Reggae Sumfest 2018

Reggae frenzy at Miami's 'Caribbean Fest'

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, Florida was "corked" on Saturday, March 1st as about 14,000 strong came out for the 15th annual Caribbean Festival put on by Bob Marley Movement of Jah People and 103.5 The Beat.

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A great show, with top performances from a solid line up that had the huge crowd completely engaged and often going off in a frenzy. Referred to often as 'the Marley Fest,' this was a showcase of some of reggae's finest.

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Gentleman delivered spectacularly, setting a spiritual tone with his like aura and content. Following in that same groove Capleton blazed the place, stirring up patrons who showed him loads of love. His was such an intense musical offering, it was difficult for the crowd to let him go; and Capleton's freestyling went on for at least 2 minutes after exiting the stage.

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It was a sizzling event that kept topping the boiling point with each act that appeared. Javaughn, who is a brilliant new artist under the Damian "Junior Gong" Marley wings, kept the groove steady, alongside heavyweights, Richie Spice, Tessanne Chin and of course the 4 Marley brothers featured on the bill.

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Sky High introduced the Marleys, and Ky-mani, Julian, 2008 Grammy winning, Stephen and "Junior Gong" simply "ripped up" the stage.

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As Junior Gong wailed the lyrics, "Christ fed the multitude with only one loaf of bread...poor people there is something for you... don't let the pressures of the system get upon your head...," the entire amphitheatre roared. He performed "One Loaf of Bread" and alternated with Stephen doing 2 songs each to a very receptive and zealous audience.

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The show ended with the wholesome and healing sounds of "One Love."

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