NEW YORK (Aug. 27)—The 2015 edition of Caribbean Cultural Fest, presented by Virgin Islanders United, features the rich flavor of the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean Sunday, Sept. 6 at Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park.
The popular and free outdoor Caribbean music concert will be headlined by leading Virgin Islands recording artiste Pressure Busspipe, as well as Whadablee, five-time Calypso king of the USVI; Kamoi, former Junior Calypso Monarch of the USVI; the sounds of Island Rooster; the TKO Band representing Antigua; and soca legend Designer.
The show will be hosted by former VIU President Kevin Hughes and Caribbean radio personality Prince Kalunda.
“Caribbean Cultural Fest continues to showcase the vibrant diversity of Caribbean music and culture,” said Janet Parris, current VIU president. “Our theme this year, ‘Red, White, and Boom,’ is a special one, as it pays homage and recognition to the many distinguished Virgin Islanders and Caribbean Nationals who have served in America’s armed forces. We want all of our distinguished Caribbean service men, women and their families along with all others to come out with their respective Caribbean flags prepared to enjoy a high energy musical event.”
Caribbean Cultural Fest is the signature event of Virgin Islanders United, a New York-based civil society organization founded in 1999. The event also features a vendor’s plaza, offering authentic Caribbean food, beverages and other wares. The festival is one of the few Caribbean events taking place outside of the borough of Brooklyn during the popular West Indian American Day Labor Parade weekend.
“Caribbean Cultural Fest 2015 will infuse a massive dose of VI and Eastern Caribbean music and culture into New York’s Carnival this coming Labor Day weekend,” added Hughes.
“Attendees are guaranteed to find good Caribbean music, food and fun. We encourage everyone to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands after receiving this small taste of paradise at the festival,” Hughes said.
The festival will be broadcast live to the U.S. Virgin Islands on WSTA radio (1340 AM) and at www.wsta.com. Caribbean Cultural Fest 2015 is supported by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, the West Indian Company, Virgin Islands Oncology and Hematology Center, Virgin Islands Daily News and WSTA Radio.