November 02, 2011
A cornucopia of music will provide a feast of multicultural delights as world beat music takes center stage at the Bayside Rocks Music&Arts Festival on Saturday, November 19, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. A melodic smorgasbord featuring a musical genre for every taste including Reggae, Latin American, Kompa, Caribbean, rock'n roll, and more, will highlight this year's concert.In addition to a special tribute to the life of Robert Nesta'Bob'Marley and 50 years of Wailers music, this year's Bayside Rocks will feature world music headliners Bunny Wailer and The Original Wailers. Also hitting the stage will be a unique group of artists whose musical brilliance is eclipsed only by their messages of love and hope.
"I carefully selected this lineup because every artist has devoted their life to spreading a message that is consistent with my purpose,"said ROCKAZ MVMT president and CEO Alfonso D'Niscio Brooks."We are all striving to change the world for the better by empowering people to make a positive difference through the universal language of music."
According to artist Warrior King, "As a Rastafarian you just don't sing music, you sing music with a purpose and a mission. To the four corners of the earth I carry my music, and the message of love, to all people of all races."
Cultura Profetica is a Puerto Rican Reggae band with lyrics that center mostly on socio-political and ecological issues. Pato Banton often invites his fans to join him in a prayer circle after the show and is committed to helping people"stay positive and never giving in".
Connis Vanterpool is a brilliantly talented musician who has worked with scores of international artists but is most proud of his involvement with the volunteer work he has done in the community, providing free music workshops at various elementary and secondary schools.
"We want people to dance and forget their sorrows,"said Tabou Combo's vocalist and main songwriter, Fanfan. And while there is no doubt that Tabou's music is made for dancing, it also features lyrics that focus on social issues of the day.
Gondwana, from Chile, has been spreading the word of Jah Love, standing tall and strong in a peace-loving position of musical and lyrical creation. According to artist Luciano,"We are all children of the most high God and I just want my family and my fans to receive the blessings that God has given."
"Apart from the musical aspect of what we are doing, we see it as a very spiritual thing,"said the Wailing Souls'Lloyd"Bread"McDonald."Whenever you start singing, everyone comes together. The bad guys come together, the good guys come together--everybody comes together ... the rich people[and]poor people are like one. The message what we a try to preach is love and unity."
D'Niscio Brooks said their ultimate goal is to uplift the spirit and inspire people of every ilk to give of themselves to help make the world a better place in which to live.
"We're accomplishing this task by spreading art, culture and music while raising money to end poverty, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless."
This year's concert will include a food drive benefiting Curley's House(www.curleyshouseinc.com)an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals, families, the elderly, youth-at-risk, the abused, and HIV/AIDS infected individuals by providing the nutrition they need. Guests will be asked to contribute two or more cans of food as part of the cost of admission.
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