by Howard Campbell, Jamaica Observer
After a break of 17 years, the Caribbean Muzik Festival returns to Nassau, Bahamas from October 28-31.
A cast of reggae, dancehall and soca artistes will perform over four nights at different venues. Tourism interests in the Bahamas are hoping the event will attract visitors to the island heading into its winter season.
The festival is organised by Caribbean Muzik Festival Inc, a company which has Jamaican Michael Sutherland as chairman and CEO. Sutherland was at the helm for its initial run from 1994-98.
The CMF Jam Session kicks off proceedings on October 28, followed by the Street Party and Bacchanal.
On October 30, it is 'Old School Uprising' at the Fish Fry Amphitheatre. Featured acts are Etana, Admiral Bailey, Shinehead, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Skool Band featuring saxophonist Tony Green, Antiguan singer Causion and Spred The Dub, an American ska band.
Action moves to the Carnival Grounds on closing night where Haitian band Boukman Eksperyans, Third World, Lady Saw and Alison Hinds will perform.
Promoters will use the Caribbean Muzik Festival to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Nassau Accord, a 1985 conference in which 45 heads of Commonwealth states imposed economic sanctions on Apartheid-ruled South Africa.
The festival's opening night is dedicated to the people of the Bahamas and South Africa. The South African Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at the commemoration of the Nassau Accord.
A Living Legend award will also be presented to South African musician hugh Masekela. Other Living Legend awardees are Ronnie Butler (Bahamas), Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica), Omara Portuondo (Cuba), Emile Straker (Barbados), and McCartha 'Calypso Rose' Sandy-Lewis (Trinidad and Tobago).