The sixth anniversary edition of the Jamming Festival is being held in Bogota this weekend, with the comforting, swinging rhythm of reggae music gracing the airwaves.
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The annual event was born after a successful performance by Damien Marley in 2012. The concert series has since taken off, attracting artists from every genre and medium. The event also features lectures and workshops with disc jockeys and historians.
In past years, visiting bands have entertained crowds with reggae, ska, dancehall, dub and raggamuffin from around the world. This year, the festival’s entertainment carries a theme of Latin American, Jamaican and European music. The partying started early, with doors opening at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Ras Jahonnan, a talented reggae artist, kicking off the event.
The lineup includes artists Ali A.K.A. Mind, Apache, Jah Nattoh, Swan Fyahbwoy, the Chilean band Gondwana and the Jamaican band Inner Circle, among others.
Surrounding these acts will be performances from local musicians and disc jockeys. The venue will also include ferris wheels, challenging fair games, bungy jumping and dance floors for concert goers to enjoy.
For those wishing for an escape from the bustling crowds, refuge can be found in the Academic Jamming Center, where conferences on films and documentaries about reggae music were held. The 17-hour event closes with a final act from reggae artist Ky-Mani Marley, a Jamaica native, who will carry the crowd away with the sounds of tropical beats.
Organizers of the Jamming Festival describe the event as place where respect, tolerance and freedom flow, with a critical and positive vision for society.