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Miami Gardens hosting music fest with international flair

Flavour, a Nigerian musician, is one of the headliners for the city’s international music festival July 23 at the Betty T. Ferguson Center.
Flavour, a Nigerian musician, is one of the headliners for the city’s international music festival July 23 at the Betty T. Ferguson Center. City of Miami Gardens

More than a decade ago Miami Gardens hosted the first Jazz in the Gardens music festival. It has since become one of the signature events for the city. This weekend, city leaders hope a new music festival will add to that list of noteworthy events.

The city will host an international music festival starting 8 p.m. July 23 at the Betty T. Ferguson Center, 3000 NW 199th St. The festival will feature artists representing four countries headlined by Nigerian musician Flavour and the band Harmonik representing Haiti.

This version of the festival is spearheaded by Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro after a similar concert last August. Last year’s show also featured Flavour and was primarily a fundraiser for a proposed African museum and cultural arts center in the city.

“This is going to be the beginning of a platform to celebrate our diversity,” Ighodaro said. “Even though we’re predominately black we trace our heritage to Jamaica, to Haiti to all over Africa, and Miami Gardens is about celebrating all those cultures.”

Other performers at this year’s concert include Jamaican reggae artist Dilly Chris, Haitian singer Sassy Singz and gospel reggae artist Nigel Lewis from Trinidad and Tobago.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased through the concert’s Eventbrite page. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $50. For more information call 786-489-4313.

The city will also host a talent show at the venue at 4 p.m. The winning performer will receive $1,000 and a chance to perform at the festival later that evening. Information for that contest can be found here on Eventbrite. Registration costs $25 for individuals and $50 for groups.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

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