Historically speaking the melodic, soulful and energetic vibe of the reggae culture has not expanded to many small cities or states within the U.S. NYC and Miami, of course, are heralded as the forerunners for the reggae “bashments” and festivals that bring thousands of families and curious on-lookers, who ultimately become fans.
However, thanks to the continued efforts of many reggae enthusiasts, such as The Parris Agency, the small wonder state of Delaware is quickly becoming a hub for that delectable taste of reggae.
Truth be told, Delaware since being the home of reggae legendary artist, the late and great Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley has earned a right to be a central part of the reggae culture in the U.S. This prized treasure of a memorial home is still alive and vibrant in the North Wilmington area and still draws many visitors curious to get a small view of where such a legend had grass roots.
Thanks to the city of Wilmington the park located directly across from this home will be dedicated to Bob Marley and renamed “One Love Park”. A title fitting for the legend and well as a symbol for two small words with large meaning for those engulfed in the Caribbean culture.
Most recently, at the annual People’s festival: A Tribute to Bob Marley, the promoters brought phenomenal reggae artist I-Octane to the show, who quickly garnered praises via his show of versatility, performing a set featuring mainly songs from his critically acclaimed “My Journey” album. I-Octane, however, did not stop there. He went on to perform at an after party event, which once again provided fans and party goers with an eclectic sound of hits.
The Parris Agency and Kevin Allen Media have started a documentary about Caribbean culture with the first subject focusing on Reggae and Dancehall in Wilmington with Kevin Allen. As the reggae culture grows in Delaware, the hope from all the key contributors is to have Bob Marley’s main goal continue to come to live, to have One Love and solidarity among all people. As many would say in the Caribbean “big up” to the People’s Festival and all those keeping reggae alive in the First State.