City of Miramar festival celebrates music, culture & cuisine from African Diaspora & Caribbean
The City of Miramar presents the 3rd Annual Afro-Carib Festival (ACF) happening on Saturday, February 25, 2023, 5pm-11pm ET, at the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater located at 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33027. The Afro-Carib Festival, presented by Visit Lauderdale, is where Black History Month meets Reggae Month to celebrate the blended cultures that evolved through a shared bond rooted in African origins. These powerful bonds have manifested to create a people rich in music, culture, and cuisine. Ticket holders will enjoy live performances by a carefully selected roster of unique, soulful artists representing reggae, afrobeats, afropop, kompa, reggaeton, salsa and more musical genres from the Caribbean and African Diaspora.
“Part of who we are as a people, descendants from African and Caribbean roots, are reflected in the music, instruments and dance which make up our rich culture and heritage. When you listen to the lyrics of these artistes and feel the rhythm of the Afro-Reggae – inspired beat, it resonates deep within the soul, and it is what we want to bring to this celebration of our multi diverse community in Miramar,” said City of Miramar Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis.
Headlining the popular music and culture festival is KOFFEE, Jamaica’s “reggae ambassador of positive energy.”
Koffee’s groundbreaking, positive approach to reggae makes her one of the most exciting, forward thinking, globally focused teenage talents to emerge in decades. Koffee’s bold message of peace and love captivated the world with its joyous expression of gratitude. Boasting 122M views, Koffee is most known for her runaway hit “Toast”, a mind-blowing feat for a newcomer. At 18, she was the youngest and first female reggae artist to win a GRAMMY for the coveted Best Reggae Album. Her infectious Jamaican “patois” laden lyrics resonate with audiences of various ages, cultures and backgrounds the world over.
Nigerian born singer and songwriter Tekno will grace the Afro-Carib stage with his energetic Afropop performance.
The self-proclaimed Afropop King and Nigerian-born singer/songwriter/ producer Tekno has been heating up the digital and radio airwaves since the debut of his 2016 international hit “Pana.” Since then, he has released a seamless stream of hits for himself and others as a highly sought-after producer, such as “Buga (Lo Lo Lo) with Kizz Daniel, “Mufasa” and “Skeletun.” Now based in the United States, he spreads positive vibes through melodies laced over a perfect intertwining of both Afrobeats and Afropop.
Other Artists Hitting the Afro-Carib Festival Stage
Using fusions of rap and reggaeton, GRAMMY nominated, Cuban born Jacob Forever is known for his artistic diversity between bachata, urban and reggaeton. He has collaborated with international artists such as Farruko, Pitbull, Thalia, Enrique Iglesias, De La Ghetto and Nacho among others.
“Tylenol” Haitian Hitmaker J. Perry has been blazing the international music charts since the release of his first single “Dekole,” which earned him a Gold Disk Plaque from Haiti’s Minister of Tourism and the Haitian Carnival Committee.
Alexander Star is an Emmy-nominated songwriter and performer whose music is featured in Super Bowl campaigns, United Nations collaborations, and primetime TV. He has performed in over 10 countries and help more than 500 teens in foster care write and record original music.
Miami’s “Good Energy” rising Afrobeats star Yung Wylin is all about positive vibes. A self-declared conscious rapper, he credits meditation as the inspiration for his feel-good beats and lyrics that encourages self-expression.
Local food vendors will serve up their specialty Caribbean and African dishes and merchandise vendors will offer unique finds, representing the many cultures of the Diaspora.