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Rockaz MVMT’s 2011 Miami Reggae Festival Surpasses Expectations Raising Over 2.6 Tons Of Food

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ROCKAZ MVMT brought together a diverse crowd of over 8,000 music aficionados who packed Peacock Park for the inaugural Miami Reggae Festival on April 30th. The daylong free event was a successful celebration of Peace, Love and Unity. Not only did it draw rave reviews from the thousands of attendants, sponsors and media alike but it successfully launched their national campaign: ROCKAZ MVMT:FEEDS – eradicating food insecurity. This first-rate concert motivated people to help feed the hungry and raised much needed funding for Curley’s House, a local food bank and life-line to those who are experiencing food deprivation in Miami.

“I am ecstatic over the success of the Miami Reggae Festival! I feel really good not only about the stellar concert we presented but also the outpouring of charity that South Florida demonstrated. This spirit of giving is a reflection of the positive message reggae music sends to its audience,” said concert producer Alfonso D’Niscio Brooks.

The Miami Reggae Festival’s purpose was to shine a light on the plight of hunger in our community through donations of canned goods and money. Concert goers’ did not disappoint and ROCKAZ MVMT surpassed all expectations, shattering the goal organizers had set, collecting a grand total of 2.5 tons of food donations that filled a 26-foot truck to the brim and raising over $5,000.  The Rockaz MVMT message to those in attendance was simple: the face of those who are food deprived is not bound by color or creed but by economics. The organization believes in helping others by bringing people together to help through the positives messages that reggae music provides.

The musicians who took part in this charity concert believe in the ROCKAZ MVMT mantra: “We are history. This is our legacy… We are an infinite movement of people.”

Morgan Heritage, Cultura Profetica, Spam All Stars, Jahfe, Ephniko, Kulcha Shok, Sekajipo Genes, SoulFlower, Trek6, Reingier Gamboa, Remix, Andrewa, JahStream, Done One Musical Showcase, DJ Rage NRG & Lee Brown and MR RJ, A Lady Name Pearl, Oh Ginelle all represented a collective consciousness of cultural awareness and charity.

Local band Spam All Stars set the tone early on in the day with their Afro-Cuban, Latin funk, soul, jazz and island rhythms. Later in the early evening Jahfe wowed the thousands on their blankets as reggae sounds filled air. The diverse crowd only grew in numbers as headliners took to the stage. Cultura Profetica kept the crowd on their feet during their entire performance with favorites “Un deso,” “Illegal,” “Baja la tension” and “Ritmos pa seducer.” People of all races, ethnicities and beliefs were left hungry for more and Morgan Heritage happy to satisfy the eclectic crowd. They closed the daylong event of good vibrations preforming hits such as “Don’t haffi dread,” “Down by the river” and “She’s still loving me.”

This was a day that celebrated life and simultaneously helped the less fortunate. The delicious aroma of Jerk Chicken, Curry Shrimp, Steam Snapper, Beef Patties and Oxtails filled the air, while revelers enjoyed the positive family fun filled day of the music and art. ROCKAZ MVMT hopes to see all those who attended the Miami Reggae Festival at the 2nd annual Bayside Rocks concert set for November 19, 2011 to continue their message of peace, love and unity.

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