Crossroads of reggae: Caribbean bands play Flatbush Junction

Crossroads of reggae: Caribbean bands play Flatbush Junction
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

These musicians are putting down roots.

A group of Caribbean roots musicians will take the stage at Flatbush Junction this weekend for the second of two celebrations of local talent. “Roots at the Junction,” happening on Aug. 4, is a badly needed showcase for the many talented artists in the neighborhood, said one of the performers at its kick-off event on July 28.

“It was awesome, and whoever came up with this idea is great because there are so many artists in Flatbush,” said Flatbush dancehall singer Eddy Snypha. “There’s so much talent here and some of the artists are just looking for a breakthrough and someone to recognize that.”

The two-weekend, outdoor was created by the Flatbush Junction business improvement district to highlight local artists, and to bring attention to local businesses in the area known as Little Caribbean, said the group’s executive director.

“We are basically highlighting the Caribbean influence in the Flatbush Junction area because we have a strong list of businesses that are owned by people of Caribbean descent, and it is a corridor that is well-traveled and supported by Caribbean populations,” said Kenneth Mbonu. “It is a great event to come and listen to different genres of music and reggae, and where people can support restaurants that serve authentic Caribbean food, and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”

Crown Heights reggae musician Ras Droppa, who performed at the July 28 show and at a previous iteration of the festival in 2017, said that the event is a welcome addition to the community.

“The sound and music was good, and everybody was having a good time,” he said. “I think it’s a great thing for the community because it brings everyone together. This is a good opportunity for upcoming artists to showcase their talents, and roots reggae is very positive music.”

On Aug. 4, five more artists will take the Flatbush Junction stage, including City, Della$ie, Big Skipp, Siphus Steele, and Quindell Davis.

“Roots at the Junction” [Glenwood Road between Flatbush and Nostrand avenues in Flatbush, (718) 951–1449, www.exploreflatbusuh.com]. Aug. 4, 4–8 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.
Root to roots: Roots reggae musician Jerry Reuben performed at last week’s “Roots at the Junction” block party.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini