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The sights, sounds and taste of the Caribbean will take center stage at CaribeFest 2004, a multi-cultural festival focusing on the food, music and culture of the Caribbean, on Sunday, September 5, at Lakeshore Park, 8501 S. Sherman Circle in Miramar.

CaribeFest 2004 is a fun-filled Caribbean festival which will feature performances by international and local groups performing traditional as well as contemporary dance, music and other cultural expressions of the Caribbean beginning at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 11:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.

Tabou Combo, one of the most recognizable and influential Haitian bands will be the featured group. True ambassadors of Konpa, the popular music of Haiti, Tabou Combo have performed in Europe, Asia, Africa and several North American cities. The group has written numerous hits and has been together since 1968. Their worldwide appeal and popularity will attract a large contingent of devoted fans.

Reggae sensation, Glen Washington will perform his many hits that have propelled him to the forefront as one of Reggae’s top vocalist. Washington’s repertoire consists of a stunning selection of roots and lovers-rock material covering universal themes such as love, spirituality and life’s daily struggles. Washington has established himself as not only a singer but, also as a gifted songwriter and excellent performer.
Carrying the Soca flame and bringing a lot of heat to the stage will be Leon Coldero and Code 868 band. Coldero’s career began in the mid-Eighties with the band Sound Revolution in Trinidad. He went solo in 1991, and then gained notoriety during the next decade as a featured vocalist with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. He’s known for sexy and shirtless high-energy performances, generating a party sound that’s heavy on rapid-fire digital samples and percussion.
Jorge Moreno, Latin Grammy Winner in 2002, will perform his diverse set touching on traditional Latin sounds to edgy, individual pop rock. This Cuban American singer-songwriter shows that true fusion is an act of creation. Moreno’s style is fresh and adventurous, a seamless, bicultural fusion of Afro-Cuban salsa, melodic ’60s pop and even a little ’50s calypso.
Other performers scheduled to appear at CaribeFest 2004 includes the steel pan sounds of Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, Virgin Islands Mocko Jumbie Stilt Dancers, Haitian group Da Minted and local DJs spinning the latest selection of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Compa and Salsa hits between scheduled entertainment.

There will be a kid’s play area with inflatable rides, face paintings and other activities to keep the children busy, plus a variety of booths selling Caribbean food, drinks and craft items, creating a true Caribbean festival atmosphere. Patrons can try their luck by entering raffles with a chance to win an all-inclusive getaway courtesy of Super Clubs, or round-trip airline tickets courtesy of Air Jamaica and admission tickets to Disney World in Orlando.

CaribeFest 2004 is presented by CaribeFest Inc., The City of Miramar, Comcast Cable and the Sun-Sentinel.

For further information contact Alex Davis of CaribeFest Inc., at 954-270-4601or Nancy DeJesus of the City of Miramar at 954-962-5501.

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