This year, the festival coincides with the release of Bob Marley's album of the same name, Kaya, 40 years ago. The Kaya album is a roots reggae record which topped charts in the UK after its release in 1978. The album had a more harmonious and peaceful melodic vibe with a theme of love and marijuana. It wasn't as politically charged as his previous album, Exodus. The title of the album also lends to Marley's state of mind at the time, Kaya, which is Jamaican street-slang for "pot."
This years line up at the Kaya Fest in So-Cal is packed with reggae influenced artists from Lauren Hill, Action Bronson, Chronixx, the Marley family and more. The bothers Stephen, Damian, Ziggy, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley will take the stage together for the first time in 10 years. Uniting family, fans, music and culture.
*Featured Photo is a portrait of Bob Marley by Dennis Morris in 1976 via @thekayafest on Instagram.