Catch the Rhythm of Jamaica

Welcome to the birthplace of Reggae!

From the legendary sounds of Bob Marley to the infectious rhythms of dancehall, music is an integral part of Jamaica's cultural fabric. After all, Jamaica gave the world six distinct genres of music - Mento, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, and Dancehall! Get ready to embark on a musical journey that will ignite your soul and leave you longing for more as you come back to lively!

Folk Music

As you explore the vibrant musical landscape of Jamaica, don't miss the chance to delve into the enchanting world of folk music. From the vibrant Kumina rhythms of the Maroons to the soulful sounds of the Nyabinghi drumming, Jamaican folk music offers a captivating glimpse into the island's rich heritage.  Check out our calendar of events for vibrant celebrations and festivals showcasing these diverse folk music traditions, such as the Accompong Maroon Festival and Trelawny Yam Festival. 


Jamaica's music was built on Mento. It's not uncommon to see Mento performers at Jamaican resorts welcoming you to the island. Take a trip to the countryside or explore local villages to experience the authentic sounds of Mento, often performed by talented musicians who carry on this traditional genre. Let the lively melodies and playful lyrics transport you to a simpler time in Jamaica's musical past.

Ska and Rocksteady

To truly appreciate the evolution of Jamaican music, delve into the nostalgic sounds of ska and rocksteady. These genres emerged in the 1960s and laid the foundation for reggae. Ska, with its upbeat tempo and catchy melodies, will transport you to a bygone era of Jamaican music. Rocksteady, on the other hand, slows down the rhythm and focuses on smooth vocal harmonies. Explore music history at the Jamaica Music Museum to discover the roots of reggae and witness the influential sounds that continue to resonate today.


Reggae, the soul-stirring music that resonates throughout Jamaica, is an essential part of the island's identity. Born in the streets of Kingston, reggae is a philosophy - a way of life. Its smooth basslines, uplifting melodies, and powerful lyrics touch the hearts of millions around the world. To fully immerse yourself in the reggae experience, visit the Bob Marley Museum, explore Trench Town's musical history, and groove to live performances at local venues.


If you're looking for a vibrant, energetic music scene, look no further than dancehall. Originating in Jamaica in the late 1970s, dancehall is a dynamic fusion of reggae, hip-hop, and electronic beats. Its infectious rhythms and catchy lyrics will have you moving your hips and feeling the pulse of the island. Immerse yourself in dancehall culture by attending a street party where you can witness mesmerizing dances and experience the electric atmosphere firsthand. Get ready to embrace the contagious energy and let loose on the dancefloor!

Live Music and Festivals

From beachside reggae concerts to lively street performances, there's always a rhythm in the air. Don't miss the opportunity to attend major music festivals like Reggae Sumfest or Rebel Salute, where you can soak up the authentic sounds of Jamaica and connect with fellow music enthusiasts. Let the melodies wash over you as you become part of the vibrant Jamaican music scene.

Get ready to rock to the beat of Jamaica and come back to the vibe that comes alive!