Explosion of roots reggae lands in South Florida!!
– review of the show at La Covacha (Miami).
Landing in a hotbed of Latin flair, Miami seemed destined to land the Miami Reggae Festival, which acts as a bridge between Latin culture and reggae music. However, the festival’s main cause is to awareness in an effort to bring an end to extreme poverty. It fuses music, food, arts and culture from around the world.
First up for myself was The Medicine Box. The band is well known for their powerful lyrics of healing, love and consciousness. Cultural backgrounds include a percussion and drum section of Cuban heritage comprising Oba Frank Lords and Eddy De La Cruz, Brazilian bassist Brik Vieira, Colombian guitarist/vocalist Chris Orange along with Venezuelan
Next, was one of my new favorite artists, Ojo de Buey who formed in 2007 as a project of friends. From the beginning, playing live was the reason for the band. The name comes from the seed known in Costa Rica as ‘Ojo de Buey’ familiar in our childhood, which has a very unique shape and is a symbol of good luck. Using the root reggae, fusion is an important component of the essence of the group. Afro-Caribbean, Latin elements, tinged rock’n’roll and a positive message in his lyrics, give a fresh air to his compositions …
Lastly we saw Jahfe, who derives of Haitian and Jamaican. Playing to a very Hispanic crowd, they were the only English-speaking band of the entire night. An international powerhouse pop-roots-rock-reggae band whose rising popularity and following is due to their take charge attitude and uncompromising conscious message. Representing the power of the youth and the wisdom of roots culture, the music of Jahfe not only reflects diversity but the true ability of conscious music to connect to people of all backgrounds. Now in their musical prime, Jahfe specializes in a hard-driving, dubbed-up hybrid of Rock and Reggae.