Rebel Salute is an annual music Festival held in Jamaica. It is held January 15 each year, which is the birthday of the promoter, Tony Rebel. It is one of Jamaica's biggest music festival, known for its focus on roots and conscious music. The Festival began in 1994 in the Parish of Manchester and was held annually in St. Elizabeth on the country's south coast until 2012. As of 2014, the Festival is now a two-day event, held in the Richmond Park Estate in Saint Ann. The Festival is also known for its strict no meat and no alchohol rules. The Festival is also known to feature dancehall performers not normally known for 'conscious' lyrics, by billing the under their birth name, rather than their stage name, in order to highlight their 'other' side.
The Festival provides the biggest stage for 'conscious' regggae artistes. It has provided a platform for new reggae artiste like Koffee, Chronix, Protege, Kibaka Pyramid, Jessi Royal, Lila Ike and many others. Some of the artiste have gone on to win or nominted for Grammys. Koffee is now a 'Grammy kid' and Chronix and Portege have been nominated.
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Tony Rebel along with public and private partnerships