2000 - Berkeley, CA
By Tyrone Ingram
Saturday afternoon August 12th. was certainly a great music and fun filled day of reggae and worldbeat at The SEEN Music Series ' 5th annual summer festival, SEEN 2000 people's park. Mailing address and imformation below. please visit our site and sign our guestbook Fox Ingram Productions - The SEEN Music Series once again put on a very successful show.
Concert Promoter Tyrone Ingram, along with Walter Fox III (the series co-founder(s), said that because of the growth of SEEN we are considering an even larger venue next year, perhaps in Oakland California with Woodminster Amphitheater or Mosswood park (where the series' first show was held) as options.
The SEEN Music Series( SEEN ) debuted with it's first show in 1996 at Mosswood Park in Oakland, California and was later moved to People's Park, Berkeley in 1997 where an attendance of approx. 150 persons attending during the course of the day and approx. 25 pounds food & non-perisables were raised.
Over the weekend however, close to 400 pounds of food & clothing were raised at this annual 4 hour event attendence was also up, with about 1100 "festival goers" in the park at one time and perhaps close to 2000 during the course of the day........a SEEN attendence record! Not bad for a show that last only four hours.
Mr. Ingram and Mr. Fox has been independently funding and producing the event with no city funding or major commercial sponsorship, using their own money, and is hoping the city of Oakland will not only host next year's SEEN 2001 festival , but aid in the funding of this annual reggae worldbeat music series event that has been aiding persons and organizations that help impoverished & displaced families, the homeless, persons with chronic health problems and victims of spousal abuse. Square Meals Inc. of Berkeley, Harbor House of Oakland, The East Oakland Switchboard, Hamilton House of Berkeley and The Oakland Homeless Project are just a few of the people service programs that have benefitted from the music series
"We are looking forward to incorperating more job opportunities and medical health resources into the midst of the music series program, foods, beverage, arts & crafts vending is also the direction that we would like to go, giving local small businesses the chance to vend at a major outdoor music event......an oakland site would assure us a 4000 plus or more attendence next year!"
Saturday's line up consisted of some of the best up-and- coming and emerging reggae bands and artist in the San Francisco bay area; With sacred journey (maybe the hottest reggae band in the Bay Area) was joined on stage by local reggae singers Oonka Symeon, Sly Fox and Geo had the crowd up and dancing with a medley of really good sounding reggae, like Sacred Journey, these guys are going somewhere fast.
Opening the show was san Francisco's flaming hot reggae group Red Di, who rocked the crowd at People's Park to the delight of everyone there and is certainly on the way to bigger and even greater things. Roots Mama Kwama the rootsy & soulful songstress from Nigeria who is just returning to the oakland area from a recent tour in japan joined Red Di on stage and wowwed the crowd. Red Di and Roots Mama Kwama has recently release cds. Oakland keyboardist Drusel White who has played with the likes of B.B King, The CHI-lites and Tyrone Davis left the crowds mouths agaped in awe of this talented gentleman's ability at the keys. "I have'nt seen someone play the keyboard that good in a longtime" Said Ibi Judah of Jah light Music who was emceeing his fourth SEEN Festival.
Joan Savory host of Carajama and Soulbeat TV ch.27's "Island Beat" did a great job as guest Emcee next on came East Oakland's reggae hip hop artist; Sweet Chocolate who gave away t-shirts and CD's to the crowd of youngsters at the stage , is celebrating her recent cd release " No foolish mon!" As is san Francisco's singer/rapper Pam Pam who is actively involved in many of the equal justice programs around the bay area and often performs live at INS and Women's Rights Rallies got rave reviews over her single; "My Reality" which starting to get a lot of air-play in the area (KPOO, KPFA and Liberation Radio Berkeley 104.1 also appearing at SEEN 2000 FESTIVAL: West Oakland's keyboardist PROMISE who is also promoting a recent release the SEEN Music Series is here to stay!"