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It’s Reggae Month! How to celebrate in South Florida

Jamaican vocalist Nadine Sutherland, known best as co-lead of the dancehall anthem “Action,” is expected to perform at the Afro Carib Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17, in Miramar. (Afro Carib Festival/Courtesy)
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Jamaican vocalist Nadine Sutherland, known best as co-lead of the dancehall anthem “Action,” is expected to perform at the Afro Carib Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17, in Miramar. (Afro Carib Festival/Courtesy)
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Reggae Month may have started in Jamaica, but it’s finding a second home in South Florida.

The celebration of one of Jamaica’s greatest exports will see a host of events throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Lloyd Stanbury, cofounder of reggae month in Jamaica and of Irie FM radio station, recalls how it all started.

“I was part of an organization, the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica, and we were putting on an award show … and someone we were working with at the time came up with the idea of approaching the government of Jamaica to declare the month of February (as) Reggae Month, for purposes of celebrating the music and educating people about the music,” he says. “The government jumped on board and officially declared the month of February Reggae Month in Jamaica.”

They chose February, he says, because of its historical connections with Black people.

“The main reason was because Bob Marley was born in February,” Stanbury explains. “Dennis Brown, who is like everybody’s favorite, including Bob Marley’s favorite, was born in February. February is Black History Month. And we think reggae music has represented Black history because we are always singing about Marcus Garvey, we’re always singing about Martin Luther King, we’re always singing about Africa.

At Circle House Studios in Miami, Shaggy and Inner Circle's Roger Lewis announce their plans for Reggae Month in South Florida and Jamaica. (Travis Daniels Photography/Courtesy)
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At Circle House Studios in Miami, Shaggy and Inner Circle’s Roger Lewis announce their plans for Reggae Month in South Florida and Jamaica. (Travis Daniels Photography/Courtesy)

“So it was a convenient and wise marriage, so to speak, between reggae and Black history.”

This year, reggae superstars and have teamed up to stage several events in Jamaica and in SoFlo. Many of them are free, but you must RSVP. For more information, go to .

As Reggae Month continues, keep coming back to this roundup as we will be adding more events.

REGGAE MONTH EVENTS

Saturday, Feb. 10, from 3 to 9 p.m. — Reggae Genealogy — The Origins, Evolution and Influence of Jamaican Music outdoor concert at Broward Mall, 8000 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Showtime is 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate; VIP tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the gate. Visit .

Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 3 to 9 p.m. — Rastafari Day and Drum Circle with Warrior King, Brigadier Jerry and Mutabaruka at , 12351 NW Seventh Ave., North Miami. Admission is free. Visit .

Friday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 11 p.m. — The Miramar Selecta Showdown is a deejay battle with DJ Fergie (the 2023 defending champion) facing off against DJ Toots and DJ Shawty Redz at Shirley Branca Park, 6900 Miramar Parkway. Also, Jamaican artist will receive the inaugural Dancehall Legend Award. Benz has collaborated with Wyclef Jean, Carly Simon, Foxy Brown, KRS One, Nas and Beenie Man. In addition to hits such as “Dolly House” and “She Nuh Ready Yet,” he has appeared in the movies and There will be food and drink vendors. Admission is free, but you must register at .

Saturday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 11 p.m. — The 4th Annual Afro-Carib Festival, with headliners , and , at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Gates open at 5 p.m. Cost is $30 and $45 for general admission and $150 for VIP tickets. Visit .

Grammy Award-winning Kabaka Pyramid - whose music mixes elements of roots reggae, dancehall and rap - will perform at the 4th Annual Afro-Carib Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater. (Afro-Carib Festival/Courtesy)
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Grammy Award-winning Kabaka Pyramid — whose music mixes elements of roots reggae, dancehall and rap — is scheduled to perform at the Fourth Annual Afro Carib Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater. (Afro Carib Festival/Courtesy)

Sunday, Feb. 18, from 3 to 10 p.m. — Praise on the Green Gospel Extravaganza with Chevelle Franklyn, Carlene Davis and Minister Marion Hall (formerly “Lady Saw”) at Shirley Branca Park, 6900 Miramar Parkway, Miramar. Admission is free. Visit .

Saturday, Feb. 24, from noon to 7 p.m. — Reggae Month Jam with Ernie Smith, Paul Anthony and others (plus vendors and Caribbean food) at The Loop (Las Olas Oceanside Park), 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale beach. Admission is free. Visit .

Friday, March 22, at 8:30 p.m. — IRAWMA: 41st International Reggae and World Music Awards at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place. Red carpet starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $60 to $150. Visit .

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