Reggae meets Carnival in Brazil Image

by Biko Kennedy

Boasting a number of Jamaican personalities and musician, last weekend’s Florianopolis Carnival in Brazil painted a vibrant persona of the universal language of Reggae with a float littered with a myriad of Jamaica colours.

Those present included veteran vocalist Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh’s son Andrew, Miss World 1976 Cindy Breakspeare and Wailer’s publicist Maxine Stowe whom were joined by former Jamaica football coach Rene Simoes, and Brazilian music promoter Chritiano Andrade.

The 65-year-old Wailer expressed that "Being in Brazil, to see and feel the love of Reggae and the Wailers there, in their National Carnival, is an indication of the impact that Reggae, Rastafari and Jamaica has there," to Cecelia Campbell-Livingston of the Jamaica Observer, noted that it was his first time there.

"The float touched on all aspects of our music and culture…the Brazilian people are seeking more tangible connections with Jamaica and we need to respond in a manner that is mutually beneficial to our music and culture," he said.

With the Reggae communities rapidly growing within Brazil - including places such as Rio de Janiero, Salvador de Bahia and Sao Paulo, Stowe hinted at a Wailer tour in Brazil

"There is a lot of planning to get a tour going and in the right manner. We are exploring now what Jamaica will be doing as even though the Reggae Boyz didn't make it (to the World Cup) reggae lives there, so we are now focused and speaking with the JTB (Jamaica Tourist Board), to see what their plans are,” she said.

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