BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The count down has begun for the much anticipated launch of the New York Roots Reggae Family Festival – The Caribbean Family Reunion. The TSO Production is set for Sunday, August 13th in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
The festival takes place in the Nethermead section of the Park and will include performances from Mutabaruka and Bushman of Jamaica, David Rudder of Trinidad and Tobago, Emeline Michel of Haiti, Taj Weekes and Adowa of St. Lucia and Elijah Emanuel of Panama.
It will also include a children’s village, an elders retreat, a games court, a food court, a commerce pavilion, a craft market and live roots reggae music all day long.
The event, which organizers call one of the most significant undertakings in recent history, is a family focused celebration of milestones in Caribbean progress, including Emancipation Day, Marcus Garvey’s birthday, the Haitian Revolution, the formation of the United Negro Improvement Association and Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence among others.
The New York City Transit Authority has endorsed this event by displaying special event posters throughout the city’s subway system giving directions to Prospect Park’s Nethermead section. Sponsors for the family festival are Grace Foods, Carib Beer and Air Jamaica and media sponsors include Hardbeatnews.