Marley Movement

Our guide to the 15th Annual Caribbean Festival

Gentleman

Joseph Israel likes the Robinson Crusoe look.
Joseph Israel likes the Robinson Crusoe look.
The soldier in Ky-Mani Marley is always on guard.
The soldier in Ky-Mani Marley is always on guard.

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The 15th Annual Caribbean Festival, presented by Bob Marley Movement and 103.5 the Beat, takes place Saturday, March 1, at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Gates open at 1 p.m., and admission is $40 plus four cans of food. Visit www.bobmarleymovement.com.

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It's not easy for white guys to gain respect in the world of dancehall. A few have managed to pull it off, like David Rodigan and Collie Buddz, but nobody has managed to capture the adoration of both genders the way reggae crooner Gentleman has over the past ten years. With a soft voice, solid looks, and a style more akin to the lover's rock of the Beres Hammond variety than anything else, Gentleman has long been surprising audiences with a wholesome outsider appeal that's hard to grasp yet easy to fall in love with. A part of his mystique is that Gentleman was born and raised in Germany — a country that's just starting to catch on to reggae and produce its own scene of underground talent. It's not a hot spot for the genre by any means, but Gentleman is the biggest reggae act in not just Deutschland but in Europe as a whole. American audiences may not know his hits like "Jah Jah Never Fail" and "Superior," but when he touches the stage, there's a good chance folks are going to be singing every word.

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