Rastafarian turned pastor and gospel performer, Mark Mohr is scheduled to be in Guyana later this month to spread his Christian reggae vibes at the National Park as part of the Christafari Reggae Redemption World Tour 2008-2009.
With Mohr at the head, Christafari has been blazing a trail of spiritual upliftment using a distinct reggae style, but not without controversy as critics have attacked the group from both faiths for singing under the banner of Rastafarianism and Christianity.
But Christafari has grown popular with its unique style and the band is expected here for ‘Freedom Step’ on January 31. Christian Duncan, head of the promotion team for the show and managing director of the Brutal Jammers Band, said in a press release earlier this week that the idea is to stage an event that is violence free that offers edutainment while further inspiring local youths to life’s reality of making the right choices.
“It is a concert aimed at showcasing that one’s beliefs can make or break you as an individual and it does not seek to cast negative aspersions on anyone except to inspire positive choices for spiritual upliftment and revival in our land,” Duncan said.
Duncan said the concert is about positive vibes and is family focused. He added that they are promoting a non-violent show that is purely about the vibes, and that the line-up of performers includes some of Guyana’s best gospel artistes, and also features overseas performers Avion Blackman and Solomon Jabby.
According to him, the show is a kind of purification concert since Christafari brings a story that focuses on what people can become through spiritual choices and not on what they have done in the past.
Christfari, which was founded in the US by Mohr, has performed its gospel reggae throughout the country since been formed in 1990. The group has an impressive catalogue and recent releases include, ‘Reggae Redemption Songs II’ and ‘To the Foundation’.