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South Florida Musicians Share Common Chord on Haiti

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South Florida Musicians Share Common Chord on Haiti

Peter Bailey

The Hongs perform at the Vagabond.

Prince Markie Dee, member of the legendary Fat Boys turned resident 103.5 The Beat disc jockey, took a break around 10 p.m. on Wednesday to explain why he interrupted the regular scheduled offerings of Beyonce and Lil Wayne with calls for donations to Haiti:

“God put me on a mic for moments like these,” said Dee, emphatically.

Recording executive Derrick “Big Teach” Turton, who stopped by to drop off crates of water at the live broadcast outside of Wal-mart along Southwest 184 Ave. in Pembroke Pines, added, “We have to make sure the help doesn’t end after the cameras leave." 

It’s a passion shared by South Florida’s musically inclined, evident by the outpouring of aid offered by local artists from hip hop to rock-n-roll and all genres in between.

Several hours later, as Dee’s live broadcast outside Wal-Mart wound down to rhythm and blues, a growing crowd in search of dark indie pop packed inside the Vagabond, as the Overtown dive played host to a benefit concert where fans were treated to the likes of Afrobeta, Cleaveland Jones, the Hongs and The State Of.

The tune was no different from the one heard outside Wal-Mart.

 “We’re performing, because it’s important that we take care of our own,” said Steph Taylor, lead vocalist of The State Of.

“Haitians are a large part of what makes us who we are in South Florida.”

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