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Jul 31, 2009

Concert in memory of Lucky Dube, Michael Jackson

Story PictureReggae lovers will know that in August renowned reggae legend, Lucky Dube, celebrates his birthday. And right in line with that will be the third in a series of live concert recordings by promoter, Joel “Dara” Robinson. Robinson says the event this Sunday will be a family function that will promote peace and denounce crime and violence. And while the show is in memory of Lucky Dube, Robinson says the death one month ago of another legendary peace promoter, Michael Jackson, has prompted him to also pay tribute to the megastar. But while Robinson is keeping these entertainers and their music alive, he is also using the event to address another real life issue, poverty. He explains what will take place on Sunday.

Joel “Dara” Robinson, Promoter
“Dah di legend earth day, we talking about South Africa, King of Reggae, Lucky Dube, yoh noh. So on Sunday, second of August we wah pay tribute fi di third time to di great Lucky Dube, yoh noh? And dis event include live DVD performance of Lucky Dube pan di big screen. Right now di vibes deh deh cause soh di years di goh afta deh kill di bredda di people dehn more into di music. But I also have a next legend weh we just lost di other day. Ih noh might sing reggae music but di music weh he mek is powerful as Reggae. Ih bring people together, ih preach love and peace and most of all di bredda deal with kids and fight fi di rights ah people. We di talk about Michael Jackson soh from six to eight we wah pay tribute to Michael Jackson; two hours. How we wah do it, I have wah special female selector weh wah play di music through di system, I myself wah use di big screen and yoh wah see so much performance and so much thing wid Michael Jackson. Di whole event dah wah community event, wah family event. I like bring people together, ih noh matter yoh colour, race, breed and thing, just bring people together under one thing wid peace, love and unity. Fi February I had a food drive weh I ask people fi bring out canned food. Most people seh Dara, we neva hear much bout it so I add it to di ad, I add it to di flyers and I di beg and ask people fi if yoh want be wah part ah di show, just pass through and drop off wah canned food. I, myself, wah mek di media follow me and mek I show dehn how I deliver it. I noh di do it fi no vote, I just do it because dat dah me and I always want help.”

The big screen presentation takes place this Sunday, beginning at four in the evening at the M.C.C. tennis court. Robinson says he is inviting the media to witness the food distribution. Entrance to the event is five dollars. T-shirts and DVD’s will also be on sale at the event.

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