9 Mile Music Festival 2016

9 Mile Music Festival 2016

The 23rd Annual 9 Mile Music Festival returned once again to Virginia Key Beach Park, a larger and beautiful beach side venue that sits on an 82 acre barrier island in Biscayne Bay, just south of Downtown Miami.

It began as a labor of love by Bob Marley's mother, Cedella Marley Booker, and over a 22 year span, it is responsible for collecting over 2 million canned goods . Four canned goods are required for collection along with the  purchase price for admission. They are distributed to homeless shelters in  Miami and Jamaica. Mother Booker's son Richard and  partner Sharien, have created the Reggae / Hip Hop formula in  Miami to attract an overwhelming turnout of over 12,000 patrons for 2016. 

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Everyone has their musical tastes and preference. For the lovers of Hip Hop, Naz and Konshens were a major hit for the younger patrons. Marley lovers were already familiar with Naz and his collaboration with Damian Marley on the album 'Distant Relatives,' intertwining reggae & hip hop, and Naz received a stellar welcome.  Mr Cheeks also delivered a short, spicy set. Capelton is a Nine Mile Festival favorite and never disappoints his fans. This year's 9 Mile Festival featured two artistes coming out of 'The Reggae Revival' camp. Hailing from Jamaica, both Protoje & Kabaka Pyramid are refreshing and consciously philosophical artistes amongst  an emerging generation of socially responsible and mentally stimulating lyricists. Joined onstage by a surprise performance by Chronixx, who in 2014 won the award for 'culture artiste of the year.' made the energy even more exciting.  

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DJ Yaadcoore's animated  presence added a lively addition to Protoje's performance. The Marley's graced the stage with their energetic, lively vitality and vibrant lyrics. Stephen, Damian & Julian  seem to prefer  to perform together for this Festival and bounce & toast off of each other's lyrics.After performing a few of their hits, Skip Marley entered and performed a few songs. His smooth vocals and refined good looks make him a real crowd pleaser even at these early stages in his career.

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The crowd was thrilled once again when the Marleys brought out Spragga Benz and Determine. The Family  then performed several Bob Marley tribute songs of which the audience sang and danced along. The highlight of the evening was when Elijah Marley, son of Damian Marley, joined Damian, Stephen & Julian onstage for the grand finale, and  the audience went wild. This young Marley has the makings of a real star.

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There was a large variety of food from the gyros and fries served at every festival, to tasty Caribbean dishes such as fish, brown stew chicken, rice and peas and many vegan options. The  Marley Beverage Company offered a tasting of their new drink flavors. There was something to accommodate everyone's food preferences. In addition to the food vendors there were also many arts and craft vendors selling t-shirts, sweat shirts, sarongs, jewelry and many other items, as one could imagine. Services such as henna tattoos and massages were also available at the holistic center. 

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Good vibes and versatile multi Ethnic combination make this one of the best Festivals Miami has to offer ~ See you next year ~ One Love ~ By Gail Zucker

 

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