Miami’s 16th Caribbean Festival Features the Marley Brothers and More!
Miami, FL The 16th Annual Caribbean Festival will be held Sat., Feb. 28, 2009, in Bicentennial Park, downtown Miami, Florida. The daylong celebration of music, arts, and crafts honors the life and philosophy of legendary reggae star, Bob Marley. This year it also honors the memory of Cedella Marley Booker, the mother of Bob Marley who passed away in 2008. It was her spirit and energy that lived in the festival, and it will continue to be felt in those whose lives she touched. The festival will continue to spread the Marley family message—to help those who are less fortunate.
Joining Marley brothers Stephen, Damian, Ky-Mani, and Julian in performance will be Buju Banton, Capleton, Sizzla, Collie Buddz, Tessanne, Jahfe P Jam, Finley Quaye, and more. Hosts will be Princess and Lance O. As always, this promises to be South Florida’s finest Reggae and Caribbean music showcase.
The Caribbean Festival has always carried a humanitarian message within its musical one. From the very beginning, a donation of canned goods to feed those in need has been an integral part of every festival. To date, the Bob Marley Movement of Jah People has collected more than two million cans of food for distribution to the less fortunate. This year, the non-profit group Farm Share will collect the cans from the festival and distribute them to those in need.
The Caribbean Festival is one of the most successful and longest running music festivals in all of South Florida. People every year mark their calendars and travel from around the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean to attend the event. The festival reaches across all aspects of the community who come together in peace and harmony.
This year’s sponsors include 103.5 The Beat, Rum Bun, Nine Mile, Ghetto Youths, Mama Marley, Farm Share, Jamrock Magazine, MY33, CBS 4 WFOR, I&I Clothing Company, theflyer.com, Big Up Radio, whata-gwan.com, Hip Hop Weekly, and partyspree.com.