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Reggae in Jamaica Today

Michael Christopher-Brown goes in search of the rising reggae stars in Jamaica's capital city, Kingston

Michael Christopher Brown

Michael Christopher Brown Jamnesia Surf Camp director and surf coach Billy Wilmot, aka Billy Mystic or Uncle Bill, is a surf legend in Jamaica. Eight Miles Bull Bay, Jamnesia, Kingston, Jamaica. March 11, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown The Jamaica Reggae artist Kabaka Pyramid, inside and on the road outside Grafton Studios. Kingston, Jamaica. March 10, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown JAMAICA. KINGSTON. EIGHT MILES BULL BAY. JAMNESIA. MARCH 11, 2015. Jamnesia Surf Camp director and surf coach Billy Wilmot, aka Billy Mystic or Uncle Bill, is a surf legend in Jamaica. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Street life in downtown Kingston. Kingston, Jamaica. March 14, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown A jam session, at Kevin's house in Kingston. Kingston, Jamaica. March 12, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown The Jamaica artist Yaadcore, at Dub Wise before and during his performance. Kingston, Jamaica. March 11, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Addis Pablo, son of late dub/reggae legend Augustus Pablo, hangs out with friends at the former house of Dennis Brown, on Orange Street in Kingston. Kingston, Jamaica. March 9, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown At a concert for the Jamaican artist and singer Chronixx, during his Capture Land tour (his first tour around Jamaica). Kingston, Jamaica. March 14, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown The Jamaican Reggae artist and singer Kelissa, on a hill overlooking Kingston. Kingston, Jamaica. March 12, 2015 © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown The Jamaica Reggae artist Kabaka Pyramid, inside and on the road outside Grafton Studios. Kingston, Jamaica. March 10, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown | Reggae in Jamaica Today A jam session, at Kevin's house in Kingston. Kingston, Jamaica. March 12, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown | Reggae in Jamaica Today The Jamaica Reggae artist Protoje, in beige hat and suit, at his album release party at Pegasus Gardens. Kingston, Jamaica. March 9, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown During a concert for Jamaica artist and singer Chronixx, at St. Elizabeth Technical High School in Santa Cruz. Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica. March 13, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown During a concert for Jamaica artist and singer Chronixx, at St. Elizabeth Technical High School in Santa Cruz. Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica. March 13, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown At a concert for the Jamaican artist and singer Chronixx, pictured here, during his Capture Land tour (his first tour around Jamaica). Kingston, Jamaica. March 14, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Jamaica artist Jah 9 at a Yoga Retreat located at Bromley Estate, on the outskirts of Ocho Rios. Ocho Rios, Jamaica. March 12, 2015. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos

“In March 2015, I spent a week in Kingston, Jamaica, for Vogue photographing some of the young Reggae stars and their surroundings.

For decades, Reggae has been at the heart of Jamaican culture and it was interesting to see some of the older generations at the concerts, watching and cheering these young men and women who now carry the torch and keep the fire burning.” – Michael Christopher Brown.