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WorldBeat Center wants you to join us to transform your life on the way to the December 20, 2012. We are in the shift, so we must prepare our minds for this change.

We often find ourselves questioning why negative things happen us. Why you’ve lost your job, your house or loved ones. At times, situations can seem so difficult, it appears that the sun will never shine and you will be doomed to a life of rain. Well, the thing about life is that it will continue to rain so long as you allow it to. But if you take the time to seek guidance and overlook those difficult times, you may find that the answer lies within you.

Join us for the next ten months, to enlighten yourself and change your conciseness for true success in life. Today I begin a new life!

The Scroll Marked I

Today I begin a new life


Today I shed my old skin, which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity.

Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.

Today I will pluck grapes of wisdom from the tallest and fullest vines in the vineyard, for these were planted by the wisest of my profession who have come before me, generation upon generation.

Today I will savor the taste of grapes from these vines and verily I will swallow the seed of success buried in each and new life will sprout within me.

The career I have chosen is laden with opportunity yet it is fraught with heartbreak and despair and the bodies of those who have failed, were they piled one atop another, would cast its shadow down upon all the pyramids of the earth.

Yet I will not fail, as the others, for in my hands I now hold the charts, which will guide me through perilous waters to shores, which only yesterday seemed but a dream.

Failure will no longer by my payment for my struggle. Just as nature made no provision for my body to tolerate pain neither has it made any provision for my life to suffer failure. Failure, like pain, is alien to my life. In the past I accepted it as I accepted pain. Now I reject it and I am prepared for wisdom and principles which will guide me out of the shadows into the sunlight of wealth, position, and happiness far beyond my most extravagant dreams until even the golden apples in the Garden of Hesperides will seem no more than my just reward.

Time teaches all things to he who lives forever but I have not the luxury of eternity. Yet, within my allotted time I must practice the art of patience for nature acts never in haste. To create the olive, king of all trees, a hundred years is required. An onionplant is old in nine weeks. I have lived as an onion plant. It has not pleased me. Now I wouldst become the greatest of olive trees and, in truth, the greatest of salesmen.

And how will this be accomplished? For I have neither the knowledge nor the experience to achieve greatness and already I have stumbled in ignorance and fallen into pools of self-pity. The answer is simple. I will commence my journey unencumbered with either the weight of unnecessary knowledge or the handicap of meaningless experience. Nature already has supplied me with knowledge and instinct far greater than any beast in the forest and the value of experience is overrated, usually by old men who nod wisely and speak stupidly.

In truth, experience teaches thoroughly yet her course of instruction devours men’s years so the value of her lessons diminishes with the time necessary to acquire her special wisdom. The end finds it wasted on dead men. Furthermore, experience is comparable to fashion; an action that proved successful today will be unworkable and impractical tomorrow.

Only principles endure and these I now possess, for the laws that will lead me to greatness are contained in the words of these scrolls. What they will teach me is more to prevent failure than to gain success, for what is success other than a state of mind? Which two, among a thousand wise men, will define success in the same words; yet failure is always described in one way. Failure is man’s inability to reach his goals in life, whatever they may be.

In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the differences of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedeth all others is – I will form good habits and become their slave.

As a child I was slave to my impulses; now I am slave to my habits, as are all grown men. I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path, which threatens to imprison my future. My actions are ruled by appetite, passion, prejudice, greed, love, fear, environment, habit, and the worst of these tyrants is habit. Therefore, if I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits. My bad habits must be destroyed and new furrows prepared for good seed.

I will form good habits and become their slave.

And how will I accomplish this difficult feat? Through these scrolls, it will be done, for each scroll contains a principle which will drive a bad habit from my life and replace it with one which will bring me closer to success. For it is another of nature’s laws that only a habit can subdue another habit. So, in order for these written words to perform their chosen task, I must discipline myself with the first of my new habits, which is as follows:

I will read each scroll for thirty days in this prescribed manner, before I proceed to the next scroll.

First, I will read the words in silence when I arise. Then, I will read the words in silence after I have partaken of my midday meal. Last, I will read the words again just before I retire at day’s end, and most important, on this occasion I will read the words aloud.

On the next day I will repeat this procedure, and I will continue in like manner for thirty days. Then, I will turn to the next scroll and repeat this procedure for another thirty days. I will continue in this manner until I have lived with each scroll for thirty days and my reading has become habit.

And what will be accomplished with this habit? Herein lies the hidden secret of all man’s accomplishments. As I repeat the words daily they will soon become a part of my active mind, but more important, they will also seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend.

As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow.

Eventually, I will find myself reacting to all situations which confront me as I was commanded in the scrolls to react, and soon these actions and reactions will become easy to perform, for any act with practice becomes easy.

Thus a new and good habit is born, for when an act becomes easy through constant repetition it becomes a pleasure to perform and if it is a pleasure to perform it is man’s nature to perform it often. When I perform it often it becomes a habit and I become its slave and since it is a good habit this is my will.

Today I begin a new life.

And I make a solemn oath to myself that nothing will retard my new life’s growth. I will lose not a day from these readings for that day cannot be retrieved nor can I substitute another for it. I must not, I will not, break this habit of daily reading from these scrolls and, in truth, the few moments spent each day on this new habit are but a small price to pay for the happiness and success that will be mine.

As I read and re-read the words in these scrolls to follow, never will I allow the brevity of each scroll nor the simplicity of its words to cause me to treat the scroll’s message lightly. Thousands of grapes are pressed to fill one jar with wine, and the grapes skin and pulp are tossed to the birds. So it is with these grapes of wisdom from the ages. Much has been filtered and tossed to the wind. Only the pure truth lies distilled in the words to come. I will drink as instructed and spill not one drop. And the seed of success I will swallow.

Today my old skin has become as dust. I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life.


Makeda at WorldBeat Center

Makeda at WorldBeat Center

War will never end until we look deep within and realize Makeda at WorldBeat Centerwho is the real enemy and it is our unwholesome thoughts. Peace will never come until we realize that we must rid ourselves of greed, hatred, jealousy, division and selfishness.

We must take time be still. From the stillness we are able to listen and hear what is coming from within. Take time in the morning to look deeply within and program your day with positive affirmations and healing thoughts, surround yourself with light and basic goodness.

Pray for the world, your family and your community and yourself. Prayer is powerful. Throughout the day, before you get caught up your habitual energy of worrying or fixating on your computer, take time to pause and take three conscious breaths. This pause practice can transform each day of your life. It’s an open doorway to sacredness. It will let your mind relax and drop the storyline. And give you a chance to reconnect with the present moment. Be mindful of what you eat and drink during the day.

Remember “You are what you eat and you become what you think.

When you get home at night turn off the TV and read a mindfull book, something on consciousness or liberation. Take a nice bath, it’s always nice to read in the bathtub when you retire. Take time to review your whole day and look deep within. Look at how kind or unkind you were to people. Look at your anger, impatience and competitiveness.

Pray and say you’re sorry to that person in your prayers or face to face.

Always practice forgiveness and please don’t carry a grudge. It is probably another misunderstanding.

We need to practice deep listening within our families and with other people. We don’t need to win every conflict, just realize it’s a misunderstanding and drop the storyline. No one wins in war. There is war and misunderstanding in our communities all over the world.

At this time I would like to give my deep love and condolence to Luciano and his family. There was a shootout at his residence 3 police were wounded and his bodyguard shot dead. No one wins in war.

Please join me on this fast for external and internal cleansing. Tomorrow we’ll talk more about fasting.

One Perfect Love.




Makeda Cheatom

Makeda Cheatom

Makeda Cheatom

MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO, Makeda “Dread” Cheatom founded the WorldBeat Center (WBC) in Balboa Park and began hosting the 91X Sunday-night Reggae Makossa program. Her goal—fostering a broader appreciation of various cultures—resonates both locally and globally.
Dedicated to presenting and preserving African and indigenous cultures, the WBC welcomes visitors of all ages with low-cost classes and presentations in dance, drumming and art, including classes for the developmentally disabled. Its Day of the Drum Global Music and Dance Festival is October 8. The center’s garden is a springboard for school projects in collaboration with local organic farmers and the Ocean Beach People’s Co-op.

Growing up in Barrio Logan during the 1950s, Cheatom learned the importance of community. A child of alcoholic parents, she assumed an adult role at a young age. “No one read to me, but I had a lot of mamas,” she says. The migrant workers of Barrio Logan took care of her as a girl. “One lady put tamales in my mailbox,” Cheatom says. “Another gave me money to catch the bus.”

With training in culinary arts from San Diego Mesa College, Cheatom opened the Prophet vegetarian restaurant in the 1970s. The Prophet, now in-house during WBC’s celebrations, was then located on University Avenue and attracted well-known patrons such as Gloria Swanson and George Harrison of the Beatles. “George got mad at me because I wouldn’t let him smoke,” Cheatom says.

Today, with 25 years as a radio personality (she is also on and; hosting each show once a week in addition to Reggae Makossa on 91X), Cheatom is an influential role model. “I’m godmother to thousands of children. When I’m on the radio, I’m talking to my kids,” she says.

Youth have a resounding place at the WBC; they learn public relations skills, stage lighting and video, and they assist in producing shows. A teen group built its own sound studio at the center, which also has radio and TV stations, as well as a recording label.

In 2005, Cheatom founded the Give a Hug Foundation after visiting an orphanage in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. In addition to the orphanage, beneficiaries include Hurricane Katrina victims, a Burmese preschool in Thailand, refugees in Ghana, a library in Costa Chica, Mexico, and a cultural center in Peru.

“Helping others makes me less greedy,” Cheatom says. “People should try it; it’s a good antidote. You’re supported by a sacred energy. We’re taught that happiness is outside, in acquiring. Be still and look at what’s inside.”


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Makeda “Dread” Cheatom is the Executive Director of Prophet Productions, non-profit organization with a 23-year history of promoting World Music. She is founder of San Diego’s Bob Marley Day — a yearly event held at the San Diego Sports arena that draws over 12,000 people. She has devoted her life to healing the wounds of racial injustice through the power of music, art, dance and cultural education. She was the founder of the Prophet Vegetarian restaurant, which was known internationally for its unique world cuisine. Makeda has hosted the highest rated radio show in Southern California, the Reggae Makossa Show on 91X, for 19 years. Currently she is Executive Director of The WorldBeat Center in Balboa Park. She recently returned from a visit to Cuba where she met with Fidel Castro and The Minister of Arts and Culture to discuss an ongoing artistic collaboration. The first of that series, African Spirits in America, will be “The Spirits of Havana.” Upcoming groups to be showcased come from Haiti, Trinidad, Brazil, Jamaica, and throughout the Americas. 




     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’.