Rootz Releaf & La Reserva Foundation recently staged “Lions in the Garden”, the second event of five concerts under the “Rootz Garden” banner scheduled in 2012. The concert was held on May 5 at The Sunken Garden, Hope Gardens, and featured the original “Gangalee” Louie Culture, foundation roots and culture band Mystic Revealers, reggae rockers Rootz Underground, the one-of-kind NoMaddz and up and coming band Di Blueprint, winners of the local leg of the 2012 Global Battle of the Bands.
Louie Culture, who closed the show, brought his signature DJ sound to the garden party, while the solid performance from Billy “Billy Mystic” Wilmot-led Mystic Revealers signalled their return to the live music scene after an absence of over a decade. NoMaddz delivered their unique brand of dub poetry accompanied by genre-melding music, and the rising Di Blueprint band brought their soul-fused one drop “riddims” and conscious messaging to the party. Fresh from an 18-date tour of the Western U.S. and Canada, Rootz Underground were at their explosive best on the night.
The Rootz Garden concert series will benefit several charities, namely the Nature Preservation Foundation Jamaica, McCam Child Development Centre, Jamaica School for the Deaf and the Rootz Releaf Programme. Through the series, Rootz Garden Productions hopes to “create awareness for the Rootz Releaf project and to be our voice towards something positive that we’re already doing and what others are doing too.”
In partnership with La Reserva Forest Foundation in Costa Rica and Nature Preservation Foundation Jamaica, the Rootz Releaf eco-trust has planted a remarkable 75,000 trees since January 2009. This tree-planting effort includes action by fans globally who take part in the Rootz Releaf effort individually, denoting their tree-planting on a global map hosted at rootzunderground.com/releaf.
To date the program has visited five schools on the island and the Rootz Garden series benefits this endeavor directly. Expanded environmental school programs are planned for fall of 2012 that include toward zero-waste recycling education and soil conservation.