Caribbean Music Festivals in January | 2BKaribbean’s Top 5 List

Curated by Jasmine Brooks

The Caribbean region is well known for its rich and diverse musical history. In our Top 5 Caribbean Music Festivals List, we showcase the events that highlight the region’s musical talent.  Check out our list of events in January.

  1. Rebel Salute 

  • Date: Jan 18-19
  • Where: Jamaica

 This annual music festival in Jamaica has been in existence for over 25 years. It is celebrated near the birth date of promoter Tony Rebel on January 15th. It is arguable one of Jamaica’s most recognized music festival with a special focus on conscious reggae music.  The festival’s humble beginnings began at Fayor’s Entertainment Center, Mandeville. It has since grown into a two-day event at the Richmond Park Estate in St Ann’s Parish. The festival’s mission is ‘For the preservation of reggae.’ The organizers are dedicated to maintaining an uplifting and empowering brand for the festival and to embody this, they do not allow vendors or patrons to partake in alcohol consumption or meat consumption. There is also a strict policy against profanity and certain types of lyrics. From art, to culture, to music, to food, Rebel Salute has all your authentic reggae lifestyle needs.


  1. Honey Jazz Barbados Festival 

  • Date: Jan 26-31
  • Where: Barbados

Honey Jazz Barbados Festival has a very positive mission. Outside of showcasing talented artiste, the Jazz Barbados festival is dedicated to the promotion, teaching, guidance and support of young women in art. * The annual event organized by the Honey Jam program will take place at the  Frank Collymore Hall this year. It showcases diverse musical styles and talents of its particpants.  The initiative started in Canada in 1995 by Barbadian Ebonnie Rowe where their most famous alums include Grammy winners Nelly Furtado and Melanie Fiona

The visitors can enjoy Festival vocal concerts, writing poetry and various workshops.


  1. Wake Up Live Benefit Concert 

  • Date: Jan 26
  • Where: Jamaica


The Wake Up and Live Benefit Concert is presented by the Xana Romeo Foundation which aims to assist disenfranchised young mothers with costly postnatal care and financial assistance with educational opportunities. Our foundation will assist some of these mothers with feminine products, baby clothes, baby diapers and other important maternal paraphernalia. All proceeds for this year’s show will go to the Women’s Center of St Ann. We are excited to announce music performances from Xana Romeo, Max Romeo, Azizzi Romeo, Micah Shemaiah, Lutan Fyah, Derrick Morgan, and more!Gates open at 1pm with live art in the daytime with musical vibrations from Gabre Selassie. Show begins at 3pm to 12am



 4. Mustique Blues Festival  

  • Date: Jan 23-Feb 6
  • Where: Grenadines


Mustique Blues Festival is an annual charity music event that takes place at Basil’s Bar during the last week in January. Blues musicians from around the world come to perform at this extremely popular festival.  Grenadine’s own Basil’s Bar will be hosting the 24th Mustique Blues Festival on January 23-February 6. This festival features less well-known, yet highly skilled, talented musical artists.


5. Bequia Music Fest 

  • Date: Jan 30-Feb 3
  • Where: Grenadines

It’s all about inclusivity. Everyone’s welcome, everyone takes part.”  ElwoodKitten Trip Advisor* From January 30- February 3, the Grenadines will host their annual Bequia Music Fest at Plantation Hotel in Bequia. This four day event showcases Caribbean music talent from a wide range  of international, regional and local acts across a diverse list of genres. One night will even feature performances from the aforementioned Mustique Blues Festival. Bequia Music Fest prides itself as being intimate, friendly and diverse. All are welcome to come and enjoy this unique experience.





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