jamaica Jamaica -The weather:Average temperatures in Jamaica range between 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius-2 degrees Celsius), with July and August being the hottest months and February the coolest. Temperatures in Jamaica generally vary approximately 10 degrees from summer to winter. Nevertheless, you should be prepared for winter in Jamaica to be slightly cooler, especially at the higher altitudes. In the mountains, temperatures can dip to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). The rainiest weather in Jamaica occurs in May and June and again in October and November and can sometimes extend into December. While the average annual rainfall is 50.70 inches, accumulation varies dramatically across the island. In contrast to the southwestern coast of Jamaica. Jamaica does lie in the hurricane belt, and the official hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
Plants that grow there: In Jamaica are over three thousand of species of plants that grow on the island, and the 27% of them are found nowhere else in the earth like:The Lignum Vitae, Poinciana, Hibiscus, Flamenco Dwarf Mix, Kiss Me Over the Garden, Heliconia, Sandalwood Bramble, Fern, Jamaican Orchids, Blue Mahoe, Arnatto/Annatto, etc.
Animals that live on Jamaica: There are more than 200 species of birds, 25 of which are endemic and 21 sub species which are found nowhere else. There are a butterfly in endangered is theSwallowtail Butterfly. In Jamaica there is animals like: Jamaican Iguana, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Coney or Jamaican Huita.
Dance is a part of Jamaican culture and everyday life, and it always has been. Whether European settlers or African slaves, every new Jamaican brought their own native dances, and many have evolved and combined to form traditional Jamaican dances.
Jonkonnu Jonkonnu is more than just a celebration, it is a dance and a musical tradition as well. However, Jonkonnu dance traditions make it the island's oldest style on record. It blends authentically Jamaican styles to become the dance performed at today's celebrations. Typically, African groups would enact mime-style plays, while European traditions of folk theater played short scenes and recitations. Specific dances are ascribed to the dancers, each with their own role and character to portray. Pitchy Patchy dances with small, quick steps and turns cartwheels. He moves in large, circular patterns. Cow Head moves in bucking motions and is usually bent low to the ground. Devil alternates small, bouncy steps with much longer ones and makes quick turns and jabs with his pitchfork. Belly Woman, sometimes considered to be a negative image of mulatto women, made movements with her belly in time to the music.
Tradicional musics The music of Jamaica includes Jamaican folk music and many popular genres, such mento, ska, rock steady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, reggae fusion and related styles. Jamaica's music culture is a fusion of elements from the United States (rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul), Africaand neighboring Caribbean islands such as Trinidadcalypso) and Soca. Reggae is especially popular through the international fame of Bob Marley. Jamaican music's influence on music styles in other countries includes the practice of toasting, which was brought to New York City and evolved into rapping. British genres as Lovers rock and jungle music are influenced by Jamaican music. Mento Mento was recorded in Jamaica in the 1950s due to the efforts of Stanley Motta, who noted the similarities between Jamaican folk and Trinidadian calypso, which was becoming popular around the world. For decades, mento bands toured the big hotels in Jamaica. While mento never found as large an international audience as calypso, some of mento recordings, such as by Count Lasher, Lord Composer and George Moxey, are now widely-respected legends of Jamaican music. Although mento has largely been supplanted by successors like reggae and dub, the style is still performed, recorded, and released internationally by traditionalist performers like the Jolly Boys.
Traditional instruments We inherited instruments dating back as far as the Arawaks, the early inhabitants. Of course, been a predominantly black population (over 90%), the majority of our muscial instruments are originated from Africa, but we have invaluable input from the Chineese, Indians, Syrians and the Europeans- all of whom played integral roles in our The arawaks contributed at least six (6) musical instruments. These include the: Large Drums The FluteIncluding one made of bone. Although not much was said of what type of animal, especially since the animals in Jamaica were all small. It is theorized that perhaps the said bone was that of the Caribs, their enemies who were thought to be much fiercer than the arawaks. Aeolian Harps Tabors (small drums)was evidently as small drum. Trumpet Timbrells or Tambourines historical development
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traditionalscelebrations Generally speaking our Jamaicancelebrations pays tributes to, recognize, and honor our people -past and present, our culture, our music, our food, and everything that defines us Jamaican. The Music Festivals Thanks to the extreme popularity of Reggae Music, our music festivals are well known. Reggae Sumfest, Reggae Sunsplash, East Fest and Rebel Salute, are probably the biggest names in local music events. Of course, their is also the annual International Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival, The Ocho Rios Jazz festivals, The Port Royal Music festival and the ever exciting Jamaica Carnival. By the way, 2008 marked the inaugural Reggae Academy