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Caribbean American Heritage Month is back again and June is looking Way Up! Colors of the Caribbean is an annual family-oriented festival that is held at Hollywood Arts Park. If you’re looking for culture, savory Caribbean eats, and feel good music then don’t stick–June 18 will be here in no time. What started off as a more intimate crowd in 2012, has flourished into moments that bring happiness, unity, vibes, and most importantly, LOVE!

Believe it or not, live Caribbean music is hard to find in Miami and I like to take advantage and support quality events when they come around. Although there isn’t anything wrong with the random guy on Ocean Drive singing “Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot” that is NOT what I mean; just saying. There have been big name artistes who have graced the stage such as Kes, Wayne Wonder, Inner Circle, and Kevin Lyttle to name a few. For 2016, there are multiple international headlining acts such as Alison Hinds, the reigning Queen of Soca from Barbados; Red Rat, to cure your Jamaican dancehall needs; and T-Vice, who will bring the sensual flavor for the Kompa lovers. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. The Bahamian Junkanoo, tasa, and steel pan medley will set the pace from early with the traditional instrumentals, which gives it a nostalgic feel of our culture.

Unlike previous years when the event was complimentary and did not require a ticket, a few things have changed. For those who took advantage of the opportunity to register online, your admission is free of charge until 5 p.m. Now, my friends, I mean the real 5 p.m. not a Caribbean 5 p.m. aka 7 o’clock. After that, the entrance fee will be $10 and children under 12 are free. The VIP experience is also available with premium drink and food tickets included.

SoFla takes the crown for doing things right, whether it is during the hot days or cool sultry nights in this city with endless possibilities. Don’t be surprised when you see me practicing my kompa moves and whining up to Ms. Alison Hinds, to whom I grew up listening. All I have to say is: when Faluma comes on, ting done. Stay posted for my recap!

One Love.

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