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Jamaica’s Independence Street dance

Bush flies the Jamaican flag.


Jamaica’s 49th Independence celebration, which kicked of early on Friday, was followed by the traditional street dance.

Sound system operator “Super C” and extraordinary sound system selector “Skyatta Hype” left
nothing undone.

Indigenous Jamaicans were not the only ones enjoying the festivities at their celebration. The presence of Caymanians, Philippine and Honduran nationals suggests strong connections between the groups.

Canadians and other nationalities were also present, most of them wearing Jamaican colours.

The traditional concentration of original Reggae music appeared to have been carefully arranged, as it was recognisable to most of the crowd.

The crowd of roughly four hundred strong celebrants, in the earlier part of the event, continuously grew throughout the night.

The celebration was elevated to its traditional spectacle as the crowd thickened.


A combined aroma of fresh and invigorating night breeze mixed with the indigenous Jamaican herbs and spices, transported the culinary culture throughout the entire vicinity.

Jamaican jerk pork and jerk chicken were a crowd favourite during the event.

Black, green and gold colours were ceremoniously paraded in clothes and on vehicles, as Jamaicans both young and old put all of their pride on display.

The crowd’s dramatic response to the Bob Marley songs that were played was proof that the legacy of the late Reggae superstar is impenetrable and highly spiritual to many Jamaicans.

The Jamaicans gained their independence from British Colonial rule in 1962.

It is believed that the journey to independence originated from a courageous and fierce opposition to the slave trade, successfully launched by six men and one woman, all African slaves, who worked on sugar cane plantations in Morant Bay Jamaica.

The seven are now revered as National Heroes.

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