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9 Mile Music Festival
The 9 Mile Music Festival was created to pay tribute to the legendary Bob Marley.

The 9 Mile Music Festival, also known as the Bob Marley Festival, Bob Fest, Marley Fest and Caribbean Festival, is an annual music event which began in 1993 in Miami.[1] 9 Mile was pioneered by Bob Marley's mother, Cedella Marley Booker, to pay tribute to the legacy of her late son, and his messages of peace, love and unity.[2] The festival maintains a tradition of collecting canned goods upon admission, to continue efforts to give back to the community.[3] Donations go towards feeding the less fortunate in South Florida and the Caribbean. Over 2 million cans have been donated over the years.[4]

The festival

The one-day music festival has taken place every year since 1993.[5] The festival is largely focused on reggae, but also incorporates other music genres like dance, hip hop, rock and R&B.

Bob Marley's children Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Ky-mani Marley and Damian Marley have performed at many of the editions. Other performers have included Carlos Santana, Lauryn Hill, Hootie & the Blowfish, Erykah Badu, Burning Spear, Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji, Capleton, Pitbull, 2 Chainz, Future, T.I., Tarrus Riley, Konshens, Machel Montano, Diana King, SOJA, Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Mavado, DMX, India Arie, Inner Circle and Major Lazer.[6]

The festival offers an array of booths for artist merchandise, local vendors and academics to share their goods and services. Booths offer food and drinks from may different cultures including Jamaican, Chinese, Spanish and American food as well as a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.[7]

The 24th Annual 9 Mile Music Festival will also showcase a holistic village which will feature various booths for acupuncture, massages, yoga, body painting and a drum circle on the beach.[8][9] Nutritionists and life coaches will be offering advice and services for those interested.[10]

History

Conceived and created in 1993 by Cedella Marley Booker,[11] the mother of Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist Bob Marley, the festival has been held every year since. The festival is organized by 9 Mile Entertainment, a business run by Cedella Marley Booker's son Richard Booker.[12] The 9 Mile Music Festival was envisioned by Cedella and Richard to serve the Bob Marley and the Waliers Fan Club in honor Bob Marley's memory in song and philanthropy.[13]

The spirit of the festival is that by working together people can make big differences in helping their communities. As part of the entrance fee, attendees bring four canned goods on the day of the event - or make a financial donation as part of the admission to the event. The donations are collected and distributed to charities to help feed the needy in the Miami area.

The festival became known early on as the Marley Fest because of its founder and the inspiration drawn from Cedella's late son with Bob Marley's sons performing each year.

The festival has gone through a series of name changes. These include the Bob Marley Festival, Marley Fest and The Caribbean Festival.

In 2011, the festival was rebranded as the 9 Mile Music Festival.[14] The name derives from Nine Mile, a village in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica where Bob Marley was born, began his musical career and found inspiration for many of his songs. Nine Mile is home to the Bob Marley Mausoleum, which showcases many of his awards, guitars and photographs. It has become a tourist attraction in Jamaica and is also the place where both Cedella and Richard Booker are buried.[15]

Charity

In honor of Bob Marley's philanthropic efforts during his lifetime, the Festival, in coordination with Cedella Marley Booker's philanthropic organization, Movement of Jah People, collects four canned goods or financial donations from every attendee as part of admission.[16] The events have collected more than three million canned goods in its 22 years. Goods are donated to local and international charities and shelters in South Florida and Jamaica.[17][18]

2011 lineup

2012 lineup

2013 lineup

2014 lineup

2015 lineup

2016 lineup

2017 lineup

See also

References

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  2. ^ "9 Mile Music Festival 2017 in Miami, FL | Everfest". Everfest.com. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "9 Mile Music Festival - Mar 11, 2017 - Miami, FL". JamBase. 2016-11-07. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Castillo, Arielle (2008-01-28). "First Phase of Marley Fest Announced..." New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Marley's Nine Mile Music Festival celebrates 20 years". Miami.com. 2013-02-26. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ midnightraverblog (2016-12-14). "9 Mile Music Festival 2017!". MIDNIGHT RAVER. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ reggaeville. "9 Mile Music Festival Announces First Acts for 2017". www.reggaeville.com. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ midnightraverblog (2016-12-14). "9 Mile Music Festival 2017!". MIDNIGHT RAVER. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Centeno, Tony (2017-01-09). "DMX Set to Headline 9 Mile Music Festival 2017". Miami New Times. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "9 Mile Music Festival". Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/18702/Read"
  12. ^ "https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bob-marleys-family-settles-trademark-lawsuit-with-singers-half-brother-20121202"
  13. ^ "Richard Booker Bob Marley half brother heartbroken by lawsuit against him". Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "http://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/take-the-nine-mile-trek-to-marley-fest-at-bayfront-park-this-saturday-6454136"
  15. ^ "http://travel.usnews.com/Jamaica/Things_to_Do/"
  16. ^ "Miami's Nine Mile Music Fest a Success! | Reggae Report". Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "http://reggaevibe.org/news/139-9-mile-music-festival"
  18. ^ "23rd Annual 9 Mile Music Festival Adds NAS to its 2016 Line Up - Jamaicans.com". Jamaicans.com. 2016-01-03. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Park, Esther (2011-03-14). "The 18th Annual Nine Mile Music Festival at Bayfront Park, March 12". Miami New Times. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ Shaker, Kareem (2012-03-05). "Nine Mile Music Festival 2012 at Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, March 3". Miami New Times. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ Pajot, S. (2013-01-23). "Nine Mile Music Festival's 2013 Lineup: Three Marleys With 2 Chainz, Future, Six Others". Miami New Times. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ "http://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/nine-mile-music-festivals-2014-lineup-lauryn-hill-three-marleys-five-others-6460918"
  23. ^ "http://www.southflorida.com/events/go-guide-blog/sf-9-mile-music-festival-2015-four-marleys-on-bill-20141114-story.html"
  24. ^ "http://www.vibe.com/2016/01/nas-marley-9mile-festival-miami/"
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  4. Nine Mile Music Festival's 2014 Lineup: Lauryn Hill, Three Marleys, Five Others Miami New Times
  5. 9 Mile Music Festival 2015: One love, four Marleys SouthFlorida.com

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