As Austin’s Reggae Festival kicks off it’s three-day music celebration today, attendees on Saturday can expect to check out the fest’s first Spanish-language headliner.

Alika first made waves in Argentina with her hardcore rap duo, Actitud María Marta. While she still incorporates hip hop into her sound, she gained international recognition after adopting Rastafarianism and making reggae music. Now, Reggae Festival organizers now describe her as "the hottest South American artist that has anything to do with reggae."

Angela Tharp, who books the Reggae Festival, told Austin 360 writer Deborah Sengupta Stith that the fest wanted to showcase a female artist. "I think she’ll bring a nice Latin kind of appeal as well," Tharp told Austin360. Check out  Sengupta Stith’s full story here.

Alika will play Reggae Festival’s main stage at 8:45 p.m. April 18.

Austin Reggae Fest

When: Gates at 3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Auditorium Shores, 800 W Riverside Drive.

Cost: $15 advance daily, $40 advance for a three-day pass. Children 12 and younger are free with a ticketed adult.


Watch a video of Alika:

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