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CARIBEFEST Celebrates New Arts Center In Miramar – November 15 – 16, 2008, Miramar, Florida

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Veteran reggae singer Gregory Isaacs, will lead a diverse list of Caribbean performers scheduled to perform at Caribefest-Community Showcase,  scheduled for Saturday, November 15, and Sunday, November 16, at its new location, the  MiramGregory on stagear Town Center Plaza and  new Cultural Arts Center.

Staged annually by Caribefest Inc., and the City of Miramar, Caribefest-Community Showcase is a free multi-cultural festival focusing on the music, food and culture of the Caribbean.  The festival has a tradition of featuring top Caribbean acts, and the inclusion of Isaacs to this year’s list continues that custom.

As part of the opening celebrations of Miramar’s new Cultural Arts Center, the festival was relocated to this new venue and has expanded to two days. On Saturday, November 15, the free event will feature Gregory Isaacs along with Soaria, the Brazilian songstress whose Portuguese rendition of Taurus Riley’s hit “She’s Royal” has been getting a lot of airplay. Popular Haitian band T-Vice will also perform along with the universally appealing group MaWon, showcasing traditional Haitian Roots music, Kompa, Reggae and R&B. New York-based Reggaeton rapper Negro Baby will strut his stuff as well as locally based Reggae singer King Banton as well as the the Latin group James De La Raza and El Ritmo Band.  Rounding out the festivities will be the Virgin Islands Mocko Jumbies, Trinidadian steel band and neighborhood dance groups.

The festival will feature a varied selection of booths selling Caribbean foods such as jerk chicken, curry goat and fish, plus cool drinks to quench the thirst of patrons jamming’ to the music while enjoying the evening’s entertainment.  A selection of T-shirts, art and craft items as well as other novelties will also be available from vendors. Major corporations will also be offering free gifts as well as valuable prizes such as trips and gift baskets to lucky raffle winners.

BradshawHagueOn Sunday, November 16, the focus turns to Caribbean Jazz as veteran Jamaican musician and founder of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival Sonny Bradshaw graces the stage of the new Cultural Arts Center.  He will be joined by vocalist Myrna Hague, saxophonist Dean Frasier, Grammy nominated Haitian-born Reginald Policard on keyboards as well as trumpeter Jean Caze.  This elegant evening of Caribbean Jazz is a fitting way to crown celebrations of the new Miramar Cultural Arts Center, which will be the home to many Caribbean-themed events. Tickets for the Jazz Gala will range from $30 to $55 and are available online at MiramarCulturalCenter.org.

Caribefest-Community Showcase is presented by Caribefest Inc., The City of Miramar, All Service Refuse with support from Comcast Cable.   

For further information contact Alex Davis of Caribefest Inc., at 954-270-4601 or Lolita Dunn of the City of Miramar at 954-704-1631

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