It is well known that The Islands Of The Bahamas offer the best beaches, the clearest ocean water, near perfect weather, and world-class accommodations. It is also becoming well known that our country is home to the tastiest food, the friendliest people and most intriguing and rhythmic music this side of Africa.
At the heart and soul of Bahamian culture is Junkanoo. It is the beat of Junkanoo that gives The Bahamas its rhythm. The Islands Of The Bahamas will tempt music lovers with its participation in the second annual Music Fest Miami Festival—-a three day event celebrating the rich and pulsating musical styles of the region and the great cultural diversity of Miami-Dade County. This year`s festival will run from August 30 through September 01 in Miami at the Miami Arena, the Orange Bowl, and at Bayfront Park. About 75,000 people from around the world are expected to attend.
The three-day event will include entertainment and displays featuring some of the best Bahamian talent and culture. The highlight of the event will be the Outdoor Multicultural family festival at Bayfront Park featuring the sights and sounds of The Islands Of The Bahamas, crafts villages, and children`s activities. The Bahamas pavilion will expose thousands of South Floridians to a glimpse of the unique culture of The Bahamas.
Junkanoo, the National festival of The Bahamas representing Bahamian roots and heritage will be showcased. The Valley Boys, one of the leading Junkanoo groups in Nassau with 44 years of experience will explode on the scene with rhythmic thunder, imaginative costumes and intricate art designs. The fifty musicians will use cowbells, goat skin drums and brass instruments to produce an inescapable beat. This unique Bahamian Cultural Expression is by far one of the greatest musical spectacles on earth.
“Junkanoo is important to our tourism product and it has a role to play in how we interpret our tourism product to other societies around the world”, said Bahamas Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Obie Wilchcombe. “This year we are increasing our marketing budget in the state of Florida and Music Fest will jumpstart these marketing efforts in an exciting and direct way.”
Other expressions of Bahamian sounds include Visage, one of the hottest bands who will perform on the main stage as one of the opening acts for Sunday`s headliner Patti LaBelle.
The Islands Of The Bahamas will not only tempt festival goers with succulent Bahamian delicacies and drinks but will provide educational work shops on the history of Junkanoo, conch preparations and genealogy.
The Junkanoo will also close out at the NBC Parade of Flags on September 01 featuring 10 countries from around the world and will open the Battle Of the Bands at the Orange Bowl with various high school marching bands.
The Bahamian Junkanoo performance at Music Fest Miami comes two weeks after a similar performance before enthusiastic audiences at The Great Lakes Folk Festival in Lansing, Michigan.
Junkanoo is now an important part of The Ministry of Tourism`s strategy to introduce audiences to this unique aspect of Bahamian culture and next year Junkanoo artists will perform in at least ten festivals around the world.
While in Florida for Music Fest Miami, visitors can extend their stay and fly or cruise to The Islands Of The Bahamas. Excursion packages are available through Destination Bahamas.