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by Laleanna Fararie

Atlanta, Georgia is a home away from Yard for many Jamaicans and children of such decent. The city has long been a hub for West Indians migrants, and hosts one of the strongest Jamaican communities in the United States. Throughout the southern metropolis you will taste authentic Jamaican cuisine

Atlanta, Georgia is a home away from Yard for many Jamaicans and children of such decent. The city has long been a hub for West Indians migrants, and hosts one of the strongest Jamaican communities in the United States. Throughout the southern metropolis you will taste authentic Jamaican cuisine, hear patois spoken amongst friends in public venues, and see the colors black, green, and gold displaying national pride in the windows of shops, restaurants, and cars.

From these same vehicles and buildings one will often hear Jamaican music blasting over the airwaves. Reggae, one of the island's most recognizable entities, is a way of life for Yardies here. The dancehall/reggae movement helps curb the sense of nostalgia for many island natives and connects people of all races to our positive vibrations.

The dynamic Jamaican music scene in Atlanta brings out people of every nationality to dance, socialize and represent who they are. There are parties to accommodate all types of reggae lovers; from soirees in the most lavish venues attended by beautiful models and V.I.P. patrons, to local bashments with avid attendants dressed to 'puss foot' in the latest Yard trends. For the more polished crowd promoters Trends Concept have Atlanta's top selectors infuse reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Pop, and Soca to cater to the dance's diverse crowd.

The lively rhythm of Atlanta is also driven by Jamaican inspired events inspired events, underground talent and urban fashion. Local artistes like Madd People whose performances have gained increasing popularity and Dr? whose alternative infused reggae and dancehall acts draws large crowds are a testament to the strength of Jamaican music in the region.

Clothing lines such as Rep-JA attract people of all nationalities to Jamaican-American lifestyle. Reggae stage shows, family fun days, Caribbean Carnival and Atlanta's annual Jerk Festival are also large attractions that draw individuals from far and wide to celebrate West Indian and Jamaican culture.

Georgia's southern hospitality meets Jamaica's island flavor creating an unforgettable experience for those who live, work and visit the city. Deejays, dancers, fashionistas, artistes, and reggae enthusiasts willingly share their passion for the genre and carib-culture. Out of many, Atlanta's reggae scene is a vibrant gathering of music, art, and lifestyle. Atlanta Caribbean is you, me, and "all ah we".

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