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It's festival time in South Florida, so break out the lawn chairs and coolers. Every weekend in March has a blowout concert lined up. For lovers of all things related to Rastafar-I, the best place to hang out this weekend is the 14th-annual Bob Marley Movement Caribbean Festival, which features not only a host of red-hot Jamaican artists but also most of Bob Marley's male lineage performing on stage as well. We caught up with Miami resident Ky-Mani Marley on the eve of his 31st birthday to talk about the festival, his family, and upcoming releases.
Outtakes:What does it mean to participate in another "Marley Festival" like this?
Ky-Mani Marley: A lot of this is about my father and the world he left here for the people. To be a part of this musical family and that whole energy is definitely an overwhelming feeling. For me, to be able to pay respect not only to a father but to a man that helped the world in so many ways, even till this day, is a great honor.
Is there anything that will make this year special?
It's gonna be an excellent Marley festival this year. It's a family gathering. You can't even look at it as a lineup; this is a family ting.Our moms should be there just cooling out. All the brothers will be there performing. Well, Ziggy has to tour, but everyone else should be there. Plus Capleton and Sizzla and all those guys should make it a really nice show.
There's a lot of money raised, and a canned-good donation is a requirement for entry. Where are all the proceeds going?
It's a charity event, and we send food to kids in Jamaica. And we have a school in Ethiopia where we ship food to as well. [Editor's note: Florida-based nonprofit Foodshare is also a recipient of the canned goods.]
What's going on with your music right now? Got anything cooking?
I'm working long and hard, and I'm hoping to put out a double album if the record company allows me to do that. If not, I'll have to pick the best 15 songs and let it be. The album is already finished. We're just waiting on Stephen's album to come out [March 20] and let him have his run. He's been in the industry since he was 8 years old, so this is his time. Mine will come out after that.
You've got a birthday bash coming up at Congas Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale. How come you're throwing it here and not in Jamaica?
We gon' be doing it big for my birthday, and we just want a change of venue. I haven't lived in Jamaica for quite some time, so I try to pay attention and be involved with what's happening around here. Jonathan Cunningham
The 14th Annual Bob Marley Movement Caribbean Festival takes place Saturday, March 3, at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Gates open at 1 p.m., and the show ends at midnight. Tickets cost $30 plus a mandatory donation of four cans of food. Visit www.bobmarleymovement.com, or call 305-740-7344.The King of Libido
We're not sure how this makes it as a follow-up to the media circus that descended on the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino after Anna Nicole Smith's death, but Engelbert Humperdinck is swooping down on the now-notorious landmark for a one-night-only performance. Maybe this event won't draw an army of television vans, but the hotel should probably brace itself for another kind of invasion: Humperdinck's adoring legions of older women fans.
Ladies, remember when you first tried on Engelbert's last name, just to see how it would sound should you marry him one day? "Edna Humperdinck" you said with a thrill. Well, try "Edna Dorsey" on for size. In 1965, his manager suggested that he borrowthat handsome, sprawling stage moniker of his. Born in Madras, India, Humperdinck wisely shelved his birth name, Arnold George Dorsey (perhaps because saying those three names out loud feels like chewing a large wad of gum). And just before his recording of "Release Me" began selling 85,000 copies per day, he adopted the name of a 19th-century German musician. The original Engelbert's heirs have objected, emphasizing that the Las Vegas-style showman isn't related to the composer of the opera version of Hänsel und Gretel. Dorsey, though, continues to use the better-sounding, unforgettable nom de guerre. Engelbert Humperdinck is nothing if not a euphonic singer in the same vein as Smokey Robinson and Jerry Vale. According to him, though, he is nota crooner. "What I am is a contemporary singer, a stylized performer," he once told the Hollywood (California) Reporter. Humperdinck then pointed out: "If you are not a crooner, it's something you don't want to be called. No crooner has the range I have. I can hit notes a bank couldn't cash." Apparently, the lovely ladies don't mind a little horn tooting. They'll flock to see him at Hard Rock Live on March 4 as they have throughout the world for almost 50 years.
Engelbert Humperdinck performs Sunday, March 4, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $50. Show starts at 7 p.m. Call 954-523-3309, or visit www.ticketmaster.com.