Call for Healing the Community through the Vibrations of Sound System Culture.
MIAMI— July 26, 2021— Miami Reggae Festival celebrates Jamaica’s Independence weekend on Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 8 th, 2021. In their seventh year of presenting Miami Reggae Festival, Rockers Movement goes back to basics with a shift toward Jamaica’s Sound System Culture, building on the foundation of the positive vibrations of Reggae. This is a family fun-filled festival and families are invited to bring the children to learn about the culture, enjoy the music, food and dancehall atmosphere..
This year the festival calls for peace, unity and healing in the community as it features some of the very best of Sound Systems globally (in alphabetical order): Adonai Sound, Bass Odyssey, Big Life Sound, Downbeat The Ruler, King Addies International, King Champion, King Waggy Tee, Ontrack Disco, Overproof Movements, Poison Dart, Rocksteadyy, Soul Supreme, Stone Love, Super Storm, Warrior Sound International and hosted by Mutabaruka.
Miami Reggae Festival is an Annual Charitable Music and Arts Festival with a focus on Healing the Community in 2021 to gain the mental strength needed to renew a sense of oneness through this next phase of the global health crises and to increase awareness on the need to bring an end to the gun violence epidemic in local communities. Sound Systems have brought many displaced persons together since the 1950s in the Caribbean and abroad. Miami Reggae Festival 2021 is setting the stage for one of the world’s most relevant and timely festivals highlighting the Sound System for healing and building communities through impactful music. People are reminded of the ingenuity and strength of kinfolk and the resourcefulness of the Sound System represents each individual’s contribution and how the effort and energy of each one makes for family.
Miami Reggae Festival 2021 positions itself as a gathering for healing the community. In this current world climate of armed conflicts, mass shootings and gun violence, Rockers Movement is taking a moment to focus on what a harmonious and peaceful existence within neighborhoods would be like and how it can be experienced together for encouragement through the arts and positive cultural influences. Rockers Movement lead organizer Alphonso Brooks stated, “Miami Reggae Festival 2021 celebrates life, and the beauty and creativity that people are. With this initiative the time is taken to reflect on the current culture that is permeated with violence and ask that when each one of us sees a need to assist another with embracing a way of harmony and tranquility, that we take the initiative to be pursuers of peace in the form of honest, patient and respectful discussion, mentoring and programming. Pro-action saves lives more than debates on firearms. The trauma caused to communities affects generations. Please never underestimate the importance of your positive and upbuilding influence on others. Bob Marley asked us many years ago to take heed of the need for “One Love,” and to get together and feel alright.”
Miami Reggae Festival 2021 takes place on Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 8th with doors opening at 3:00 PM (EDT) at the brand-new Opa-Locka Marketplace, 12691 NW 42nd Avenue, Opa-Locka, FL 33054 (next to the Opa-Locka Flea Market). Tickets start at $25 in advance plus a mandatory minimum two non-perishable food items for entry. Miami Reggae Festival is family-friendly with children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Miami Reggae Festival is accessible to individuals with disabilities through designated gate entrance, parking and restrooms. Tickets are available online at: http://miamireggaefestival.com
In recognition of COVID-19 regulations we continue to practice safety precautions. Miami Reggae Festival 2021 will continue to keep fundamentals in place – temperature checking, masking, distancing, EPA approved disinfecting, CDC food service guidelines, and staying home when sick to protect all residents and visitors. Free disposable masks are available at the gate and throughout the venue on event days. Miami Reggae Festival enforces the continuance of practicing social distancing and the need to keep safe during public gatherings.