Jamaica Jives with Duluth

Posted at: 07/20/2013 5:04 PM | Updated at: 07/20/2013 10:36 PM
By: EMILY HAAVIK
ehaavik@wdio.com

The sounds of Jamaica filled Bayfront for the Annual Reggae Festival Saturday.

The day's lineup featured mostly performers from Jamaica, as well as acts from Tanzania, Chile, and as close as the Twin Cities. Headlining was Jamaican artist Richie Spice.

Spice performs internationally and has been credited with leading the resurgence in roots reggae music in the new millenium.

Ibssa Yabessa and Daniel Woyesa are regular festivalgoers visiting from Minneapolis. Both are originally from Ethiopia.

"I've been listening to reggae since I was 11 years old, since I came to the United States," Yabessa said. "Something about the music keeps me going, you know?"

Woyesa has been going to the Bayfront Reggae Fest for five years.

"A lot of Ethiopians come here and enjoy, plus a lot of Rastafarian people come here from Jamaica, everywhere in Africa... plus a lot of people from Minneapolis," Woyesa said. "Reggae's rooted deep inside Duluth."

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