There was plenty of positive energy in the air as Guam's residents showed
up by the carload to the Reggae in the Park concert at the old Yigo Amusement Park on Feb. 6.
to headline reggae artists King Yellowman with the Sagittarius Band and Gregory Isaacs, the concert went full steam despite
a late announcement that Isaacs had to cancel due health-related symptoms. Isaacs has said he hopes to schedule a concert
very soon to make up for the last-minute cancellation. Despite the schedule change, fans of reggae music were treated to amazing
performances by an all-star line up of Guam's favorite local musicians and finally, by King Yellowman himself.
showed his true colors and love for his fellow artist when he announced that he'd extend his performance. It certainly appeased
the crowd, who seemed to enjoy every musical note. There was a tactical vibration of love and peace in the air as the fans
not only came to watch and listen to the performers, but also to celebrate the birthday of the late Robert Nestor Marley,
also known as Bob Marley, born February 6, 1945. He would have been 65 years old.
"I grew up on Yellowman, but
Bob was definitely the man," said fan Teresa Guzman, who works at International Distributors. "Bob was all about
positive vibrations, civil equality -- and he wasn't scared to speak about everything -- every civilization can hear his message
through his music," she adds. Local musicians Cedric Diaz of Rock Bottom and Tim Balajadia of Seedless were also vibing
to the music at the concert, fully aware of what the celebration was truly for as well.
"Bob inspired me and our
band, to use music to spread peace and a positive message," said Diaz. "He promotes a unified conscious vision,
and has had a major influence on my music and my message," added Balajadia. "His music is so unique, not like the
other rock pop," added Donovan Leon Guerrero, a 24-year-old Sinajana resident. "Yellowman is one of my favorites
too, I grew up on Love letter and Zunga Zen," Leon Guerrero said of the headliner.
High school junior Cory Borja,
from St. Paul's Christian School, also was vibing on the beats and melodies throughout the night, reflecting how cross-generational
reggae music has become on Guam. "I like the beat, I like to skank," Borja says while enjoying the music, "It's
how they express their music and say what they want in the best way."