2002 Bob Marley Festival Tour
by Antoinette Beaudry
If you havent danced to reggae music, you havent
lived. The island rhythms and soothing melodies can cleanse your
For two days, July 6-7, the Sedona Cultural Park
becomes the worlds most gorgeous outside dance club, when more
than 15 of the worlds hottest reggae, dance-hall, and world-beat
artists converge among Sedonas red rocks, on the amphitheatre
stage at the Georgia Frontiere Performing Arts Pavilion.
The 2002 Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour: Rastaman
Vibrations, which features ethinic foods, crafts and arts vendors
from all over the world, is named after the Jamaican superstar
who died of cancer in 1981. The tour was started 12 years ago
and has traveled to more than 45 cities in the United States and
Headliners include Ben Hunter, Dee Dread and Zion
Nights, Higher Heights, Natty Love Joys, Ras Shaffai Seefari,
Inner Vision, Spoon Fed Tribe, Zema, Tony Q, and new Rastafara.
Acts come from California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, The Virgin
Islands, Indonesia and the Cayman Islands.
The culture of Rastafari is filled with wonderful
details and social practices, every bit of which restates the
underlying principles of true peace and harmony with all. Its
movement was born in Jamaica in 1930 when news of the crowning
of Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie), as King of Ethiopia, attracted
the attention of Jamaicans. Selassie was proclaimed to be Jah
because of his direct descendancy to King Menelik, the son of
King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and King David, and because
of his inherited title, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah,
whose coming was foretold in the Bible.
By 1934, a solid nucleus of Rastafari had been
established in Kingston, developing as a way of life with adherence
to basic life-principles and the expression of them through positive
means, along with heightened cultural awareness through language,
mode of dress, natural eating habits and seeking of a clear channel
away from confines of captivity.
Rastafarian dress places emphasis on individual
color and style. The colors red, gold and green play a significant
part in the Rastafarian doctrine. Red is for the blood shed by
the people, gold is for wealth granted to his people, and green
is for the Fertility of the Earth.
After the death of Bob Marley in 1981, celebrations
started around the world to honor his memory. Rastaman Vibration
is the positive energy that true believing Rastas project at all
times to Jahs people, Marley once said.
Tour founder Sirron Kyles said, I wanted the tour
to celebrate not only reggae and worldbeat music, but the other
things that were important to Bob Marley. This list includes cultural
and spiritual unity, world peace, natural foods and the environment.
The tours objective is to spread the positive
energy of the Rastas much-needed messages of peace and unity to
all nations and races, said Kyles.
With the support of Bob Marley Music, Inc. and
the Marley Familys Foundation, the Annual Bob Marley Festival
Tour is working to unite many celebrations under one umbrella.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
For tickets and information on this and other
performances at Sedona Cultural Park, call the Parks box office
at (928) 203-4TIX, or call the Parks hotline at (800) 594-TIXX,
or purchase tickets on-line (sedonaculturalpark.org).