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    • Sunday, April 20, 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Center

    Inhale a great time for a great cause, 4.20.14 @ the cultural World Beats Center in Balboa Park.
    Uniting our community w/ live reggae, jazz and hip hop performances with ice cold beer and quality food from San Diego's first organic restaurant, The Prophet. (Established in the 70's by Makeda Dread)!

    The first annual Sun Daze Festival is also a fundraiser for children's second home facility, Casey's Place. Casey's Place was an idea that communities could change the environment currently available for children. It promoted each child's unique strengths without regard to preconceived values. The Sun Daze Festival is a Casey's Place Revival event, planned as a fund-raiser to help raise the funds needed to re-open the after school program for K-12 aged youth. Casey's Place was founded by Casey Kinslow as a non-profit after school youth development program in his east San Diego neighborhood. The program and facility offered after school homework/tutoring sessions, sports/recreation activities, summer camps and age specific social events. One of the early programs allowed local garage bands to make their debut on the stage at Casey's Place. After nine years and hundreds of lives changed for the better, Casey's Place was unable to remain open because of a lack of funding. That changes now...
    • Sunday, April 27, 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Center

    25th Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day Celebration


    Indoor - Outdoor Family Event

    Sunday, April 27th

    Sammy Dread
    Rootz Underground
    Quinto Sol 
    Mono Verde
    Piracy Conspiracy
    Arise Roots

    *Deadline Extended to Monday, April 14th*
    Also featuring:

    World Food & Craft Vendors

    WorldBeat Center's Classes

    Taiko Drumming

    African Drum & Dance

    Afro-Cuban Percussion & Dance

    Native American Drumming

     Danza Azteca

    Children's Garden Activities

    Children's Recycled Earth Art

    Special Thanks to:

    "Check out Doctor Dread's latest Caribbean creations. Where food and music and culture all come together."

    WorldBeat Cultural Center
    Balboa Park
    2100 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 230-1190

    • Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Center

    WorldBeat Center Presents

    "The Raw Food World"
    presented by
     Matt Monarch 

    See Matt Monarch, the owner of the largest online Raw Foods and Superfoods store in the world, plus the host of the popular online raw food TV Show "The Raw Food World" speaking live at the WorldBeat Cultural Center in San Diego, California
    Tuesday, April 29th at 6 pm!

    FREE admission! Plus, all attendees will receive a $10 gift card for Matt’s online Raw Foods and Superfoods store, The Raw Food World. Don’t miss out! You will learn:

    + How raw foods can help with healing diseases and other health conditions
    + How the raw food path can be a doorway into the spiritual
    + The top superfoods - what they are and how they can help us
    + About Matt's family's natural way of life as ex-pats residing in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, “The Land of Longevity”
    + And a whole lot more!

    Save this event to your calendar with:
    + Eventbrite: e/ the-raw-food-world-tour-san -diego-ca-worldbeat-cultur al-center-tickets-10414019 613
    + Official Tour Page: http:// talk/ worldbeat-cultural-center/
    + Meetup: SanDiegoRawVegans/events/ 163737552/

    For more information, call 866-729-3438. 
    Visit the online store at http:// 
    ...and watch the TV show at http://

    WorldBeat Cultural Center
    Balboa Park
    2100 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 230-1190

    • Saturday, May 10, 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Center

    • Friday, May 16, 2014
    • Sunday, May 18, 2014
    • WorldBeat Center


    MAY 16th - 18th
    In Honor of Robert Nesta Marley

    February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981

    In 2014 the Jamaica International REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL moves to the United States, presenting the first US showcase of Reggae Film Festival films in San Diego, California, May 16-18 at the WorldBeat Cultural Center in the city’s central Balboa Park.

    DEAR JESUS – (UK) Produced, written & directed by DanielleScott-Haughton (Best Short Feature 2013)

    Dear Jesus follows Mercedes, a young Black British fashion journalist whose life is thrown into disarray when her mother gets ill and leaves her in charge of their Jamaican restaurant in London.  Her boyfriend has strict ideas about how their relationship should continue and she and finds solace in her prayers which she writes down in her laptop.  The 5 part British TV series is by WONDERLONDON  

    FIRE IN BABYLON -  (UK) Stevan Riley  (Best Documentary 2012)

    Award-winning feature documentary about how an underdog team of Caribbean island cricketers overcome white racism to become the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's. Documentary footage,  rocking reggae music and a sharp commentary make this film as entertaining as a feature film.

    HILL AND GULLY (USA) Director Patrice Johnson (Best Feature Film 2013)

    Hill and Gully is an urban Cinderella story, set during 2008, the election year of Barack Obama. When the momentum that electrifies the nation, influences the lives of three generations of women, an unhappy, single mother, her agoraphobic mother, and her angry ten year old daughter, they become transformed through the efforts of a psychiatrist who challenges them to speak their deepest wishes. As each does, they discover a new found sense of freedom; the mother; the power of forgiveness and the love of a shy photographer, her mother; the courage to conquer her fears and her daughter, the family she always wished she had.

    JUST ANOTHER FRIDAY  (JA) Director Judith Faloon-Reid (Best Jamaican Feature 2013)

    Jamaica’s first Christian movie, the story takes you through the conflicts between a Christian teen and her worldly brother, a husband and wife and the influences of their visiting relatives. When Leon and his friends decide to go partying on Good Friday, they realize that although Friday nights are usually made for having fun, Good Friday is not Just Another Friday. As the teens work out their conflicts, the adults also face their own dilemmas. With the underlying theme that tomorrow is promised to no-one, Just Another Friday provides a stark reminder that old and young alike need God.

    LAND OF LOOK BEHIND (USA) Directed by Alan Greenberg  (Documentary Honour Award – 2013)

    Land of Look Behind  is a 1982 documentary/film about Jamaica, originally started out as a documentary on Bob’s funeral but turned into something more. It was filmed in May and June of 1981 by Alan Greenberg, and was the director’s first film. The film’s cinematographer was Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein, an associate of Werner Herzog.

    The film begins with footage of Jamaica’s wild interior region called the Cockpit Country. A young, poverty-stricken teenager listens to the reggae music on his radio which gives him plenty of inspiration to continue his daily struggle as the lyrics of Bob Marley, which when he hears seem to help him leave his troubles behind and help to give him a faith. It also features footage of the funeral of reggae musician Bob Marley. A number of Rasta’s are interviewed and performers Gregory Isaacs and Mutabaruka are also featured, also Father Amde Hamilton of The Watts Prophets performs a spoken word piece during Marley’s funeral service.

    The film has been said by many to be the best ever film to have been made about Jamaica, capturing something that no other film before it or since seems to have done, this can be backed up by the claims of one of the worlds greatest film makers: Werner Herzog has said in the film’s DVD commentary that “This film achieves things never seen before in the history of cinema.” The American director Jim Jarmusch writes in the DVD liner notes that Land of Look Behind is “striking…beautiful…near-perfect.”

    ONE LOVE – (Norway/JA) Director Rick Elgood (1:51 mins)

    Reggae stars Cherine Anderson and Kymani Marley star as Kassa, a free-wheelin rasta man who falls for a straight laced gospel singer Serena, when they both meet as they enter a music contest. Serena's father the pastor forbids her to see him and wants her to marry one of his church members. Meanwhile the record boss organizing the contest, tries to get Kassa's band to sign to his label on his terms not theirs. By using heavy tactics, he pushes the band to fight back.

    ONE SONG  - (AUSTRIA) Written and Directed by: Catalina Molina

    Father by day and musician by night; as a single parent, Coni barely Jmagets by. A faded photograph is the only reminder of his daughter's mother. But one day, shortly after Coni seems to be over her, she shows up again.

    REGGAE IN THE RUFF (USA) Don McConnell – 60 mins.

    Reggae in the Ruff is a 60-minute documentary that examines the lifestyle, philosophy and music of Johnnie Walker and the Disappointers, a group of Rasta elders living in the hills of Jamaica's Blue Mountains. They survive by living close to nature, working the land organically and harvesting wild fruits and bush medicines from the jungle. For over 30 years in obscurity they have also been creating a unique yet familiar style of Roots Reggae music – and they are ready to bring their positive music ‘out of the hills to the world’. Photographed by independent filmmaker Don McConnell, Reggae in the Ruff captures the remarkable beauty of Jamaica and its fascinating culture and hypnotic music. The film blurs the lines between anthropology and music documentary, while offering a rare and authentic glimpse into what it is to be a Rasta elder in the 21st century


    Introducing Nomaddz, the unusual rhythmic, rapping, singing group of performance artists whose work has won them Puma sponsorship


    A good-natured coming-of-age movie with a rocking reggae soundtrack by Steel Pulse, whose lead singer David Hinds co-stars, the film tells the story of B.C. Cook and his widowed mother, the sole Caribbean familybarely surviving  in a small town in upstate New York. B.C. has a talent for driving cars and dreams of becoming a Hollywood stunt driver, but hasn’t the wherewithal to enroll in a training school so he enters stock-car races at the local dirt track, where the season-ending grand prize of $10,000 will cover the trip to California and tuition, too. A dream, a team, an interracial love story, and a reggae soundtrack the result is an entertaining, sleekly produced indie film.


    A jealous husband wants to take advantage of a famous radio DJ’s accidental stop in small-town Dangriga to introduce him to his talents as a drummer, but he goes to extreme measures to prevent the DJ from meeting his attractive wife, with hilarious results.

    TEAM X – (Cine Jamaica – Animation) Stephen ‘BigBomb’ Williamson

    Jamaica is under the grip of a crime boss whose rule seems endless. Team X is recruited to bring him down.

    THE CROFT – (JA) – Written & Directed by Wayne Benjamin

    Jamaica’s first horror film. A writer takes a cottage in the hills to finish an overdue novel, but finds that a strange apparition is much more than meets the eye.

    THE KEEPER OF ZION GATE – The Joseph “Culture” Hill Story (2012)(Israel)

    Produced by Guil “Rasta” Bonstein and Ronen “Mr Vibes “Davidesco

    This short movie (23mins) is a work of LOVE livicated to a fascinating and inspiring Rastaman,   Joseph Hill .His contribution to Reggae music will always be remembered and Highly Raspected .We are happy to present to the world these unique and rare pictures , filmed during his second Tour to Israel in 1996.

    Joseph Hill arrived to Israel with Albert Walker and musicians from London for one concert to be held at the 4th Ahziv Reggae Beach Festival. He was first captured on camera at arrival to Ben Gurion Airport.  Sussuma , an African ensemble directed by Nana Dadzie were there to give him a welcome reserved in Ghana to Kings and Queens .Then he had the time to visit Jerusalem , party at the legendary Soweto Club in Tel Aviv ,and to drive to the Jordan River and the Lake of Galilee . Ronen Davidesco aka Mr. Vibes, was there with his camera.  No production budget, just a vision… one day, the world will see the love vibes, the generosity, the sense of humor, of this extraordinary human being named Joseph Hill.

    Now the time has come: celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica independence , it is our modest contribution for you all to enjoy 24 minutes with an humble Rastaman , a true African , a proud Jamaican , a man with a smile on his lips and a dance in his feet , a fabulous performer , songwriter , musician , singer and composer , the Two Sevens Clash man , the Cumbolo man , the One Stone man , the beloved Joseph Hill . RIP

    Shalom, Salaam, Peace, One love!


    Take the eco-journey through the high-altitude region where Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain coffee grows. Magnificent views, rare flowers, trees, waterfalls, with stops at world-famous Strawberry Hill Hotel, Newcastle Army Camp, the Gap Café, the Section coffee region and the 13 waterfalls that splash down the mountains to the river at Buff Bay.


    This this is the first ever film to document the life of legendary Reggae artist Winston Jarrett, a film made by Nic Nakis from the USA.

    Born in 1940, Jarrett’s introduction to the music industry was as a member of Alton Ellis’s backing band The Flames in the early 1960s, formed when Ellis’s original singing partner Eddie Perkins emigrated to the US, singing on hits such as “Dancecrasher”, “Cry Tough”, “Rocksteady” and “Girl I’ve Got a Date”.While with Ellis he wrote songs such as “Sunday Coming” and “True Born African”. In 1967, Jarrett parted ways with the UK-bound Ellis and with fellow Flame Edgar “Egga” Gardner formed The Righteous Flames with Junior Green, and the trio recorded for Arthur “Duke” Reid’s Treasure Isle label and then for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One label.

    In the 1970s, tired of recording for others without receiving adequate payment, Jarrett self-produced much of his output, releasing it on his own Attra, Human Rights and Humble labels.Jarrett recorded as a solo artist in the late 1970s and 1980s, releasing the Wise Man album in 1979 and Rocking Vibration in 1984. He re-formed the Flames, releasing the album Jonestown in the late 1980s and in the early 1990s recorded a tribute album to Bob Marley, also featuring Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.

    USAIN BOLT - The Fastest Man Alive (59mins) (FRANCE)

    An intimate portrait of athlete Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. In the London 2012 Olympics, Bolt will try to retain his three Olympic titles and his three world records. On the night of the 100m final, over four billion viewers will watch him as he attempts to enter the history books by becoming the first man ever to retain the 100m gold medal.

    French producer/director Gael Leiblang secured exclusive access to Usain Bolt, and has been filming up close and personal with him over the last 12 months as he prepares for the biggest race of his life. Made with his complete co-operation, it features Bolt in his home environment away from the cameras. It also features all the people who have helped get Bolt to the top of his profession – his relatives, his best friends and the Jamaican national coach.

    • Saturday, May 17, 2014
    • 10:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Cener
    • Sunday, May 25, 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Center

    Aster Aweke Live 

    Featuring RAS BAND

    May 25th, 2014
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Door open @9pm

    World Beat Cultural Center
    2100 Park Blvd.
    San Diego CA 92101

    For Info. 
    6197888560 & 6197936025
    VIP 6192272541

    • Thursday, June 12, 2014
    • 8:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Center

    WorldBeat Center Presents
    Reggae Legend,
    w/ Ikronik 

    Thursday, June 12th, 2014
    Doors open 8pm

    Tickets $15 Adv/ $18 Door

    Click Link to Purchase Advance Tickets

    WorldBeat Cultural Center
    Balboa Park
    2100 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 230-1190(619) 230-1190

    • Thursday, July 03, 2014
    • 8:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Center

    WorldBeat Center Presents
    Reggae Legend,
    Pablo Moses

    All Ages Show
    Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
    Doors open 8pm

    Tickets $12 Adv

    Tickets on sale soon

    WorldBeat Cultural Center
    Balboa Park
    2100 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 230-1190

    • Friday, July 18, 2014
    • 8:00 PM
    • WorldBeat Center

    WorldBeat Center Presents
    Reggae Legend,

    All Ages Show
    Friday, July 18th, 2014
    Doors open 8pm

    Tickets $15 Adv

    Tickets on sale soon

    WorldBeat Cultural Center
    Balboa Park
    2100 Park Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 230-1190

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