Successful Japanese Tour Highlights Deep Appreciation for Reggae and Jamaican Culture
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Following his recent Japanese tour, acclaimed reggae musician Sizzla Kalonji expressed his gratitude for the global appreciation of Jamaican music and culture. The Everlasting tour featured the Take Myself Away artist performing 13 shows in 14 days. After a three-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sizzla was delighted to share reggae music with the world once more.
He described the tour as prosperous and enlightening, with fans showing great appreciation for the reggae dancehall concerts. “The COVID-19 pandemic might have set back many things in our lives, but the Japanese have shown immense love for our reggae/dancehall music, and this tour has reinvigorated us to hit the road again,” he said.
Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, shared that after his first tour since 2019, he has a renewed energy and a deeper respect for reggae music fans, particularly in the Japanese market. He observed that the Japanese people have always valued Jamaican culture and embraced Rastafarianism. The Japanese have even integrated elements of the culture, such as the red, gold, and green colors, into their own brands. They are also learning the vernacular, creating sound systems, participating in clashes, and winning.
Sizzla believes that some aspects of the entertainment industry are not celebrated enough and pointed out that in countries like Japan, Jamaican music is considered global and highly esteemed. “We in Jamaica might not realize how much the Japanese love our music and lifestyle, which is something that is sometimes overlooked by our own government and people,” he said.
He also noted that the music has inspired Japanese fans to visit Jamaica frequently to learn about the people, culture, and cuisine. Sizzla is honored to be part of a culture that receives such global admiration, stating, “Music is life, and I am so honored to be a part of such contributions. Reggae music is hugely popular here, aside from their own indigenous music, and my team and I were treated very well. If given the opportunity, I would visit more often.”