Moonsplash – A Yearly Celebration of Reggae on Anguilla

The Moonsplash Music Festival, Anguilla’s preeminent musical celebration, is hosted each year under the March full moon by the island’s reggae legend and event founder, Bankie Banx, at his ultra-funky Dune Preserve beach bar. Dune Preserve is located on the beautiful shores of Rendezvous Bay. More than a 4-day beach party, Moonsplash began as a musical outlet for Bankie Banx and has emerged as a showcase for emerging regional talent and a musical reunion for some of reggae’s finest. Typically a mix of reggae, funk, folk and jazz,

Bankie Banx is Anguilla’s coolest reggae star and the organizer of the island’s biggest and wildest music festival. It’s a can’t miss. Unfortunately I will be missing it.

For over 20 years musicians such as Steel Pulse, Bunny Wailer and Tarrus Riley have rocked Anguilla at this annual weekend festival, held at Banx’s exclusive beach bar.  Two nights of concerts are followed by a tremendous beach party, the kind that only the Caribbean can lay claim to.

This year’s party (2011) happens on March 17th to March 20th. If you want to go I suggest making arrangements quickly.

Bankie Banx

Bankie Banx

If you are unfamiliar with Bankie Banx here is his story. Cash in on Bankie Banx. This Bankie Banx post was one of the first things I wrote about on RumShopRyan back in 2009. I love his music. He tells great stories with this music and it is sure to make you feel like you already have your toes in the beautiful sands of Anguilla.

If you would like to check out Bankie’s music, here are some albums that I think you will most enjoy as you kick back with a cold boat drink in your hand.

Still In Paradise – Bankie Banx

Chariots of Steel – Bankie Banx

Island Boy – Bankie Banx

Roots & Herbs – Bankie Banx and The Roots & Herbs

Let me know if you’ve ever been to Moonsplash and what you thought.
Cheers,
RumShopRyan

Comments

  1. Moonsplash is just one of the many events that take place on Anguilla this time of the year.

    Fresh off of his appearance on ABC’s The Bachelor, Bankie Banx has announced the lineup for Moonsplash 2011. Bankie Banx will welcome Black Uhuru, Alaine, Orange Grove, Tahirah Banks, Ruffy, DJ Jazzy Jay, along with Moonsplash Allstars Cat Coore, Benjy Myaz and Junior Jazz. This year’s festival will run from Thursday March 17 through Sunday March 20.

    The 21st Moonsplash returns premier sponsors LIME, Caribbean Liquors and Tobaccos, the Anguilla Tourist Board and CuisinArt Resort and Spa. Bankie also welcomes Cap Juluca, Viceroy Anguilla and Sheriva as hotel sponsors.

    Black Uhuru – led by Derrick “Duckie” Simpson – mark their second appearance on the Moonsplash stage. While reggae siren Alaine makes her first appearance on Anguilla. Alaine may be best known for her breakout hit “We Rise (In Love)” but will look to impress and entertain the Moonsplash audience with a full compliment of hits. One of the region’s best emerging reggae bands – Orange Grove – will also appear at Moonsplash for the first time. Orange Grove is based in Holland and comprises members from the Dutch Antilles including St. Maarten, Curacao, Aruba and Surinam. Tahirah Banks will perform on Anguilla for the first time with her Houston, Texas-based band. Tahirah’s single “Exes” from her upcoming album has been receiving increasing radio play in the U.S. St. Maarten’s own Ruffy and Antigua’s DJ Jazzy Jay will also grace the Moonsplash stage.

    Moonsplash would not be Moonsplash without regulars and Moonsplash Allstars Cat Coore, Benjy Myaz and Junior Jazz. The accomplished artists and icons, in their own right, will join Bankie Banx to mark the Eastern Caribbean’s premier reggae and world music festival. Moonsplash 2011 will kickoff with a day of fun on the beach on Thursday March 17, and the official kickoff party will be held at the Dune Preserve beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night. Daytime activities continue on the beach on Friday with live bands and games. Friday night’s performances – International Nite – will feature performances by The Moonsplash Allstars, Alaine, Tahirah Banks and Ruffy.

    Daytime activities continue on Saturday with more live bands, games, and even more prizes; and the night’s performances – Legend’s Nite – will feature Black Uhuru, Bankie Banx and Orange Grove. DJ Jazzy Jay will be the DJ for the weekend’s events.

    Moonsplash ends on Sunday with the annual Grand Beach party.

    Tickets will go on sale locally on March 3 and will be available locally at the Dune Preserve and LIME with other ticketing locations to be announced around the island. Tickets for each night’s events are $40 U.S. each or $75 for season passes. For more information please visit http://www.bankiebanx.net or join the conversation by searching Bankie Banx on Facebook.

  2. Thanks for all the MoonSplash information. I’d really like to make it next year!

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