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The Best of the Best Festival Will Be Lit. Jo Mersa Marley Says “Mek We Blaze A Fire!”

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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. The anticipated event is set to be held on Sunday October 10th, 2021.

On Thursday September 9th, the event’s producers, hosted an intimate launch to what many dubbed, “We Are Back!” It took place at Racket-Wynwood and Jo Mersa Marley, who is one of the performers on this year’s Best of the Best stage, was in attendance. “Growing up I always saw Best of the Best concert, 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 the young Marley.

Also, in attendance was one of this year’s returning sponsors Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), represented by Mr. Christopher Wright, Business Development Manager. He 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. 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 opportunity for the patrons attending, as well as sanitize stations”.

Best of the Best music fest is complying with CDC guidelines and have implemented the option for patrons to receive COVID-19 vaccination. Both Pfizer & Moderna, first or second dose will be available, according to the BOTB team.


In closing off the launch night, event publicist Ronnie Tomlinson, along with one of the festival’s organizers Steven “Jabba” Beckford, drove home the importance of safety in a bid to enjoy each other’s company again and be entertained by some of reggae and Soca music’s favorite artists, even within the ongoing pandemic. “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 Night club Miami. All are welcome and wear your colors” said Beckford.

“We are back, our music, our culture, one stage. Thanks to all our media partners and sponsors; Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).

About Best of the Best 2021

On Sunday, October 10th 2021, BOTB, one of North America’s largest Caribbean music festivals will welcome Billboard charting star renowned for her showmanship, Spice (Cool It, Genie, Sheet), young Grammy Award winning reggae sensation Koffee (Toast, Raggamuffin, Rapture, Lock Down), legendary Tanya Stephens (These Streets, It’s a Pity, You Nuh Ready Fi This Yet) trailblazer Lady G (Breeze Off, Nuff Respect), popular soca artist and Bajan queen Alison Hinds (Roll It Gal, Faluma, Thundah), king of dancing Ding Dong ( Gweh, Watch Dem) and musical genius Tarrus Riley (Lighter, She’s Royal, EZ Nuh, Lion Paw) to the stage of the Bay Front Park in downtown Miami.

Recognized and honored in 2019 with a proclamation by the city of Miami, the one-of-a-kind music festival has each year welcomed 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.

Tickets purchased for BOTB 2020 edition of the festival are still valid and can be used for access to this years’ Best of the Best Music Fest. BOTB will be postponed until Sunday, October 10th, 2021.

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Big Collab. Tallpree Returns with Jab, Julius Brings Sweet Soca.

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There’s something very extraordinary that happens when the right people link up. It’s even better when it’s a musical meet-up and the synergy’s so strong that the song speaks volumes, even pre-promo. US based Socaartist, Julius has dropped a bomb, and he’s not alone on the move. He’s roped in Grenada’s Jab King, Tallpree in what can only be described as a nuclear reactor for the 2022 Soca experience. 

A no holds barred kind of approach has undoubtedly produced the ultimate Soca lover’s anthem. What’s interesting is that even with no carnival 2022 announcement made in festival Mecca, Trinidad and Tobago just yet, ambitious artistes like Julius The Artist and Tallpreeare pushing ahead. ‘Too Wild’ is pure power. There’s nothing soft about this anthem that’s laced with elements of fervent festival fanaticism, yet set firmly in a melodical chamber that will prove irresistible to any real Soca music lover. 

A hardcore Jab vibe meets Soca sweetness, and according to Julius, the connection’s always been there. It was merely a matter of time. “The riddim was sent to me by a friend, Rich London- the engineer of a band I was with called Impact 2. We’ve been friends for a long time,” explained the artist. He said the riddim was produced collaboratively by London and fellow producer Slaughter out of Ninja Samurai Productions. “When Rich sent me the riddim, I was captivated by it when I first listened. I got on a phone call with ZiahMusic- one of my collaborative songwriters. I also connected with Miche ‘The Producer’ Williams- a female writer and producer, and together we began the process of writing the song,” he said. 

The song also got the expert attention of Peter ‘Wildfire’ Noel for vocal production and arrangement, since, as Julius put it, “I always like it when my music’s vocals and arrangement sound clear and perfect. Wildfire was a pivotal part of the project,” he admitted, adding that after things initially came together, the idea to add some spice to the vibe of the song, came to him. “I figured the only place we could get that spice was the Spice Isle itself, Grenada” he said happily. 

Twenty years of friendship between Tallpree and Julius made the Soca alliance effortless. When the vocals were completed, final mastering expertise was provided by respected producer, Parry Jack and the end result is a powerful single that has the potential to raise the dead in 2022. The new single will be followed up by a music video soon. “This song is the epitome of spirituality, Jab, Soca and Power all combined and brought to life in proper vocal arrangement and lyrical content,” said Julius, noting that the team truly believes this is a special single. 

The release of the new track was perfectly timed to coincide with theMiami Carnival this past weekend. Ultimately, the carnival calendar ends with Miami annually and new releases begin loading for the season of pandemonium that traditionally lies in wait. Now, it is with bated breath that carnival stakeholders worldwide await word on T&T’s next move, but even if the Greatest Show on Earth is again placed on hold, the music of the Caribbean will stand strong in representation, all thanks to names like Julius The Artist and Tallpree.

Press Release courtesy Etcetera The Company

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Buju Banton’s Daughter Claims Dad Assaulted Her.

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Reports that reggae and dancehall hit maker, Buju Banton and his daughter Abihail Myrie are at loggerheads -the 21-year-old making damaging claims of physical assault, against the “Upside Down 2020” album creator.

It’s not the first time that the young Myrie has publicly denounced her father.

In October 2020, a heated Twitter exchange between Abihail and Buju’s girlfriend, Tasha saw Tasha tweet, “Go study your books and stop allowing them to use you to tear down your father.” That came in response to Abihail’s counteraction to her father’s rant at the time, in opposition to the wearing of masks. She had defended the masks, telling her followers, “so anyway y’all, wear your masks!!!”

Fast forward to this week and the public is again receiving front row seat access to what appears to be a family dispute. The young woman is claiming that she has always been the family’s punching bag, alleging that both her father and brother have been abusive to her, and this morning showing images of a vehicle’s window smashed in, and an injury to her toe. She claimed, the assault took place during an altercation with her brother.

A missing person’s report was filed allegedly by Buju, indicating that Abihail was missing since October 9th. That report was subsequently debunked by the girl’s mother.

Further to this, a legal statement, delivered on behalf of Abihail Myrie by Attorney Robb Cunningham, states that Abihail was neither kidnapped nor imprisoned and was accessible at all times to her close friends or associates. It also states that Abihail is in fear for her life and invites the Jamaica Constabulary Force to be mindful of this.

Buju Banton is yet to comment publicly on this matter.

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