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Posted: February 26, 2010
K'Shema Francis's picture

With only a few days remaining to the end of Reggae Month, many feathers are ruffled especially those on the organizing end.

During the Easy Skanking show, hosted by Elsie Kelly on Thursday, entertainers Tanya Stephens and Barrington Levy criticized the effectiveness of Reggae Month and its contribution to the music industry. (CLIP 1)

Moments later, veteran entertainer and member of JARIA Freddie McGregor, called in to defend Reggae Month stating that it is not a government supported event. Freddie sparked further controversy when claimed that JARIA gave the organizers of Fi Wi Sin Ting $400,000.00JA towards the event. (CLIP 2)

When Music News contacted Fi Wi Sin Ting promoter, Sister P she flatly denounce Freddie McGregor’s claims that she has received money from JARIA. (CLIP 3)

Well, well, some serious investigating needs to be done. And why did the government drop Reggae Month on JARIA? What will happen to Reggae Month next year?

Reggae Month was officially launched in 2008 by the government.
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The station officially went on air on August 1, 1990. Reggae in the morning, Reggae in the evening, Reggae in the night was the cry. Critics said it was impossible to sustain a 24-hour Reggae music station. In fact, so strong was the impact, it proved that this format was something the Jamaican public yearned for. The 'little station that could' got all media houses in Jamaica to stand up and take note.

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