Rockaway R.E.D: For the Love of Music
February holds the distinction of being the shortest month of the year, even at its most capricious during leap year.
However, what February lacks in days it surely reclaims in audaciousness heart! February is jam-packed with renown, whether it is the celebration of the lives of our black stalwarts at home and abroad, the month we keep pace and raise awareness for our heart health, or the month in which we pay special homage to the legendary Bob Marley’s in the celebration of his earthday. “Could this be love?” he sang, and we well know, February is the month of LOVE and freedom to move about in that love (for some who need an invitation) as observed in the worldwide celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Enter Rockaway R.E.D. “For the Love of Music”: A ‘movement’ with a purpose, poised to touch the hearts of a Federation (St. Kitts & Nevis) on 14th February 2012 according to its unabashed organizer and promoter Dr. Garfield Alexander.
“The acronym R.E.D. represents:
Rewinding the musical clocks to the decade of the 80’s when we used to Rockaway,
Elevating the quality of entertainment within the Federation and,
Dancing like you use to back in the days without fear or inhibition.”
Rewinding, Elevating and Dancing is an interesting enough cocktail, but the lure of quality entertainment or entertainment with a difference, still begged the question of specifics regarding line-up:
Rockaway R.E.D. begins with the Spoken Word as some of our most talented rhyming lyricists entertain us with the love in their gift and art! After which we will:
REWIND TO THE DAYS OF “BOYZ TO MEN” with soothing and melodious voices of the all male vocal group RANGE, who will serenade you with a few emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies.
ELEVATE THE NIGHT’S EXCITEMENT with a live band on the musical train of the versatile ROYALTIES BAND with the All-Star entourage comprising of Mick Stokes, Mimi Armstrong, Charles Miller and Rolhensha.
DANCE TO THE HITS OF THE PAST as DJ Ronnie Rascal indulges your musical moods with music from Pop artists such as Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Prince, Madonna, and Queen. The next wave will breakaway to the architects of Soca: Lord Kitchener, Super Blue, Lord Nelson, Arrow, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Crazy, Becket, and more…
This is the second rebellion of the Rockaway Movement. The first with the success of Rockaway 2011 where on the 26th of December 2011, “generations of grandparents, mothers, fathers and youth at home and abroad met like family and rocked the night away to “Old School Music” and stand-out performances.”
“It was more than just a party or event, it signaled a landmark paradigm shift in the way entertainment was viewed in St.Kitts-Nevis!” Alexander reminisced.
Rockaway R.E.D. desires to set the tone in 2012. Attendees are definitely invited to come out and celebrate Valentine’s Day and love for their significant other– if they so choose; but more importantly the event will be host to a celebration of a collective, cross cultural lovefest for 80’s Music and Culture.
“We stand firmly on our belief in this generation of Kittitian and Nevisians as well as other Caribbean nationals who remember the days when they used to ROCKAWAY without fear, in a collective energy and spirit of LOVE,” said Alexander. “From the location, to the lineup, to our hosts and extending to our choice sponsors, nothing has been left to chance!”
It would seem that the “Good Times Have Returned” and Rockaway as brand, as movement, as motivation is determined once again to bring back ‘those days’ and continue to usher in that new era of quality entertainment in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis.
Whatever your plans for Valentine’s Day, it is always a good plan, as Bob Marley urges to ‘forget your troubles and dance…’
If you are so blessed to be in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis for V-Day, Save the Date and join the Rockaway R.E.D rebellion at 8p.m., Cloud 9 VIP Hall (Port Zante) and stay linked to Rockaway Revolution (here) for ticket locations, current updates and future events.
Photo credits: © G.Vision Photography 201
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