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FREDDIE MCGREGOR: ‘If reggae is seen as a bright vibrant music, why is it being treated like this?’

Legendary singer FREDDIE MCGREGOR has spoken out about the Jamaican government’s lack of commitment to reggae music.

Speaking at a Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA) event at the Bob Marley Museum in St Andrew yesterday, MCGREGOR said: "If reggae is seen as a bright vibrant music, why is it being treated like this? This is our country,"

Here’s the video of the interview with MCGREGOR:

His justification for the outburst was that the upcoming Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which features mega US crooner CELINE DION, had attracted JMD$60m in sponsorship from the Tourism Ministry and Tourist Board, while JARIA received just JMD$1.2m in support for ‘Reggae Month’.

MCGREGOR added: “The big question is whether we can actually keep Reggae Month."

According to the Jamaica Observer, the press event also saw the signing of a memorandum of understanding between JARIA and the directors of Reggae Sun Ska Festival (a French festival company), to help build better relations between the Jamaican music industry and European festivals.

ReggaeChapter.com recently caught FREDDIE MCGREGOR performing at the Malcolm X Centre in Bristol. Click here to watch fan-filmed video footage of the show.

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