BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – December 12th, 2015 – Naniki Music Festival is back on January 13th to 17th, 2016 with an eclectic line up in celebration of Barbados’ 50th year of Independence.

The festival, now in its fifth year, will welcome Grammy award winner Roberta Flack, UK reggae icon Aswad, as well as a talented array of the Caribbean’s best musicians and entertainers who will take the stage in a series of five shows.

“We are thrilled to be able to salute Barbados as it enters its 50th year as a sovereign nation,” said the show’s executive producer, Tom Hinds. “We are particularly happy to pay tribute to Dr. Irving Burgie, the lyricist of our National Anthem,” he added.

Burgie will be honoured by noted musician Stephan Walcott’s 1688 big band and dynamic singer Nikita Browne on the opening night at Holders on Jan 13th. The opening night is followed by a free concert on January 14th at the Frank Collymore Hall featuring Trinidadian steel pan virtuoso Rudy Smith Quartet and the Mylon Clarke Rhea Drakes Quintet.

” We started off focusing on jazz but made the decision to include other genres in 2015. Maxi Priest brought the house down at the last festival and we are looking forward to same energy from Aswad,” said Hinds of the reggae show slated for Holders on Friday Jan 15th.

“Special mention must also be made of the Nicholas Brancker Orchestra who will share the stage with Roberta Flack at Holders on Saturday January 16th. They will be joined by a melodic string section travelling in from Brazil,” Hinds explained. “You are in for a treat, this is definitely not one to be missed.”

Naniki Music Festival will close at its namesake, Naniki, with “Fusion in the Hills” headlined by the seasoned soca star Edwin Yearwood. Ras Isley will also make a rare appearance, along with Serenader in tribute to Trinidadian arranger Leston Paul responsible for classics like “Hot, Hot, Hot”, “Groove Master”, “Nani Wine”, “Paul Yoh Mother” and “Pan in A Minor”.

About Naniki Music Festival

The beauty of the free spirit is its ever changing nature.  Naniki is Amerindian for “free spirit”  and the Naniki Team has certainly exercised its freedom to change and evolve. Tom Hinds, Executive Producer of the festival, promises a festival jam-packed with musical talent that is worth every penny.  Naniki has rebranded itself as the Naniki  Music Festival and expanded its musical genres to include reggae and calypso artistes in the Festival package. Tickets are available on or at any TicketPal locations.