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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ragga Muffins Flock To Long Beach For Reggae Festival

Report by Samuel Ortega Jr., journalism student at Long Beach City College
Photos by LBCC student Christian Millan

10:00am | The 29th annual Ragga Muffins Festival, formally known as the Bob Marley Festival, returned on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 to celebrate the birthday month of the musician.

The musical celebration is an anticipated event for fans and spectators of the reggae culture. Music artist Alborosie performed for the first time in southern California. Acts such as Barrington Levy, Don Carlos, Shaggy, and Gregory Isaacs were among the 24 artists that performed during the two-day festival.

The festival attracted groups of all ages. Behind the Long Beach Arena, a food court was set up for vendors. Once stepping inside, the smell of smoky grilled chicken dominated the food court. Authentic Jamaican cuisine and other foods were offered for sale.

Merchandise vendors were also present at the event selling Jamaican influenced products. The three colors of the Rasta flag – red, green, and yellow – were lively displayed throughout the room.

The event will return in February 2011 to host its 30th annual festival. Any further information may be attained at the festival’s website,



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