An up close and personal Reggae Get Together in Miami 2/15
Photos and recap by EmpressK for ReggaeReflection.com
While in Miami to cover the annual 9Mile Music Festival on Valentine's Day weekend, I along with many other Reggae festival attendees had one more chance to celebrate another great evening of live Reggae music at the gathering known at The Get Together. On Sunday evening, House of Marley and Ghetto Youths International jointly presented a showcase of emerging talent all backed by live bands at the small and intimate venue, The Stage, located in downtown Miami. Advertised artists No-maddz, Kabaka Pyramid, Jo Mersa and Stephen Marley all backed by their own bands gave wonderful performances. Quite a few unannounced artists took the stage as well to make this a most memorable evening including Jesse Royal who performed Modern Day Judas with Jo Mersa.
No-Maddz kicks off The Get Together
Stephen Marley performed an opening song and then had the pleasure of introducing the debut performance of his nephew Skip Marley (son of Cedella). Spragga Benz, Determine, Julian Marley, and Damian Marley made guest appearances as well. A surprise introduction of Cedella Marley during the final group finale of Could you be Loved capped off a spectacular weekend of uplifting Reggae Music in Miami.
We would like to give a special shout out to Lance O of Kulcha Shok Music for accommodating all of the media who covered the event at The Get Together.
Check out more of our photos in the Issue 8 of Island Stage Magazine. Click here www.island-stage.com/ky-mani-marley/#19
The Marley Finale
Stephen Marley performs RockStone at The Get Together
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Empress K is the Founder, Editor, and Primary Photo-Journalist of www.reggaereflection.com. Reggae Reflection has gained international recognition providing quality coverage of premier reggae events in Jamaica, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Barbados, Guyana, and Nigeria as well as numerous completed photography assignments for notable Reggae Events in the New England area, NY, Alabama, and Florida region. Festival coverage has included Groovin In the Park, Six Flags NJ Caribbean Concert Series, IRAWMA, HangOut Festival Alabama, 9Mile Festival Miami, Rebel Salute, Sunfest FL, Reggae in the Hills and more.
Reggae Artists Unite at 9Mile Music Festival 2015 in Miami
Photos and Story by Empress K for ReggaeReflection.com
Cool yet sunny skies made for a beautiful start to the 22nd 9Mile Music Festival taking place at the Miami Dade County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 14th. The annual festival featured a great mixture of conscious Reggae Artists all sharing the same positive message of peace, love and unity. Tanya Stephens playing a mid afternoon set gave a powerful performance while acknowledging and encouraging the ladies in the audience. Additional strong performances followed with sets by Hawaiian Reggae Band, The Green; Rasta Elder, Iqulah Rastafari; Jamaican DJ, Capleton; and American Reggae / Rock band, Soja. After a final band change, Jo Mersa Marley opened the final set for the evening.
In a brilliant move, Jo Mersa introduced Jesse Royal to the stage while Jesse’s band The King Suns seamlessly replaced Stephen Marley’s band to temporarily back the singers on Jesse’s hit song Modern Day Judas. Next up Julian Marley, Stephen Marley, and Damian Marley performed numerous song selections and collaborations. Stephen Marley welcomed surprise guests Spragga Benz and Determine on stage during the set, followed by Capleton joining for a great live rendition of their Rockstone collaboration.
Artist collaborations were definitely a common theme for the day as many of earlier sets also featured superb joint efforts including Soja with Damian Marley, Soja with J Boog, and Soja with The Green. It was wonderful to see the mutual respect this diverse group of artists had for one another, further conveying the message of one love and unity to festival attendees.
Enjoy our photos from the festival below. A full slide show of all photos appears below as well. Also, make sure to check out more of our photos in Issue 8 of Island Stage Magazine. Click here www.island-stage.com/ky-mani-marley/#19
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