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Reggae and Culture

Duration: 12 Hours

reggae and culture

Embark on this one-of-a-kind journey towards the heart of Jamaican culture and its reggae folklore! Discover the island’s Reggae history, visit the most iconic reggae places and top it off with a visit to one of Jamaica’s revival churches to mix with the locals and learn about their heritage and traditions. Join us in this fabulous cultural tour around Jamaica’s national for the experience of a lifetime!

Our journey of discovery starts with a drive along the island’s northern coast as we turn inland towards the mountains in order to reach our first destination. We will soon be arriving at Nine Miles, the place who witnessed the birth of the world’s greatest reggae legend! It was here that the Caribbean king of reggae was born and the very same place where he still rests at peace. This quaint village located up in the mountains of St Ann is the place Bob Marley called home and the place he returned to whenever he needed time to himself and space to feel free.

On this guided tour you will discover many facts about the legend’s early life as well as learn about the rich history and vibrant culture of the region. Nine Miles is offers visitors with a dramatic cultural adventure in an unspoilt setting like nothing found anywhere else in the world. The tour will take you through the house where Bob lived as youngster and our guide will share stories about his childhood and musical career. A visit to Nine Miles is a family affair since many of Bob’s close relatives still live here and this is the place where the king still lives on…  in spirit.

We continue with a drive through the hills of the panoramic Lush Garden Parish in St Ann, where we will be stopping at one of Jamaica’s most important revival churches to learn more about the island’s folklore and religious beliefs. This will truly be an interesting and enlightening encounter where you will be fascinated and captivated by what you see and hear. Revival churches can be found all over Jamaica but it is precisely in the deep rural areas like this one that they have a stronger presence. On certain dates of the year, towards the end of each quarter revitalists may be seen travelling to Watt Town in St Ann, since this parish is one of the most popular revival meeting places. Learn about the particulars of these ceremonies and take part in some of the church’s services, listen to the choir singing hymns and choruses, witness some of dancing rituals and if you’re in luck you might even get to see a healing or spiritual possessions. You will certainly enjoy this enlightening visit to a church where all aspects of the religion are usually on display and come to life every day of the week. This will be a spiritual experience and a learning journey of cultural discovery that you will never forget!

Truly a day to learn and appreciate the authentic Jamaican culture in all its glory!

A delicious lunch will be included at a Jamaican Jerk Center where you will enjoy truly typical and traditional dishes to go with your typically traditional and all authentic Jamaican day.

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