Earth Day- San Diego’s World Beat Center
The World Beat Center is a unique piece of San Diego’s history. Founder Makeda Dread, brings an array of events and activities to San Diego at the center. She also maintains a beautiful garden at the center as well. Her office is covered in pictures of many reggae artists old and new along with certificates from heads of state showing the worlds appreciation to her dedication to building unity in diversity and educating the youth. Makeda agreed to sit down with RollinSD and tell us a little bit about what is going on at the World Beat for San Diegan’s. The children are very important for Makeda, they are the future and we have a responsibility to our future generations. Makeda told us Native Americans believe that we are in charge of effecting 7 generations into the future. With never-ending budget cuts taking music and art away children there are fewer outlets in the arts kids are able to use. Makeda keeps the music in our childrens minds with her youth music classes where she teaches singing and instruments. She also uses her garden as a teaching tool for the kids. The sustainable farming, process of growing from a seed, good nutrition, and cooking are usefull pieces of knowledge that sometimes are overlooked in our children’s culture. So much of what we eat is full of sugar; Makeda is looking to show kids the healthier food choices in a real world example with her garden. Makossa Radio airs Tuesday nights on 105.2 in San Diego. Makeda’s broadcast of spinning amazing reggae albums is always educational. I always hear something new and learn a lot about the artists she talks about. The center also offers yoga classes, dance, and djembe drumming classes.
The World Beat has a newer event on Friday and Saturday nights with their techno party’s. The nights feature heavy drum and bass, techno, dub step and trans-house music with lights and lots of people. The Friday night party is reserved for the 13 to 18 year old crowd and Saturday is 18 and up. That way Makeda provides a safe environment where kids of their own age can come together and have fun on the weekend. Many shows happen at the World Beat as well. A variety of genres of music make their way to the stage at World Beat.
This coming Sunday between 11am and 7pm the World Beat Center will be participating in the annual Balboa Park Earth Day celebration. The festival features art, vendors, music, food, and crafts. Jamelody, Fidel Nadal, The Scientist, Quinto Sol, and Shoreline Roots will all be playing to name a few of the bands. RollinSD will be there for interviews with some of the Bands and to check out the food and vendors. The Earth Day observance reminds of our responsibility to our Earth as it not exactly replaceable.
Earth Day is not the only event this weekend. Saturday the 16th will kick off the Tribal Seeds Spring Harvest Nationwide Tour featuring Through the Root and Divine Crime. RollinSD will be there for interviews as the San Diego bands start their nationwide tour. There show is quickly selling out so get your tickets soon. The show is at the Wavehouse is Mission Beach and will be an irie time. ~Tom Searcy