PXP Festival- Headline Acts and Pulsating Music Builds Cultural Bridges
A.C.E. Event Review
Its a relationship that just makes sense. No matter what the issues, these two always come back together. Maybe its because the natural synergy makes it very easy for the two to get along. The marriage of African and Caribbean music is simply a match made in heaven.
The 2nd Annual Passport Experience Festival presented by Jack Daniels , The Fader and Akon Lighting Africa was a musical treat for anyone who attended on Saturday August 13th at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. DJ Fully Focus and his dedicated team recognized that Afro-beat, Reggae and Soca complemented each other well, and sought a way to marry the musical genres. And so, the Passport Experience Festival was born.
The PXP Fest is built on the premise of ‘bridging cultures through music’ and for a two year old festival, they are well on the way to making this happen. This year’s star studded event included headline acts from throughout the diaspora including Akon , Shaggy , Rock City , Nyla , Olatunji , Tiwa Savage , Imani Ray, Mix Master David , DJ Kash , Shane Talon, Rich Homie Quan, Slim, Revolution Sound, Smash Kash, Shinski, Ecool, Maphorisa,Wurld, Korede Bello to list but a few acts that graced the stage. Not to mention the surprise pop up from internationally renowned star-Usher. The musical acts represented African nations, Caribbean nations, the United States and the Latin American community- a diverse trip around the world right there in Atlanta’s backyard.
To be fair, the price point at the door was a bit intimidating for some at $80, so a few ‘would be’ attendees decided to spectate from the fence. But, those who made it inside seemed to have an amazing time. There was a pulsating energy vibrating from the crowd that continued from sun-up to sun-down. Everyone was united around music and seemed to be communicating through dance. The glow festival that began as day turned into night was a visual treat. Combine that with the musical vibrations from the stage and most attendees could not help but think…this is a travel experience I will not hesitate to take next year. Get your passport ready for 2017-Its Going to be an Experience.
Were you there? Tell us what was was your experience like.
Photography by Bronson Blair of Prothro Productions
MISSION: To elevate the brand of Caribbean culture in the fields of MUSIC, BUSINESS and the ARTS by celebrating the work of cultural ambassadors while advocating for upcoming Caribbean talent1.