Makeda Dread Cheatom

Heather Friedman

San Diego, United States

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Photographed May 2012, during the Dedication of The Peace Pole at the Worldbeat Center, Balboa Park,. San Diego California.
Dedicated to Makeda, a true spirit of Peace, Love & World Unity
Original color photo is here

Makeda Dread Cheatom, was inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame March, 2012. She is the Executive Director and Founder of the WorldBeat Center, a non-profit cultural arts center, established in 1985, Earlier, in the 1970’s, she opened San Diego’s first non–smoking vegetarian restaurant The Prophet . Makeda was a Cultural Anthropology Major and is an Ethno-Musicologist who has traveled to Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Brazil and numerous other countries researching and experiencing ethnic music throughout the world. In turn, she has produced programs and artists from African, Latin Jazz, Cuban, Afro-Beat, Reggae and Dance of which are all currently represented within the cultural center. She is currently working on the African in the Americas project linking the African People of the Americas. Makeda has produced and narrated a documentary on the African influence and culture in Peru.
She is presently the only African-American female on commercial radio in San Diego. Makeda is the founder of her own radio show, Reggae Makossa, broadcast on Fusion Radio 102.5 FM (Tuesdays 7-9pm) and she has been on the air for over 25 years.
Makeda is dedicated and committed to promoting unity in diversity, while teaching world peace and healing the world through music, art, dance, culture, and technology.

I am proud to say I have known Makeda for over 20 years, and I attend many of her events and programs at the center, my favorites being the Kwaanza festivities and The Day of the Drum,
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