let there be reggae.
A unique event showcasing a curated snapshot of Reggae music and a worldwide Dancehall culture.
December 5 - December 6
date: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019 | Opening Reception time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. location: 400 NW 26 Street|Miami, FL 33127
Wayne Wonder + Rory | Stone Love + iiConz Luga
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. EAT, DRINK & VIEW | 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. INTRODUCTION OF ARTISTS | 9:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. THE ONE HOUR VIBE!
($25 purchase online or at the front door)
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
complimentary entrance on friday for art lovers!
Jamaican photographer Steve James is a highly sought-after cameraman to cover concerts, album launches and special events. From the moment he first saw the magic of photos being developed in the dark room during a hobbyist course in high school he became intrigued with the art of visual storytelling, and he’s been enthralled with it ever since. Because just like his other major love, reggae music, Steve believes images have the power to capture special moments in time that touch people’s hearts, regardless of who or where they are.
Over the span of three decades, James’ work, which alternates between energetic stage performance photos to thoughtful portraiture and candid behind-the-scenes shots, has appeared in Billboard Magazine, The Jamaican Gleaner, Riddim Magazine, Buzzz Magazine, The Jamaica Observer, Jamaicans. Com and Echoes Magazine. He is also a regular contributor of images, articles, news and CD reviews to two of the largest reggae websites in the world: www. reggaeville.com and www.unitedreggae.com
Having also worked part-time in radio, James' curated knowledge and respect for reggae music as an art form is acutely displayed in the creative decisions he makes re his photographs, and that reverence resonates deeply with both musicians and fans alike. It is that unique quality which gains him unfiltered access to typically restricted people and places and sets his work apart.
OFTEN LISTENING TO THE REGGAE VIBES WHILE CREATING BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART, ALEJANDRA ESTEFANIA WAS BORN IN GUAYQUIL, ECUADOR IN 1989. WHEN SHE WAS FOUR YEARS OLD, HER MOTHER MOVED ALEJANDRA AND HER OLDER BROTHER TO THE UNITED STATES AND RAISED THEM AS A SINGLE MOTHER. BY THE TIME SHE WAS 18, ALEJANDRA HAD DROPPED OUT OF COLLEGE AND DIDN’T DISCOVER ART UNTIL THE AGE OF 20. HAVING FOUND HER PASSION IN PAINTING AND WRITING, ALEJANDRA MOVED FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO FLORIDA TO ATTEND THE ART INSTITUTE OF MIAMI AT THE AGE OF 21.
SINCE GRADUATING WITH HER BFA, ALEJANDRA HAS BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY TO ESTABLISH HERSELF AS A FULL-TIME FINE ARTIST. SHE HAS WORKED WITH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS, SHELTERS, FOUNDATIONS, AND SCHOOLS WITHIN THE MIAMI AREA. THROUGH HER COMMUNITY WORK AND MESSAGE, SHE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ESTABLISH MURALS IN LITTLE HAVANA, WYNWOOD, ST. LOUIS, OREGON, AND MORE. ALEJANDRA WAS HONORED AS THE 2019 CARNAVAL MIAMI POSTER ARTIST. SHE ALSO BECAME SPONSORED BY BACARDI, SARGENT ART, AND BUNGII.
ALEJANDRA'S BODY OF WORK IS ABOUT EMPOWERING ANY AND ALL INDIVIDUALS AND OFTEN EXPLORES THE FEMALE FIGURE. HER MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO USE HER ART AS A BRIDGE FOR PHILANTHROPY.
OF HER RELATIONSHIP WITH ART, ALEJANDRA STATES, “AS A FEMALE IMMIGRANT COMING FROM A LOW INCOME HOME, I KNOW FIRST HAND THAT NO ONE HAS CONTROL OVER MY LIFE. IT IS UP TO ME. I CAN EITHER USE MY INTELLECT AND TALENT TO GO FAR, OR SETTLE. I CHOOSE TO IMPACT, TO INSPIRE, TO BE A LEADER AND A ROLE MODEL. I WAS GIVEN A GIFT AND MY JOB IS TO POLISH IT AND USE IT TO DO GOOD, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE AS IMPORTANT. I CHOOSE ART OVER EVERYTHING.”
Co-founded by Patricia Chin of VP Records, Riddim Driven reflects a cultural mash up of the rock steady rebellion amidst the righteous roots state of mind. We draw influence from art, music and the current world cultjah. Be it rudie or rich, RDM empowers individuals with the righteous message of reggae culture. With each season we present a contemporary perspective of the IRIE. A lifestyle driven by ease and comfort. With easy to wear garments, and progressive styling, we share a piece of our culture and lifestyle.
Arguably one of the most influential Reggae/Dancehall Selectors in the world, Rory is known as the Selector's Selector and is synonymous with Stone Love Movements, with many noting that he helped give the sound system “immortal” status. After decades, of traveling and inspiring a new generation of dj’s and selectors, Rory seamlessly shifted gears and has produced and worked with many of Jamaica’s and England's
reggae music artists. From the days of bringing the world the most exclusive dub plates to producing the genres newest signature sounds, Rory StoneLove is still at it.