Best of the Best returns to take over Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 29, at Bayfront Park. After pausing the festival in 2020 amid the COVID lockdown and pushing the show back to October last year, the 16th-annual Caribbean festival has announced a slate of performers, including reggae and dancehall titans Beres Hammond and Mr. Vegas.
Against the sparkling backdrop of Biscayne Bay, attendees will buss a whine and wave their island’s flag to soca, dancehall, and reggae vets and up-and-comers including Cham, Chris Martin, Patrice Roberts, Ricardo Drue, Pressure, and 10Tik. Whether it’s your first or 16th time experiencing Best of the Best, New Times has put together a guide to the artists bringing the vibes to this year’s festival.
A member of the rising crop of dancehall artists dominating the genre with gritty, unabashed lyrics, 10Tik won over fans with his 2021 hit song, “Roll Deep,” which has racked up over 17 million views on YouTube. Then he teamed up with fellow dancehall artist Yaksta (also set to perform) to challenge systemic oppression on “Freedom.” Earlier this year, he paired with Tarrus Riley on “Tears of Joy” and released an EP, Soul of the City. Last month, he released the video for his latest single, “Activate,” featuring dancehall star Skillibeng. When he hits the Best of the Best stage alongside dancehall peers and pioneers, 10Tik will show why he’s one of the current leading voices in dancehall’s evolution.
Grammy-nominated Jamaican singer-songwriter Beres Hammond has become one of the most notable voices in reggae and dancehall since he made his debut in the 1970s. In the ’90s, when dancehall dominated the charts in Jamaica and abroad, he rose to international fame with his acclaimed hit “Tempted To Touch.” Since then, he’s collaborated with the likes of Wyclef Jean and Buju Banton and stamped his imprint on the legacy of reggae with songs like his 2008 single, “I Feel Good,” a track that combines his soulful, smoky voice with melting harmonies and a sanguine riddim.
Source: Best of the Best 2022 Concert Lineup: Beres Hammond, Mr. Vegas, Chris Martin, and More | Miami New Times
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