Reggae on the Rez! Yavapai-Apache Nation:
Reggae big name Bigga Haitian appearing
By Don Decker, YAN News
Reggae music is bound for the Nation on February 2 when big name Bigga Haitian from New York City will be appearing at the Tunlii Community Center. Bigga Haitian was born in Porta-Au Prince, Haiti and moved to NYC when he was 9 and has remained close to his Caribbean roots to this day. He began his musical career in 1987 after being inspired by Admiral Baily who performed at Manhattan’s Reggae Lounge singing “Big Belly Man”.
In 1989 his “Haiti A Weh Mi From” reached #1 on the Haitian charts and kicked it off with his first album in 1997 with ‘I Am Back’. His current label Walkup Records since 2006 has brought him many accolades in the music business.
Amanda really believes in what they support at the personal level and through her office as council member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation:
“Reggae music brings good energy to people. It allows us to let go of any worries we may have at that time and enjoy being in the moment of simple freedom. ‘When the music hits you, you feel no pain,’ a famous lyric by Bob Marley. It also allows us to get up and move, dance to the rhythm and beat. Growing up in a small community I know how much we love Reggae!”
Amanda and her husband also have a personal commitment to assuring a wholesome event for the community that emphasizes a drug-free environment.
“We are putting on a small concert where families can come and have fun in a safe environment. It will be a drug and alcohol free event and local tribal vendors are welcome to come set up for free to sell their arts/crafts/foods. Transportation available to local tribal members”
Admission for the event is $10.00 to defray the costs for the band’s travel/overnight lodging and associated expenses. Tribal elders (60+) and children age 12 and under are free.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Everett Randall family who recently lost their home to a house fire in Rimrock/Yavapai-Apache reservation which is located 7 miles north of Camp Verde.
A frybread fundraiser at the event will also go to support the Wellbriety Group, a community-based quasi self-help group who have been instrumental in providing wellness and spirituality meetings for community members. Some members of the tribal council members have offered to donate the food supplies for this fundraiser.
Tribal elders who attend the event will get a free frybread meal ticket according to event organizers.
Tunlii Community Center is located on the Yavapai-Apache Nation in Camp Verde on Cherry Creek Road 1 mile north of the Yavapai County Complex and the Out of Africa Wild Life Park. The Tunlii Community Center can be reached by going 3 miles west on SR 260 from I-17 exit to Cottonwood.
Local transportation from the Nation’s communities only will be available by calling for reservations at 928-274-9094.