Marley Fest 2012: A Righteous, Nine-Part Guide to the Nine Mile Music Festival in Miami

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Burning Spear says, "Jah is real!"
Wanna lead a blessed existence full of irie vibes? Simply abide these nine Rasta-approved rules of conduct and you shall bask in the radiant glory of the Zion Lion: (1) Grow that ganja; (2) Get dreaded; (3) Praise Jah; (4) Start an Ital diet; (5) Smoke that ganja; (6) Listen to lots of reggae music; (7) Rock a touch of red, green, and gold on the regular; (8) Share that ganja; and (9) Make a pilgrimage to the Nine Mile Music Festival.

Now in its 19th consecutive season, the Bob Marley Movement of Jah People's annual reggae fest will descend upon the Magic City this weekend to shake its mane, spark a spliff, and celebrate the immortal legacy of its late leader by jamming right, "doing good, and spreading love."

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez
Stephen Marley at last year's Nine Mile fest. Check out Crossfade's recap and slideshow from 2011.

Still known to the people on the streets as Marley Fest or even the Carribean Music Festival, this 12-hour jam-rock sesh was renamed last year in honor of Bob's birthplace, Nine Mile, a small country town tucked away amid St. Ann Parish's emerald green Dry Harbour Mountains on Jamaica's north coast.

And this year, there's been another shift in the order of things: The festival will no longer get up, stand up at Downtown Miami's Bayfront Park. Instead, the dreadheads are gonna gather on the sands of Virginia Key Beach Park, which organizers say, "offers what the fans want ... a bigger venue, easier parking, longer hours to enjoy the music."

But even transplanted across the Rickenbacker Causeway, Nine Mile 2012 remains righteous, starring three of Bob's sons -- Stephen, Damian, and Julian -- alongside reggae legends Burning Spear, Capleton, and Cocoa Tea as well as Wale, Tarrus Riley, Collie Buddz, Kevens, and Khevs.

It's time to roll up, roll out, and go catch those irie vibes.

Stephen, Damian, and Julian Marley
Can you imagine a Marley Fest without the Marleys? Well, luckily, we won't have to confront that kind of strange and shocking scenario. Because even though Stephen, Damian, and Julian stunned Jah people around the world by announcing on February 23 that they "[would] not be attending or performing at the 9 Mile Music Festival ... due to circumstances beyond their control," (i.e. a recent legal dispute over the family name with festival organizer and Bob's half-brother Richard Brooker), the Marley bros are back on the bill. It's a Nine Mile miracle!

Now a member of Rick Ross's blinged-out Maybach Music crew, this "Ambition"-riding, "White Linen"-wearing, "Chain Music"-making rapper doesn't exactly jive with the rest of Nine Mile's Rasta-centric roster. But born to Nigerian parents in our nation's capital, Wale (AKA Olubowale Victor Akintimehin) started his career in the mid 2000s by spitting pseudo-conscious verses. Maybe he needs a vacay from the hustle.

Hailing from the same spot as the original Buffalo Soldier (i.e. Bob Marley) and now crooning out of Fort Lauderdale, Khev is the self-described "Prince of Reggae Soul" whose wide-ranging catalog includes tunes like "Love Slave," "Distant Lover," and "Real Love." His number one influence: "GOD."

Location Info


Virginia Key Beach Park

4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Key Biscayne, FL

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Dumbasses.  Mate de coca = Coca tea.  Cocoa indicates something made from cacao, or chocolate, no?

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