A celestial, Rastafarian lion submerges the world in his culture and wisdom- he shares his insight with the world.
Reggea always the music of peace and I think we need word peace. With music, patience, passion and love we’ll have word peace.
In this poster, I try to explain this. The color of our skin, what religion we belive, what gender we are doesn’t matter anymore. We just need peace and love.
My initial inspiration was sparked by Mikayla “Koffee” Simpson winning the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album, making her the first woman to take home that award since the category was added in 1985.
Koffee’s win comes at a time just as female reggae artists are rising in popularity internationally, bucking the trend of being overshadowed by their male counterparts.
Before designing this poster, I had very little knowledge about reggae music. During my research, I discovered so many talented women, like Etana, Queen Ifrica, Grace Jones, Rihanna, Lady Saw, Lila Ike, Shenseea, Sister Nancy, Jah9, Jane Macgizmo, and many others. I would put them all on my poster if I could.
Their music inspired me to create “Clap for Queens of Reggae,” a colorful homage to all female reggae artists. The goddess of music is at the center, wearing the traditional colors of Jamaica. She watches over the two women who represent traditional and modern reggae. They have come a long way, but there is still much work to do.
With this poster, I hope to send a message of awareness, hope, and inspiration while also celebrating the contributions that reggae music has brought to the world.
Lion symbolizes reggae sharing it’s love to the world.
I used modular design approach to focus on the global issues that are expressed in Reggae. The design is divided into parts which showcase Reggae music and Jamaican culture along with elements that address problems ranging from poverty and health to climate change by referring to sustainable development goals (SDG). Together, all these parts create holistic pattern which stands for the role of music as a mobilizing force in the international attitude towards solving humankind problems and making sustainable development earn the world’s attention. This pattern also portrays a flag which stripes are going up to the right corner symbolizing growth. I also decided to merge Reggae-related elements with contemporary design to represent this genre as one which has vibrant history and is up to date at the same time. You can decipher parts of the poster into elements like vinyl records, palms, Jamaican flag and a boom box. A slightly different tints of traditional red, green and yellow colors were chosen to add freshness. I wanted to express how the fusion of visual art with the deep sense of Reggae music and the vibe of Jamaican culture can make this world better by informing people about the SDGs.
While getting to know reggae better I discovered Desmond Dekker’s song called Israelites, I fell in love with the song. Great music doesn’t age. Israel, and Africa, are important to Rastafarians and reggae so I decided to paint this gorgeous bird, a hoopoe, Israel’s national bird. (I didn’t draw the Jamaican’s hummingbird because somebody already did it.) Reggae can make you to fly over the oceans just to enjoy the music the fullest on its birthplace, Jamaica.
Tribute to Errol Flabba Holt
Reggae is a tradition and growing up like a vast tree.
This poster is titled as ‘Freedom’ as it depicts the freedom of mind from all the sorrow and distress, by listening to the Reggae music. The birds represent the freedom and are colored as red, yellow, and green which are the colors of the Rasta flag. The poster also depicts the growth of the mind. As Bob Marley quotes “None but ourselves can free our minds.”, the poster depicts a man holding the top part of his head to free his mind from all the negative thoughts.
I wanna show the strength, kingship and pride of being African by representing a Lion with a music boom box and a headset represent their love on music and style with a touch of a sunglasses representing the calming and cool vibes of their music. I got the title from showing the lion’s head which is shape of a heart while the boombox and the headset shows the beat of the heart like a stethoscope where you hear the heart beat of a person.