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by Tanaka Tiki Roberts

Hope Gardens was transformed into the site of musical healing on Sunday, 28th October for the Mahima Hope4Hope benefit concert featuring acts like The Mighty Diamonds, I-Wayne, Richie Spice, Alaine and Beenie Man.

Mahima Hope4Hope Music Festival was fittingly hosted on the grounds of Hope Garden in Kingston on 28th October 2012. This year marked the 4th staging of the fundraiser event which seeks to garner support for cancer awareness through music. Throughout the night the audience was entertained and guided through each performance by the comedic commentary of Mutabaruka & 'hostess with the mostest', Mrs. Emprezz Golding.

The show began with reggae rock fusion band Skygrass who ended with an encore of their single 'High Grade Love'. Jah9 came next beginning her set with 'Gratitude' using her emotively impressive vocals to remind us of the importance to give thanks.  She was backed by her roots band which was led by the 'Melchezidek, High Priest of Reggae Guitar'- Earl Chinna Smith. Following was the young reggae prodigy Jesse Royal who delivered nothing short of a hearty performance.

Fresh off their European tour, the band Raging Fyah took the stage with an electrifying energy of roots rebel music that left the crowd begging for more. The sensual crooner Daville came shortly after, wooing the ladies in attendance. He was joined not long after by deejay Charly Blacks to give fans a preview of their new single, of course another ode for the ladies. After a brief band change came the talented Duane Stephenson. His commanding voice and even more compelling lyrics kept the momentum going of 'feel good' music that had been the tone of the night.

The lovely songbird Alaine graced the stage thereafter delivering a splendid performance as she bellowed crowd favorites after crowd favorites. And then came I Wayne. With very little filter, the culture artiste intensified the energy at Mahima with conscious lyrics and spiritual teachings for his listeners. Veteran reggae group The Mighty Diamond followed taking the crowd back with classics like "I Need A Roof" and "Pass the Kutchie".

As the night drew closer to an end, the audience was still in high spirits and ready for more "musical healing". In came Richie Spice decked in all black. Spice's spirited performance warmed up the crowd for what would come next. For the finale Mahima was closed in regal fashion by none other than the King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man.

Despite of the small turnout due to the effects of hurricane Sandy, for those in attendance Mahima once again proved to be a satisfying music experience. The impressive line-up kept the audience grooving and singing along all night as the soothing power of music manifested throughout Hope Garden. Mahima Hope4Hope benefit concert in its fourth year has definitely earned its place as a staple event to look forward to every year.

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