Where is the capital for Reggae Music?
If you said Kingston Jamaica, you share the people of Jamaica and the JMC’s view. Kingston is also the capital of Rock Steady, Ska and is the soil that gave rise to the fertile seed of hip hop!
The JMC conference takes place in Kingston Jamaica at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus. Music is made all day, every day in Kingston! Kingston is the heart of Jamaica’s music industry and represents the epi-center of reggae music globally. This fact is evidenced by the fact that if you have a hit song in Kingston, it is pretty much certain you have the ears of the global consumer base.
In the 70s, 80s and 90s Kingston received a reputation for violence and as a result visitors to the area declined. Since its dark days under the cloud of political violence, Kingston has come a long way and while not crime free, is host to several major events yearly (including conferences, showcases, fashion week, restaurant week, etc.).
Consistent with other major cities around the world, the private sector has started to increase their investment in the Kingston area. Multinational company Digi Cell moved their headquarters to downtown Kingston and the city has recently become home to a corporate friendly bowling alley and is home to many world class restaurants.
Kingston Harbor is also the seventh largest natural harbor in the world. With the widening of the Panama Canal, it is certain that private capital will continue to poor into Kingston to take advantage of this natural gift.
The creative industries have always played a role in the positive development of Kingston. In the age of digitization and globalization, through the principle of collective security and by harnessing the power inherent in their intellectual property, creative Jamaicans have a unique opportunity to be active participants in the transformation of their city.
Kingston is surrounded by the Blue Mountains, Red Hills, Long Mountain and the Kingston Harbour.
Kingston was founded on 22 July 1692, as a place for refugees and survivors of the 1692 earthquake that destroyed Port Royal.
In 2012 the population of Jamaica was estimated to be around 2.9 million.
The population of Kingston area (Kingston and St. Andrew Parish) was estimated at approx.651,880
Over 1 million tourists visit Jamaica every year.
Kingston is home to Usain Bolt’s renown restaurant, Tracks and Records.
Kingston is home to Emancipation park, Devon House and Hope road gardens.
The airport approx. 30 minutes away from the university and there are several hotel options in the area. Transportation by registered taxi cab operators is recommended and can be arranged in advance for groups.
For more information on international travel, including visa information, click here.
Want more information about Jamaica? Go to the Jamaica Tourist Board official website.
While in Jamaica we encourage JMC to take advantage of the rest of the islands natural beauty. There are many beautiful sights to behold. See the land that inspired three enduring genres.