Shabba Ranks and Super Cat Headline Best of the Best Music Fest Memorial Day Weekend
On what is expected to be the biggest Caribbean music festival of the year, Best of the Best Music Fest will be headlined by legendary Jamaican dancehall musician and two-time Grammy Award-winner Shabba Ranks. Best of the Best Music Fest takes place Sunday May 26 at Bayfront Park in Miami.
In its 13th year, this iconic Caribbean music festival will also feature famed reggae and dancehall deejay Super Cat. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Super Cat reached prominent deejay status in the early ’90s with such hits as “Don Dada,” “Ghetto Red Hot,” and “Dem No Worry Me” with Heavy D.
In addition to the aforementioned headliners, Alkaline and Jahmiel are both well-respected artists who represent the next generation of Dancehall recording artists, building a well-deserved followings with their high energy performances. Both will serve as headliners at this year’s Best of the Best Music Fest.
Miami is home to many reggae artists, and its proximity to the islands makes this the perfect host city for this long-running music extravaganza. The annual music festival has become a destination event for both national and international visitors who travel annually to Miami to attend Best of the Best and enjoy the start of summer, seasonably warm temps coupled with a weekend of smooth vibes and music with a Caribbean theme.
This year’s festival offers a packed lineup of dancehall favorites including Frisco Kid, General Degree and General B. The bill will also feature other notable artists from the multi-genres reggae and soca such as Bushman, Vanessa Bling, Round Head, Skinny Fabulous, Marzville and Noah Powa.
This festival continues to grow its fan base with a never-ending list of reggae superstars that have graced the stages in years past. If you have attended the Best of the Best in the past, you know that you can expect a day filled with a continuous stream of Caribbean music that brings together people of all creeds and nationalities, where music serves as the bridge that brings everyone together as one.
“Every year we look to celebrate Caribbean music and this year is no different. We decided to carve out an era, which so many of us love and reminisce on all the time. This era was ground-breaking for dancehall and reggae music in many ways, and that is the ’90s era. We had some of our biggest artists in dancehall during the ’90s era; many of them still reign today. Therefore, we decided to pay homage to ’90s dancehall with some of the hitmakers of that time. Not to mention, for the first time in America, The Emperor Shabba Ranks and Don DaDa Super Cat will be sharing the same stage in the United States,” says Steve ‘Jabba’ Beckford, co-promoter of Best of the Best.
As in years past, there will be an ample variety of Caribbean-inspired foods and beverages. Traditional foods such as jerk chicken and other specialty dishes will permeate the air in and around the festival grounds, making the food as enjoyable as the music. For those who wish to indulge in the liquid form, there will also be plenty of beverages to enjoy during the pre-Memorial day event that will have music playing from early afternoon until near midnight. Fortunately, many of those attending will have Monday off work to serve as a recovery day and perhaps sleep in after an all-day and all-night music festival.