ONE Caribbean Music Fest Makes South Florida Debut

ONE Caribbean Music Festival Debuts in Ft. Lauderdale!
ONE Caribbean Music Festival Debuts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!

Broward 100 welcomes the inaugural ONE Caribbean Music Festival as part of its centennial activities. This star-studded event will feature multicultural cuisine, sounds and fusion of Reggae, Kompa, Salsa, Jazz, and Soca at Central Broward Regional Park, Dec. 13 & 14, 2014

Music, art, and Caribbean cuisine will provide an assortment of multicultural delights as world-class talent takes center stage at the ONE Caribbean Music Festival, Dec. 13 & 14, 2014, inside the Central Broward Regional Park. Recognizing the season of giving, patrons are encouraged donate one new, safe, unwrapped toy to the ONE Toy Drive, benefiting Angels of Hope children’s homes throughout the Caribbean.

Presented by Art of Music Productions, the award-winning team has produced Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival for the past 18 years. In addition, they have contributed to some of the finest Caribbean music festivals, including the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Turks & Caicos Music & Cultural Festival, and St Kitts Music Festival. Plans are to bring a swanky and sophisticated festival, delivering a musical genre for every taste – from Reggae, R&B, and Latin, to Kompa, Caribbean Jazz, and more.

The event’s title sponsor is Scotchies, Jamaica’s premier purveyor of authentic Jerk cuisine. Scotchies’ Village will offer their signature succulent jerk chicken, fish, pork, roast yam, festival and more.

This year’s event will feature Grammy® winner and Jamaican superstar Sean Paul. Having sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, the Dancehall DJ has become the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts. His most recent number one single and collaboration with Enrique Iglesias, “Bailando,” has garnered much success, reaching #1 on various charts in 35 countries including Belgium, Finland, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain, and the Latin-based charts in the U.S. Also on stage will be the UK’s most well known Lovers Rock singer Maxi Priest, along with Jamaica’s Richie Stephens, Peter Lloyd, and the Queen of Reggae Marcia Griffiths, who will be honored for her 50 years of singing and performing.

The driving sounds of Kompa will be showcased by award-winning Haitian duo T-Vice, whose musical influences – Reggae, Merengue, Flamenco, Rock-n-Roll and modern synthesizing – have revolutionized the genre and made them one of today’s most innovative duos. Also from Haiti, the acclaimed group, Tabou Combo, will also be on hand to light up the stage.

Ragga Soca King, Bunji Garlin is representing Trinidad & Tobago. Known as the Lyrics King, his high-energy performances include a blend of Soca and Dancehall. Coming from a lineage of Soca royalty, his wife Fay-Ann Lyons will join him to perform their numerous award-winning hits “Catch Me,” “That is Carnival,” “Truck on D Road,” “Differentology,” and “Carnival Tabanca.”

Latin Grammy® winning Jazz flautist Nestor Torres has enjoyed a career that has taken him around the world and collaborations with Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Kenny Loggins, Tito Puente, and Gloria Estefan, among others. Barbados’s celebrated Jazz saxist Arturo Tappin is set to join Torres for a memorable performance.

ONE Caribbean Music Festival’s mission is to recognize and celebrate the diversity of Caribbean people in Broward County, and the ONEness of culture through food, art, crafts, and music. Attendees can expect a safe, secure, fun, family-friendly environment with first class entertainment, services and facilities. ONE Caribbean – come share the vibes!