Recognized and honored in 2019 with a proclamation by the city of Miami, the one-of-a-kind music festival has each year welcomed a diverse community of record-breaking crowds from all over the world and has become the perfect getaway for music aficionados who prefer to “experience” live Caribbean music. “It is a celebration of Caribbean heritage. It has been kind of downplayed because it has been doing well for so long. Best of the Best has earned its reputation based on the fact it’s in its 13th year. This particular festival also hasn’t had any negative incidents and we are very proud of that.” declared Retha Boone-Fye, program officer and director of the county’s Black Affairs Advisory Board.
The organizers of BEST OF THE BEST (BOTB), North America’s largest international music festival, have launched the countdown to the 15th annual staging of Best of the Best (BOTB) Music Fest, set to be held Sunday Oct. 10th. the official date for the 14th staging of BOTB 2021.
On Thursday September 9th, the producers of Best of the Best, hosted an intimate launch to what many dubbed as We Are Back! Racket-Wynwood was the location for this epic night and in attendance was artist Jo Mersa Marley, who is one of the performers on this year’s Best of the Best stage. “Growing up I always saw Best of the Best concerts, posters and promotions, the artists performing on the big stage, well now I am on that Best of the Best stage. Come out Sunday Oct. 10th mek we blaze a fire and full joy” said Jo Mersa Marley.
Also, in attendance was one of this year’s returning sponsors Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) represented by Mr. Christopher Wright, Business Development Manager, who kicked off the night with the now staple slogan We’re Back. “We’re Back, and ready to enjoy good reggae and soca music, there is nothing like a good Caribbean concert and most of all we can’t forget the food. Congratulations to the Best of the Best team and we are happy to be a part of this great music fest again this year”.
As the conversation continued Consul General of Jamaica Mr. Oliver Mair, also congratulated the organizers, and applauded their efforts to make sure this is a safe and responsible festival, amid the ever-changing world we are living in today. “We applaud the organizers of Best of the Best, for entertaining responsibly. Inside the park on Sunday Oct. 10th there will be vaccination opportunities for the patrons attending this year’s staging as well as sanitizing stations”. Best of the Best music fest is complying with CDC guidelines and has implemented the option for patrons to receive COVID-19 vaccination, both Pfizer & Moderna, first or second dose will be available.
In closing of the night both event publicist Ronnie Tomlinson, and one of the organizers Steven “Jabba”. Beckford, drove home the importance of safety and our ability to enjoy each other’s company again and be entertained by some of our favorite artists.
“This year we want everyone to come out and enjoy the show safely and just know that after the show, it’s the after party. This year Jabba Strike Back will be held on Oct 10th at Story Nightclub Miami, all are welcome and wear your colors” says Steven “Jabba” Beckford.
“We are back, our music, our culture, one stage. Thanks to all our media partners and sponsors; Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Ethika.
Best of The Best 2021 Launch – Photos by Steve James
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