Inna de Yard – A Real Roots Reggae Experience


Enjoying the vibes from some talented Reggae artists while standing right next to them, is an experience I was hoping for while being in Jamaica. It finally became reality at Inna De Yard in Kingston. It was my 2nd time in Jamaica, but on this journey I didn’t only have two weeks, I got three full months to explore, learn and connect with people. One of the people I met was Matthias “The Dread” Reulecke, a German who moved to Jamaica over 25 years ago. Getting to know him, I realized how well he’s connected in Kingston, and through him, I found myself again in the most facinating places I’d have never thought of.

One of these places was Inna De Yard in St. Andrew Park, where I shot this video of Exile Di Brave, Mikey General, Israel Voice and Lucan I performing at a weekly event called Jukebox Vinyl Friday – Inna De Yard.

When it comes to Roots Reggae Music and you’re in Jamaica, then there is no way around the yard of one particular musican. His home is located in 6 St. Andrew Park in Kingston, just a couple minutes to walk from the main bus station Half Way Tree. Living legend Earl “Chinna” Smith aka Earl Flute aka Melchezidek the High Priest is an active musican since the 1960s and has played with artists like Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and many many more.

Earl “Chinna” Smith

His yard is open for everyone who is interested in the music and is respectful to one another. It’s not comparable with a club, bar or anything like that. I would call it a lovely arranged property where family and musicans gather to enjoy the vibes. In other words, a place of ONE LOVE. During the day, friends and musicans from all over the world come together for jam sessions to fulljoy themselves. Many people come to visit, play and learn from him in his yard.

Musicans jamming with Chinna in his yard

Every Friday night – from around 7:30pm to 11:30pm – a 7inch session is been held on the 35-year-old jukebox beauty at Inna Di Yard, 6 St. Andrew Park, Kingston. There is no admission for entering the yard to enjoy this extraordinary cultural roots Reggae evening. But as Chinna said, for $5 you can play a track on the jukebox and buying your lady or yourself a drink is highly appreciated and keeps the place going.

Vinyl Fridays with Inna Di Yard Crew & Guest Selector “Ruffneck Smille”

Hanging out with Reggae artists for a drink or spliff and having a good conversation is an experience which can make your Jamaica trip unforgettable. For me, these Fridays are unforgettable, and I’m happy to share it with you. Inna de Yard’s Jukebox Vinyl Fridays is the best place for every Roots Reggae lover…

Here is another video I shot with Chinna, Kiddus I, Natty Pablo and Linval Thompson.

Johannes Maier
Do good and live conscious, everything else will just follow. Optimist, passionate web designer and founder of Real Jamaica. I’m also on Instagram and Snapchat, sharing things I do and like.



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