The Bahamas is getting ready to host the Caribbean Muzik Festival – a star-studded event that will feature 25 of the biggest names in Caribbean music on one stage.
The four-day festival, to be held in Nassau, is expected to showcase all aspects of Caribbean culture, and position The Bahamas as the cultural gateway to the Caribbean.
It is scheduled for October 28th - October 31st.
Historically, the music festival attracts a large and varied cross-section of international press.
Celebrities from the music, film, television and sports industries, accompanied by over 5,000 culture conscious tourists are expected to attend the festival.
Festival organizers will present a Living Legend Award to an outstanding Caribbean artist in recognition of lifetime accomplishments in the field of music and entertainment.
This year's nominees include: McCartha Sandy-Lewis, Trinidad and Tobago; Hugh Masekala, South Africa; Ronnie Butler, Bahamas; Jimmy Cliff, Jamaica; Omara Portuanfo Pelaex, Cuba; and Emile Straker, Barbados.
This year's special invited guests are Cuba's Tropicana Dancers, and South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir.
Performers include Ancient Man; D’Mac; Funky D; K.B; Ira Storr and the Spank Band, SPRED the Dub; CAUSION; Skool Band; Ziggy Rankin; Geno Davis; Soweto Gospel Choir; Perchin Band; Boukman Eksperyans; Spice and Company; Third World; Tony Greene; Tingam Dem Orkestra; Lady Saw; Alison Hinds; Etana; Shinehead; Chaka Demus & Pliers; Admiral Bailey; Visage; Kes the Band, Ras Iley and John King & FiWi All-stars.
On Wednesday, October 28th, there will be a Welcome party at Green Party on East Bay St.
On Thursday, October 29 the concert will focus on the Bay Street Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of The Nassau Accord followed by street party with the fast-paced sounds and performances of Junkanoo.
On Friday, October 30, there will be a dancehall night - Arawak Cay where DJs from all over the Caribbean will play music and Bahamian artists to perform.
The weekend will close on Saturday, October 31 - Caribbean Jamboree - Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.