The 1st Annual Froribbean Fest took place September 29th in Central Park near Midtown Atlanta. The showcase featured a cultural collision of performers from all over the Caribbean islands, Africa, and the United States.
It’s A Party in the ATL
The day’s events started with performances from Dos Dias & Aaron Jaman who brought some early sparks to the stage. A young cat by the name of DJ Eli opened the show with dancing girls in masquerade. The dancer/singer hyped the crowd before proceeding to climb atop the arc truss, singing along to Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA.
All Of We Are 1
DJ Stephen brought along his roster of raw talent to perform before songstress Imani Ray arrived alongside her dancing queens to entertain the crowd with beat-bumping and bottoms-jumping hits. “Raise your hand if you’re going to Miami Carnival! Who’s going to Trinidad?” The host called out all the countries, engaging the already ecstatic audience of Soca lovers.
Reggae, Soca, and Hip-Hop All-In-One
Dreggae represented for Jamaica with his original blend of Hip-Hop and reggae infused tracks. Ayo Jay, the “Your Number” singer from Nigeria, invited female fans from Haiti, Guyana, and West Africa to join him onstage to dance along to his upbeat singles.
Furthermore, DJ Envy from the Breakfast Club shelled the dance with support from surprise guests. The night show jumped off with some classic reggae and hip-hop gems before transitioning into local performances.
Celebrating The African Diaspora
Crime Mob’s singer Diamond started jugging to “Stilletos” and ATL’s own Fabo performed his dance-track “Laffy Taffy”. After what appeared to be a Krunkfest reunion, Nigeria’s DJ E Cool came out with Teni and Victoria Kimani to get the crowd grooving to Afrobeats in the name of African solidarity.
Big Bad Artistes From Around The Globe
Finally, leading acts Bunji Garlin and Alkaline arrived to close out the evening with electrifying performances that set the crowd on fire with excitement.
Bunji hit the stage with songs “Differentolgy”, “Turn Up”, and “Big Bad Soca”. Comedian Mahjah Hype grabbed the mic to provide a smooth transition before introducing The Man Himself Alkaline.
The Vendetta Boss came in full-force with “Extra Lesson”, “Champion Boy”, and “Fine Whine”. The Jamaican artist gave a full-energy performance for his screaming female fans and put the entire park in frenzy as a highlight of entertainment for the show.
Bunji Garlin shared his opinion of the Froribbean Festival on his Instagram Platform:
“In these hours some of the most magical things happened with the African and Caribbean Diaspora in one place. I honestly wish every event I went too had that type of raw love and honest energy. I’ve been doing shows all over the world where the communities are mixed for diversity and some of the countries or islands you’d expect to embrace the expansions tend to be very stand-off ish and it’s like they don’t want it to grow but growth is inevitable and beyond anyone’s control except for God so let it go and grow”
Overall, we hope to see an even larger turn-out, bigger venue, and finer tuned production for next year’s Froribbean Fest. Special thanks to the patrons and performers who made this a memorable event for the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora of Atlanta, Georgia.