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Reggae artist Dezarie to sing about social justice at Foundry

Reggae music is exploding in popularity, and Nevada County is reaping the benefit with a succession of groups from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands performing at the Miners Foundry. A lot of this music also raises consciousness while it makes the body move.

Tuesday, diva Dezarie (pronounced DezÐa-ray), the hottest female reggae artist from St. Croix, will be singing cuts from her newest recording, “Gracious Mama Africa” – songs of pleas for social justice and condemnation of the shadow side of civilization. She received Atlanta’s “Best New Female Reggae Artist” award in 2001. Dezarie is backed by Midnite’s band and her special guest is Ikahba, who is distinguished by his cool, soothing vocals interspersed with some chanting in which he throws down lyrics fierce and hard.

This family-friendly event is sponsored by the nonprofit organization The Rites (Return Intention Towards Ecology Sustainability) Project, which works with businesses, communities and schools to shift toward a harmonious relationship with the natural world through research, education and action.



Tickets for $18 are available at BriarPatch, the Foggy Mountain Music Store and Love Shack Records. They are $22 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m. at 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Food – organic, all vegan, not processed – will be for sale. Call 613-729 or e-mail onenesspro ductions@yahoo.com for more information.

Reggae music came out of Jamaica in the 1970s and originated from ska music. Roots reggae music is conscious, uplifting music that has a good dancing beat. Reggae basically started as a way for people to praise god musically in a celebratory, thankful manner.




St. Croix reggae is similar to Jamaican reggae, but with a difference. Whereas some Jamaican reggae has received bad publicity of late due to bad behavior, St. Croix reggae shuns rude, distasteful lyrics, concentrating instead on positive uplifting messages.


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