Mystic Vibes TV is Chicago's first and leading cable television show focused on world music entertainment and quality cultural programs. Airing on Cable Access Network, Channel 19, the show gives its viewers exposure to the world beat lifestyle from the Caribbean, Africa and the United States. It is a presentation of Zebulun Productions.
After digging through the crates and reviewing files, Executive Producer Zezel, came up with the following favorite episodes and events from 2007.
Chicago Reggae Music Festival
Chicago got its very own festival strictly for reggae music featuring an impressive line up of legends and trailblazers. It was a cool, rainy afternoon but the weather did not keep the die-hards from coming out. We braced the conditions and held tent-side interviews with everyone on the scene; Third World celebrating 30 years in music, Culture, Morgan Heritage, Queen Ifrica - who cracked the sky wide open and Junior Kelly who jumped offstage and sang to the crowd in the rain. The show aired repeatedly but don't miss the festival this year, it's set for August 23.
Culture and the Joseph Hill Livication Tour
We celebrated the life of reggae roots icon Joseph Hill at the Chicago Reggae Festival during Culture's first appearance on the show. The group fronted by Kenyatta Hill (Joseph's son), Albert Walker and Telford Nelson shared bitter-sweet memories and vowed to continue the legend. Last year also marked the 30th anniversary of their classic album, "Two Sevens Clash."
The second oldest Marley son released his first solo project, "Mind Control" and stopped thru Chicago for a brief stint at the Vic. We caught up with Stephen Marley to talk about the tour and how he felt performing without his siblings (though Damien "Junior Gong" Marley was in the house.) He delivered a full set of Bob's classics and Melody Maker's tunes, but the new single "Traffic Jam" was the crowd favorite. Chicago wanted more so he returned in August to headline Lollapalooza in Grant Park. As always, Mystic Vibes was at his side, stage left.
Stop World Violence - Gang War Medley Video
On October 18, the senseless death of Lucky Dube sent shock waves throughout the world and the rise in global genocide continues to haunt us. To express the outrage, we asked our viewers to join forces and put an end to the violence. The "Gang War Medley" video featuring dancehall frontmen, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Sizzla Kolonji and Damien Marley aired November 9 with overwhelming response. We call forth peace in 2008.
Ziggy Marley at the Vic Theater
Ziggy is a regular on Mystic Vibes and we never miss the chance to talk with him whenever he is in town. During the second leg of the "Love is My Religion" tour, he gave us his thoughts about growing in spirituality and the freedom to express love through tolerance. We caught him off guard by bringing up his childhood dream of being a doctor. Ziggy thought the notion was humorous but actually when you think about it, his music is food for the soul, so here's to good health in 2008, Ziggy.
27th Annual Chicago Music Awards: Best Music Video Show Nominee
It's the Grammy's of Chicago music representing various award categories and recognitions. Mystic Vibes is on the ballot so don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite video music show. To vote online go to www.chicagomusicawards.net. Voting ends Thursday, January 10.
We deeply thank our viewers for your support and encouragement. It was a great year for the show and we look forward to bringing you more entertainment, news and videos in 2008. We wish peace and prosperity to everyone.