Inside Reggae Music Experience

Kingston and Port Antonio Jamaica

5 reviews
Feb 2 - 10, 2019
Group size: 10 - 20
Inside Reggae Music Experience
Kingston and Port Antonio Jamaica

5 reviews

Deposit: $350
Feb 2 - 10, 2019
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

 TRAVEL INSIDE REGGAE; An Afro-Jamaican Cultural-Musical Immersion

with Maroghini and Matt Jenson


“Reggae music crawls into your bloodstream like some vampire amoeba from the psychic rapids of Upper Niger consciousness.”* If this music has crawled into your bloodstream with its earth shattering drum and bass riddim, its politically and spiritually driving messages of revolution and liberation, and its power to jettison you directly to a higher state of consciousness, then this cultural-musical immersion trip will satisfy your yearning for an even deeper, visceral understanding of Afro-Jamaican reggae music. 

Join Jamaican master percussionist Maroghini and keyboardist/songwriter/educator Matt Jenson as they guide you through the streets of Kingston and the lush countryside of this amazing island injecting you directly into experiences such as attending various concerts in the city with both well known and up an coming artists, witnessing musical demonstrations dissecting the roles of the instruments in various reggae styles with some of the master originators of the music, a trip to the hills to experience the sacred drumming roots of the style, a celebration of Bob Marley’s 74th birthday in a day-long music festival at his home, some R&R time on the beach, and more. This trip is part academic musicological study, part socio-political discussion group, part transcendent drum experience and part jam session / dance party! 

Ideally suited for musicians (both professional and non professional) and non-musicians who have a deep affinity for the study of music from the perspective of a musician and humble witness of culture. 

*A quote from Australian Journalist Michael Thomas, appearing in an article in Rolling Stone magazine, c. 1973 (

Trip Hosts

About Matt Jenson: Professor of piano at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and creator of the “Music and Life of Bob Marley Class/Ensemble.” Matt has worked with Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, and members of Steel Pulse. He currently leads his reggae group The Liquid Revolution and is touring with the internationally known Reggae band Groundation. He’s been to Jamaica many times, delving deeply into music culture and is currently developing the reggae educational platform, “The Art of Reggae.” 

About Maroghini: Master percussionist from Kingston, author, lecturer, sound therapist and vocalist. Former percussionist for Jimmy Cliff. He has appeared on numerous studio recordings for a long list of internationally acclaimed musicians including Lauryn Hill, Eddy Murphy, Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley to name a few.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    Widcombe House in Kingston and Great Huts in Port Antonio
  • Tours as indicated
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Transfers
  • Local transportation
  • Reggae Month Activities
  • Gratuities
  • Round trip Air
  • Insurance


Day 1
Welcome Dinner and Orientation

Arrive at Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica

After check in, relax and later attend a trip orientation and welcome dinner.  

Evening presentations include the following

-  Explore the connection between Reggae music and Sacred traditional Jamaican drumming with Maroghini 

Q & A Session on Jamaican musical-socio-political history with Matt 

Your Organizer

Affinity Travel Group/Travel to do Good
5 reviews
Powered by the Affinity Travel Group, our Travel to do good experiences connect participants to the life, history, and culture of their chosen destination through cultural immersion, learning journeys, social entrepreneurship and volunteerism.


This trip was absolutely incredible. I am not the most travelled person (yet), but I know that this was a very unique opportunity and first-time experience of Jamaica. You are so often told not to leave the resort because of danger when visiting this beautiful country, but with Roslyn, Matt and Maroghini I felt completely safe and in the best possible hands the whole week. The lodging was great at the Marley Manor and I heard the same about the Inn at 6, I did hear complaints about Widcombe House but I can’t speak to that personally. I did think it served as an incredibly beautiful and peaceful place to use as our launch point/rehearsal space. I know that some of the travel was rough on various people in the group, ie bumpy roads and long bus rides, but I think that comes with the territory and was a price people were more than willing to pay for the experiences we had. We were consistently very well-fed! The food everywhere was terrific, especially the vegan spots we went to, Sista P’s SooSoomBa and Cheffing Don’s. Great Huts was INCREDIBLE and definitely a major highlight of the trip for me, such a tropical experience and peaceful vibe. I will definitely be taking my mother there as soon as possible. That’s speaking to the travel logistics, as far as the value of the experiences themselves, I can’t even put into words the impact this trip has had on me. Through the amazingly immersive and authentic cultural experiences we had with Rastafari and the reggae community, including a short Kumina ceremony, a Mystic Revelation of Rastafari Nyabinghi rehearsal, and visiting Sizzla's studio at Judgement Yard, I feel not only a whole new sense of appreciation for Reggae music and its messages, but also a much deeper understanding of the human story, where we’re at now on this planet and perhaps where we should aim ourselves. I have never met so many wise, visionary people in my life. I want to give a huge BIG UPS and thanks to Matt Jenson and Maroghini, for sharing their vast knowledge and amazing connections with us. This was an incredibly unique and valuable view of Jamaica and it was thanks to Matt’s motivation and Maroghini’s deep roots in and knowledge of the community that we could have such a thoroughly meaningful experience. HUGE big ups and THANK YOU to Roslyn Parker and her company Travel to Do Good, who made this entire trip a possibility and then a reality!! With her impeccable organization and strength of leadership, combined with the “patient and flexible” attitude that’s necessary for travel in Jamaica, she made this trip feel incredibly safe, organized and relaxing despite how busy we were, and she made our group feel like a little family for nine days. It felt like so much more, in a really good way – I would have happily stayed longer much. I hope to travel with Roslyn again in the future. She is a true professional and has the perfect strong and warm disposition for what she does. I heard talk of a potential trip to Ethiopia, in a similar style to this one, and I would be very, very interested in that. I would suggest that it be two full weeks, and involve more community involvement like we did at Jessie Ripoll - this was definitely one of my biggest highlights from the trip, and I think one of the most valuable cultural experiences we had there. We could maybe spend a week at a school and then a week of historical site-seeing and musical cultural education? Or alternate day trips with community activities? That goes for Ethiopia or any repeat trips to Jamaica. Again, I can’t really even put into words the significance of this trip. I think I speak for everyone in the group when I say it was life-changing, and deeply enlightening. I can’t thank the three amazing group leaders and the amazing travel company, Travel to Do Good, enough, and I also have huge gratitude for every single person in the group for making it such a special experience. This was a great success and I hope it inspires similar trips to come! Thanks again!!!
It was the best trip i have ever been on. Meeting the most incredible people with with love in their hearts and incredible knowledge. Our tour guide Roslyn Parker was super always there to help and guide with love. Driving around Kingston was so exciting seeing and hearing the vibrations of reggae music throughout the various communities, schools and universities. I loved every minute of this wonderful adventure.
Well planned, great hotels, great tour guides, comfortable transportation. Highly Recommend
By Diane Glynn for Best of Peaceful Peru on Oct 16, 2018
Great trip. Very well organized. Great guides and accommodations. Enjoyable in every way.
I have to admit that my family was nervous about the experience in the beginning because we've never used a travel agent before and therefore we were a bit skeptical but Roslyn made everything seamless. She checked in on us every step of the way to ensure that everything was going according to plan and when there were changes we were notified in advance. The food was great the excursions, the tour guides were great and the accommodations were great as well. Thank you for making this truly a memorable experience and we will be using you guys again.