Thousands have gathered from near and far to celebrate world music and culture at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, happening this weekend at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.
Reggae music seems to go hand in hand with warm sunny weather, and the weather this year seems to be cooperating perfectly: it's warm enough to enjoy the myriad of cool and refreshing beverages offered, with a gentle breeze to take the edge off the heat.
The crowds seem to be a bit bigger this year, but there are so many areas for people to gather that it seems festive rather than overwhelming. With two stages offering simultaneous music, the drumming, dance and caporeira workshops, plus all the great shopping, and the eclectic mix of ethnic food offerings, it becomes almost difficult to choose which area to visit next.
Through the miracle of modern technology, I'm able to sit in the midst of Old-School Reggae Superstar Horace Andy's set and write about the experience. Backed by a smokin' hot band with Celebrity Horns blasting out the melodies, Andy is singing about remembering God in all things. As I look around at the gathering of beautiful and smiling faces, I realize that this and every moment is blessed. Thus is the message of positivity and upliftment which draws people to Reggae music in general and music festivals in particular.
We've been uploading photos and content regularly on the www.snwmf.com website, where more information abou the festival and the artists featured can be found.
There are single day tickets still available for Sunday's lineup of nonstop music, which includes sets by Ozomatli from Southern California, Anthony B from Jamaica, resident Brown, South African Star Vusi Mahlasela, Kora from New Zealand, Cuban Jesus Diaz Y Su QBA and Mendocino's own Mambo This!
There are several more drum and dance workshops scheduled for Sunday, and lots of fun equipment and games for the kiddies to play on. This is a kind and welcoming audience. The music provides a constant framework, setting the tone. As often quoted at these types of music festivals, "The message is in the music and the music is the message." Come on out to the fairgrounds and check it out for yourself. I guarantee you'll be met with smiles of joy.
Original Source: Ukiah Daily Journal