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Stephen Marley in Pinecrest

Stephen Marley in Pinecrest

Stephen Marley in Pinecrest

By on - Photos by Gail Zucker - Comment

Stephen Marley up close and personal in Florida.

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The Community Garden Charitable Fund’s Six Annual ‘Soiree in the Garden’ was held on February 24, 2012 inside the Banyan Bowl Ampitheater at the lavish Pinecrest Gardens.

Grammy winner Stephen Marley, along with his all star band performed an acoustic set with Stephen alternating between chanting on a nyabinghi drum and playing guitar. Squidly Cole, aka ‘the singing drummer’ played a bass drum. He is also a solo artist in his own right, with his latest album ‘Bloodlines’ and previous release ‘Babylon Days’; the humble and talented Christopher Meredith on bass and Ronroy Gordon and Bagga Trak on guitars, and  Denver on congo.

Most of the evening the band members were seated and a spiritual presence was omnipresent. The ampitheater vibe and the raw creativity of the acoustic environment made this concert one of the most intimate and universal concerts I have ever experienced.

When Stephen sang The Chapel, I felt goose bumps. The drums played by Stephen, Squidly and Denver gave the performance a Nyabinghi vibe, as if Bob was smiling in awe of his legacy’s talent.

Cedella Marley joined Stephen onstage and it was heartwarming to see her sing a few duets with her younger brother.

Stephen Marley was in jovial spirits the evening, as many long time friends and relatives supported the event. Pinecrest is the area  where most of the family that live in Miami reside, and it appeared he was pleased to feel ‘at home.’

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