is really beautiful! I like how the musical instruments are crafted to alter their regular look especially the gun guitar.
    Jamaican music truly conquered the world.
    Thanks for sharing Vanessa!

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    1. Yes! By nature we are a creative people indeed! Thank you for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed!

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  2. This article brought back good memories. Jamaica, Jamaica! is a lovely exhibit. It’s one I probably would have gone another time to see. 🙂


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