Reggae Sunsplash 1983 Montego Bay Jamaica
In the late summer of 1983 I boarded a plane at the Greater Cincinnati Airport headed to Chicago where I'd board Air Jamaica on my way to the Reggae Sunsplash. On arrival in Montego Bay as I was coming down the steps of the plane I was greeted by a group of approx. 20 Jamaican children sing Bob Marley's One Love. I knew right then my next five days were going to be Irie. The first order of the day was to find a taxi to the hotel. No problem, jumped into the taxi and realized the driver was a Rasta , which would turn out to be beneficial in procuring a stash of ganja for the upcoming evening. The first night was a beach party where mostly the locals were hanging out. There was music and dancing until sunrise. The next four days were spent sightseeing, Negril, the beach, eating curry goat and just moving around in the bowels of Montego Bay. A trip to the straw market proved prosperous, I met Zeffy, who not only had a great line on ganja he even changed my American dollars for Jamaican at a rate better than the bank. The Sunsplash itself lasted four nights, from sundown to sunup and was one of the best lineups of music I've seen. Here, along with some photos, are some videos from that !983 Reggae Sunsplash. Hope you enjoy them! Irie!!