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     FOUNDER OF REGGAE MAKOSSA
     MAKEDA DREAD



     Makeda Dread is the founder of Reggae Makossa 91X in San Diego, a reggae radio show, now celebrating 20 years of spreading the positive messages of love, world peace, and pursuit of equal rights. In addition to having the longest running reggae radio show in California, Makeda Dread is a veteran and a celebrity in the reggae industry. She has been promoting major reggae concerts and international recording artists such as Pato Banton, Big Mountain, Don Carlos, Midnite, The Marley Brothers, Barrington Levy and many others for years. Founding the first Bob Marley Birthday Celebration in 1981, she has forever set her place in reggae history.
     Bob Marley Day has been annual event in San Diego for almost a quarter century and now Bob Marley Day has spread to Los Angeles, San Francisco and beyond. The San Diego Bob Marley Birthday Celebration always features the biggest and brightest stars from Jamaica, Europe, and Africa. Steel Pulse, Third World, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Lucky Dube, Alpha Blondy, Yellowman, and Shaggy and just a some of the artists who have perfomed for Makeda’s tribute to Brother Bob Marley. Yes that’s right Bob Marley and Makeda Dread were old friends and they worked and produced together.
     Taking the message in the music further Makeda Dread also has an annual Peter Tosh Birthday Celebration every October. In 2001 the featured artists were Don Carlos, Sister Carol, and Jr. Jazz. The list is too long to mention, but Makeda has worked with just about everybody in the reggae business at one time or another.
     For many, many, years Makeda Dread and the Reggae Makossa crew were playing clubs, boat cruises, and festivals getting bigger and better every year. You could say she was there from the early days of ska and rock steady. A seasoned DJ she knows how to nice-up the dance, keeping the people moving and jammin’.