The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present a dynamic exhibit that celebrates the music, message and masters of reggae. David I Muir’s collection of 26 iconic reggae-music performance photos will be on display at the venue from August 10 through September 30, 2018.
The collection, appropriately entitled Reggae Reel – Moments in Music features stunning images of reggae royalty including Marcia Griffiths and Buju Banton, today’s hottest artists including Tarrus Riley, Mavado and Chronixx, plus rising stars like Koffee and Sevana.
The experiential exhibit will also feature a video installation and graphic montages featuring select lyrics. In addition, the Center is presenting a concert by Rootz of Music entitled, The American Roots of Jamaican Music on August 26, 2018 at 7pm. Earlier that afternoon, David will present his artist talk about the photo collection at 3pm. Doors open at 2:30p that Sunday, August 26th. For more information, www.ccpompano.org.
Love affair with reggae
“I am thrilled to bring this collection to The Pompano Beach Cultural Center,” said Muir, whose photographs have been featured in national and international exhibits as well as the coffee table book, Pieces of Jamaica. “I’ve had a love affair with reggae for as long as I can remember. I took most of these images for my own, selfish gratification. Now, it’s a welcome pleasure that I’m able to share them in this way.”
Muir, a former disk jockey, manager of music talent and concert promoter, had a unique vantage point when taking these photos, and his love of the genre and its messages are evident in every shot.
Path to the truth
“The lyrics in reggae music are a path to the truth,” he said. “They teach us how to love and unite. Through this music and through the strength of the Jamaican culture, we can learn many lessons. That is why this exhibit, especially at this time, is so important.”
Reggae originated in Jamaica in the 1960s as a rhythmic language giving voice to a voiceless people. At its origin, its lyrics shared messages of peace, unity, and the protest of injustice.
Today, it is embraced worldwide, conveying love, pride, struggle, and every human emotion in every language. Just as the featured artist-messengers share their stories through the music, Muir shares the passion and power of their performance in still shots.
About David I. Muir
David I. Muir, who was born in Jamaica, is a photo artist, author, entrepreneur and community leader living in South Florida. His photo collections, including the critically acclaimed Pieces of Jamaica and its accompanying coffee table book, have toured in national and international exhibitions. Muir is currently a Director at Island Syndicate, publishers of Island Origins Magazine and producers of The Taste the Islands Experience. He serves on local advisory boards, including nonprofits and arts organizations, curates multiple annual Fort Lauderdale art exhibits, conducts seminars for aspiring journalists and photographers, and teaches photography at Broward College.