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9 Mile Festival 2012

9 Mile Festival 2012

9 Mile Festival 2012

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2012, 9 Mile Festival, Rastaman Vibration, Positive!

9 Mile Music Festival 2012

Virginia Key Beach hosted this year’s 19 Annual 9 mile Music Festival on March 3,  2012. About 9,000 fans enjoyed the beautiful, sunny Miami day and breezy, balmy evening on Key Biscayne. Miami is such a diversified ethnic mix of people and all that attended  enjoyed the event, just the way Bob Marley would have wanted it.

More than 40,000 canned good were collected and donated to Curley’s House Food Bank and distributed to families in need of assistance.

Kehv “the Prince of Reggae Soul” opened the show with a strong set. His original style and relevant lyrics are making him a featured artist on concerts these days. The back up singers and band did a fantastic job and his humble but energetic stage presence entertained the audience.

New Kingston Band is made up of three brothers. These ‘young veterans’ performed hits from their second album entitled 'In the Streets To Africa'.

Richie Spice was a delight to the stage! He seemed happy to be on the festival and gave probably one of the best performances I’ve seen of him. He pranced about the stage and sang the tunes that made him famous. He graciously posed for pictures, and enjoyed the day.
Collie Buddz from Bermuda, sported ‘blind to you’ (haters) tee shirts, along with his whole entourage. He performed his best known tune “Come Around”, amongst others. 

Next up was Tarrus Riley with Dean Fraser on Saxophone.
Braided locks and a baseball cap and studded attire was a different Tarrus than we are used to seeing. His rise to ‘super stardom’ didn’t deter from the jokes and romping  between Dean Fraser and Tarrus. Abundant laughter and cheers from the audience supported the appreciation from their performance.

Cocoa Tea entered the stage with vigor and chanted ‘Break down the Barriers!’ The crowd lunged forward and the security had to regroup and allow the audience to move closer,  right up to the stage. Cocoa Tea’s tunes can’t done from the 80’s to the present  and he thrilled the fans with a good portion of them.

Capleton’s energy is boundless. The Fireman leaped and pranced about singing a lot of his hits. His outfits are always original and this evening he  wore a shimmering red, green and gold ensemble.

Wale and Melanie Fiona delighted the hip hop enthusiasts.

Foundation artist Burning Spear mesmerized the audience with his presence. His signature drumming and Nyabinghi style chanting created a spiritual atmosphere throughout the park. He even did some dance steps and the audience was thrilled!

After a long break, the Marley’s entered the stage with vigor and ‘nuff positive energy. The three brothers alternated singing tunes of Bob and their own original songs. Melanie Fiona joined Stephen Marley for a duet of ‘No Cigarette Smoking.’ Their band is so tight with drum & bass duo, Squidly Cole on drum and Christopher Meredith on bass. Nicholas Laraque gives a special touch to the band, playing sax and his new flute addition. Erica Newell and Rochelle Bradshaw, the back up singers energy is never ending! Donovan the flag waver always delivers maximum energy. As Spragga Benz, dressed in full white attire, entered the stage, the crowd broke into a frenzy. The Marley legacy youths added another delight to the performances.

This years 9 Mile Festival turned out to be one of the biggest and best! Everyone seemed to enjoy the positive vibe of the event and the artists excellent performances.


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Posted by Kristine Roots Gal on 04.06.2012

Posted by Ras I Ray on 04.07.2012
Wonderful article Sista Gail! You always capture the essence of whatever topic or event your are assigned to cover. May Jah continue to bless the work of your hands as we strive for THAT DAY when "lasting peace, world citizenship, and the rule of international morality" will once and for all become a living reality. Big up to United Reggae . . . HOLDING THE VISION!


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