Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Summertime Reggae Festivals

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2.Best of the Best (Miami, Fla.), May 28-29

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Last year, this Memorial Day Weekend fete at downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park had to do some last-minute shuffling after the U.S. Embassy revoked the visas of several key Jamaican acts scheduled to perform, shifting to a more hip-hop- and R&B-heavy lineup than in the past. The visa situation for Jamaican artists hasn’t improved since then and the roster’s still heavy on American acts (There’s a whole R&B day on Saturday headlined by Chris Brown) but Best of the Best’s organizers came up with a solution: they’re going to broadcast, via satellite, a live performance from Jamaica by the Caribbean artist everyone wants to see the most right now, Vybz Kartel. Stephen and Damian, Allison Hinds, Assassin, Etana, Sanchez, I-Octane, Stephen and Chino McGregor, Richie Loop, Demarco and Romain Virgo are also on the bill.