On April 25th 2009 the 21st anniversary of Western Consciousness near Savanna-la mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica begins a new chapter in its long running history of providing conscious entertainment. This years’ Western Consciousness will be held at a new venue in the more suitable and spacious setting of Paradise Park outside of Sav-la-mar.
The old venue, the Llandilo Cultural Centre, was closer to housing development, which led to many noise complaints. The new site for this one day event is located in a more rural area which should allow for the show to continue without creating sound abatement issues which cut last year’s headlining performer, Buju Banton’s set early due to the newly enacted sound abatement laws.
In an interview with the Jamaican Gleaner, the veteran promoter Worrell King stated, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Paradise Park presents quite a lovely setting, because it is almost in the middle of nowhere, so we won’t be disturbing anybody,” said King. “Apart from the lush, green surroundings, it is also in proximity to one of the popular rivers.”
With the new site, this long lasting annual show once again puts together a concert that showcases some of the best talent in conscious reggae music. Slated to perform are King Shango (Capleton), Ras Moses (Bennie Man) Jah Cure, Luciano, Half Pint, Natural Black, Terry Linen, Lil’ Hero, Kenyatta Hill, Lust, I-Octane, Romain Virgo, Konshens, Johnny Clarke, Leroy Gibbon, Errol Dunkley, Admiral Tibet, Empress Robertha and many more.
Highlights from last year include Edi Fitzroy, Brigadier Jerry, Michael Rose, Bushman, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Lutan Fyah, Anthony B, Buju Banton, and Beenie Man. This year with the new setting, memories will yet again be made as artists who represent truth and rights, and upliftment through positive roots music take to the stage. The theme of Western Consciousness is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Good Over EvilÃ¢â‚¬Â which at this time couldn’t be a more important message to send to the World.
Once again Big Up Radio will be in attendance to cover the event, to share in the good vibes, and to join in the collective meditation of Rastafari teachings. Leave the slackness, the vulgarity and lewdness behind. Rejoice in the goodness that manifest through this blessed occasion known as the first concert to highlight conscious reggae music.
Big Up Radio staff writer