We see Malta being a sort of mini-Jamaica in the Mediterranean, making it the natural place for a reggae festival, which we’re hoping to grow over the years and welcome bigger artists and more people from around the world. -Miguel Cachia, Festival Organizer
As Jamaica celebrates the birth of Reggae and its global influence during the month of February, news coming out of the island of Malta, a beautiful country located in the Mediterranean is that the country will be the location of the first ever Reggae festival – dubbed “One Drop” for the island.
In a press release by the event’s organizers, Malta’s love for reggae was strongly demonstrated. The culture of the island is one where with the chillaxed nature of reggae music goes hand in hand with a beer – or something else – by the beach on a summer’s night. The release also noted that most venues around the island plays only reggae music because that is what the patrons usually come for.
The organizers hope that the One Drop Festival will give people of all races, colours and creeds the chance to skank out to some of the best reggae music this island has ever heard. The festival will see the mixing of everything from roots to dub to ska.
The Zion club in Marsascala will be transformed into a reggae epicentre from the 4th – 6th May.
We’ve been dreaming about this project for some years now but always kept it on the shelf, and whilst having a chat last year we reckoned that it was the right time to go for it. I can say it’s going to be a Caribbean & Jamaican feast with music spanning across most sub-genres of reggae, with awesome foreign acts and the best locals, a top notch sound system, Jamaican kitchen, Caribbean Rum bar, market area and above all, we hope, loads of happy smiley people. -Miguel Cachia