Will There Be A Distant Relatives Reunion at This Year’s 9Mile Music Festival?

If The Stars Align This Weekend In Miami, Anything Can Happen

The 9 Mile Music Festival was established in 1993 as the brainchild of Cedella Marley Booker in honor of her son, Robert Nesta Marley. Formerly known as Marley Fest and The Caribbean Music Festival, the event has been renamed 9 Mile after Bob’s birthplace as well as his final resting place—the little village in St. Ann Parish that lies at the heart of the Marley legacy. More than a concert,  the 9 Mile Music Festival provides millions of canned goods to local homeless shelters and domestic centers throughout Miami; feeding families in need for months after the show is over. For 22 years, the concert has required canned goods in addition to the price of admission, and it always will. Given its strong ties to the Marley family, the show is always packed with reggae royalty, and this year is no exception, with Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian “JuJu Royal” Marley, and their nephew Skip Marley all scheduled to perform this Saturday, February 27th. In addition, both Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Nas are billed—and while each of these living legends will be performing his own set, anticipation is in the air that the two lyrical giants may join forces on stage to recreate the magic of their 2010 album Distant RelativesFull Details After The Jump…


The full 2016 Artist Line Up is packed with all-star artists preparing to awaken the minds of the masses in Miami, Florida. You can expect to see some familiar faces from the reggae revival Protoje & Kabaka Pyramid, The Prophet Capleton, Dancehall’s heartbreaker Konshens, and Hip-Hop Giant Nas all performing live on stage. The event is growing larger by the year as more eyes focus on the life and legacy of Robert Nesta Marley.

Full Artist Line Up

  • Stephen Marley
  • Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley
  • Julian Marley
  • Skip Marley
  • Nas
  • Capleton
  • Konshens
  • Mr. Cheeks
  • Protoje
  • Kabaka Pyramid
  • Styleon

Tickets can be purchased here.

  • Cover Photo by George Martinez

Jr. Gong & Nas “Africa Must Wake Up” Live

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2 Responses

  1. Soren says:

    I hope to one day attend this event. I love the fact that they collect can goods next to admission. Seems like a great cause.

    • BlackQueen says:

      The Marley Family also does the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise. Cedella Marley is amazing.
      Thanks so much for the comment. Hope we have a Distant Relatives reunion soon.

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