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I have an eclectic taste in music, but my most favorite genre would have to be roots reggae because it reminds me of being in paradise, my favorite places in the world–tropical destinations with white sand beaches and blue-green waters–eating fresh seafood, drinking coconut juice straight from the fruit, and being happy just to be alive.

And the sound and its message is also positive, uplifting, empowering, and promotes freedom, equality, peace, unity and, most of all, love for all human kind regardless of the differences which make us all unique–all of which resonate with me and what I try to promote in my life.

So if you knew me, you wouldn’t be surprised that I went out of my way to watch the remaining members of Bob Marley and the Wailers perform this past Saturday in Stratton Mountain, Vermont. I purchased tickets as soon as I found out!

Their 2-hour set included hits from the albums LEGEND, EXODUS, UPRISING and SURVIVAL, performed by a lead singer who could’ve passed for the King of Reggae himself, which brought me (and my friend Kayla, also a big reggae fan) to an irie state-of-mind, as if I was in paradise, eating fresh seafood and drinking coconut juice straight from the fruit, feeling happy just to be alive.

There was so much love in the mountain that evening, Bob Marley would have been so proud to see his legacy continue the way he intended.

But what I liked most about this concert was that The Wailers used the center stage to bring attention to a solvable issue affecting many third world countries today: HUNGER. In partnership with World Food Program USA, The Wailers is raising funds “to improve nutrition, health and educational opportunities for those in greatest need around the world“.

They have been doing this since 2008, this year making Ethiopia, Africa–recently affected by the worst drought in 50 years–their main priority. Funds raised from donations by generous people like you will go towards providing essential nutritious food to families affected by the drought. Makes me appreciate this music and love this group even more!

For more information about this campaign and where to donate or purchase products to support this cause, please check out www.WFPUSA.org/TheWailers. To find out more about The Wailers and where they will be performing next, visit their website at www.Wailers.com.

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