The citizens of Jamaica today celebrated their 49th anniversary of your independence.
“We join you in celebrating the rich history and culture of Jamaica and honoring the many accomplishments of the Jamaican people.” -Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton said she visited Montego Bay in June for a high-level U.S.-Caribbean meeting. She said she was fortunate to experience Jamaica’s well-known warmth and hospitality. She added that during that visit, she was reminded of the strong historical ties between our two countries. She highlighted that Americans of Jamaican descent have contributed so much to our country and the world.
“On this anniversary of your independence, we honor all Jamaicans, and celebrate the vibrant friendship between our countries.” -Ms. Clinton
Jamaica is a small nation. Jamaican culture has a strong global presence. The musical genres reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub, and ragga all originated in the island’s vibrant, popular urban recording industry. Jamaica said to play an important role in the development of punk rock, through reggae.