Miami ~ May 8, 2016
‘SUN IS SHINING, THE WEATHER IS SWEET, MAKE YOU WANT TO MOVE YOUR DANCING FEET”
It was a perfect Miami evening, a cool breeze gently blowing. Who would think a venue like Wynwood Yard would exist in the midst of downtown Miami. ‘The Get Together’, hosted by The House of Marley, Jason Panton & Lance O & the Kulcha Shok Krew have created a rootsy haven for reggae music lovers to feel at home. Its a family event, and all ages enjoyed themselves rockin’ to the reggae beat.
The evening commenced with Sheldon ‘the Don’ Shepherd, entertaining the audience with his own brand of Dub Poetry from his new book ‘In the Morning Yah.’ His animated persona and liveliness started a taste of what was yet to come.
Army Gideon, with the ever so talented lead singer, guitarist, violinist, as well as other instruments, Anbesa Tafari, gave a stellar performance. It was the best I have ever seen Army Gideon perform. In addition to their original tunes, they performed some classics, and the audience sang along.
Ky-Mani Marley and his Konfrontation Band sizzled. The fans seemed to know all the lyrics to his tunes from new album ‘Maestro’, and weren’t afraid to sing along. The Marley legacy consisting of JoMersa Marley, Skip Marley, and Ky-Mani’s son Kaston (KJ) and his younger brother, joined Ky-Mani onstage. The Marley family featured each grandson and closed out Ky-Mani’s set with ‘One Love,’ as the audience joined in.
The anticipated moment arrived. Chronixx started his set with a prayer praising Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Chronixx band, Zincfence Redemption, consists of some musical legacies of its own. Stephen Coore, son of ‘Cat’ Coore’, Joshua ‘Flubz’ Jones, and Nnamdi Robinson are all sons of famous musicians.
Chronixx just keeps getting better and better. His set is tight,and his energy seems never ending. They recently performed at Coachella, a great honor. Tunes from the new mixtape ‘Roots & Chalice were part of his set, and they are embarking on a worldwide tour of the same name.
This was one of the best concerts Miami has witnessed in awhile.
Check out Wynwood Yard’s schedule, lots going on there. Kulcha Shok Muzik’s Reggae Sundays are not to be missed. See you there!
Story and Pictures By Gail Zucker