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Caribbean Fever music fest brings Marley magic to NY

Published:Thursday | August 22, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley

Dave Rodney, Gleaner Writer

Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival is North America's largest music festival, featuring music from multiple genres exclusively from the Caribbean region.

The festival will showcase a kaleidoscope of Caribbean musical luminaries headlined by reggae's current hottest performer, musical magician Damian Marley.

This explosive new musical celebration combines two previous hit concerts - Irie Jamboree and Caribbean Fever.

The three-day event takes place at the ultra-luxurious Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City, from August 30 to September 1, on the Labour Day, Caribbean Carnival weekend.

The first night, August 30, shines the spotlight on Creole French music and will feature the internationally acclaimed zouk band Kassav from Guadeloupe and Martinique, alongside Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean. Tabou Combo will also play on Friday, as will other stars from the Caribbean Francophone world.

On night two, Saturday, August 31, the soca sensations will sizzle. On the front burner will be Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Edwin Yearwood, Alison Hinds and Iwer George.

Night three, Reggae Night, will be headlined by the newly crowned monarch of reggae, Damian Marley, in his first New York City 'post-coronation' performance.

Reggae Night will be mystifying Marley magic as the new king welcomes New Yorkers to Jamrock. Other superstars on Reggae Sunday night will be Grammy winner Shabba Ranks, and hit machines Capleton and I-Octane.