As the yaer 2011 draws to a close, I want to thank the viewers and fans of the only & longest running television show that presents the island Caribbean culture and music in Chicago, Mystic Vibes TV. Mystic Vibes TV has been airing on the CAN TV Network Cable Chanel 19 in the city of Chicago, IL. for over 16 years. And claiming to promise many more.
THE YEAR IN REVIEW!!!
There were a few first time artists who appeared on the show to promote new their projects and sat down for some very candid interviews.
Aston “Familyman” Barrett of the Wailers was on hand to spread the positive Vibes ( during the bands stopover in Chicago) winter 2011 tour @ The House Of Blues. He was interviewed by Wluw fm’s Slacky J.
The Mighty Diamonds(also 1st appearance) were one of two shows that Mystic Vibes TV dedicated and entire episode featuring the Jamaican trio’s legacy, albums and their stage performance at the Wild Hare. I want to thank “Radio Babylon’s” Field Marshall who did a wonderful sit down interview with the group.
And Just When Chicago Was Gearing Up For The Active Reggae Season!
May 15 2011, was a bittersweet day for the Chicago Reggae community, as we had to say farewell to the institution that gave us Reggae 7 days a week, The Wild Hare. It was a moving tribute to the host of Reggae bands, DJ’s staff and management who put The Wild Hare and our music on the map in the Midwest and kept it going for 30 years. Mystic Vibes TV featured a 1 hour special episode in tribute to The Wild Hare which also included an in dept interview about the journey with the owner, Zeleke Gessesse.
THEN CAME THE SUMMER!
Mystic Vibes TV interviewer, Headley McKenzie did his annual duties anchoring the 2011 Martin’s International Culture International Festival of Life(IFOL). There were featured interviews and a sample of stage performances that included, Machal Montano, Freddie McGregor Glen Jones and many more.
The return of the Hallie Selassie I Groundations commemorating H.I.S. 119th Earthstrong. This event took place in Washington Park just a few blocks away from President Barack Obama’s Chicago home. The Rastafarian community and Elders of the gathering share their insights and encouragement on Mystic Vibes TV.
Ziggy Marley will appear on the show soon with some stage performances that I taped at the “Cubby Bear” back in Oct.
And of course I want to thank the many artists who have submitted their music videos, (remember DVD-R) there have been many positive tunes out there!
31st Annual Chicago Music Awards!
Mystic Vibes TV is also nominated in the category of “Best Music Video Show” for the upcoming 31st Annual Chicago Music Awards. The fans can vote online at www.chicagomusicawards.org the deadline in 31 Dec 2011. I want to congratulate the Chicago Music Awards nominees in some of the categories in Reggae/Dancehall And World Music:
BEST REGGAE ENTERTAINER
Best DJ Dancehall
DJ Slacky J
DJ Boom Bostic
You can also on the website to see who is nominated in the Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer and African Entertainer.
INTERNATIONAL REGGAE AND WORLD MUSIC AWARDS (IRAWMA) RETURNS TO CHICAGO IN 2012!!!
I am very much looking forward to be part of the action. And you know Mystic Vibes TV will keep you posted.
You have a very peaceful festive holiday season!
Zezel McKenzie/Executive Producer
Mystic Vibes TV