By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 10, 2020: A GoFundMe set up to raise money for the funeral of a Brooklyn-based reggae promoter has so far raised over US$14,000 or its US$12,000 goal.
Father German, born German Vera in Brooklyn, NY, was the co-founder of the Power Of Reggae, passed away on April 2nd from passed away from a cardiac arrest due to complications from Coronavirus in New York. He was 47 and was considered a pillar of the reggae community in New York.
Many flocked to social media to offer condolences at his passing. “Father German your giving encouragement and support of this culture will live on FOREVER. Rest Easy King,” wrote Haitian deejay Harry Djanite.
The bear-sized Brooklyn native was known for his selfless dedication to the advancement and recognition of reggae culture, and the warm spirit with which he did it.
POR grew its reputation through memorable live events and a Brooklyn basement radio station that regularly welcomes international superstars like Akon, Freddie Mcgregor, Skip Marley, Stonebwoy, Horace Andy, Carlton Livingston, Sammy Dreadlocks, Shinehead, Bugle, Bushman, Lutan Fyah, Warrior King, Lila Ike, Naomi Cowan, Kelissa, Aza Lineage, and Yaadcore, as well as countless local NYC-based artists, to whom “Fatha G’s” doors were always open.
Since its 2016 launch, not only has POR become a force in the genre, it also has also become a light in the community. German and Knxtti Chris began sponsoring awards ceremonies for entrepreneurs in Jamaica, block parties in South Africa, showcases for artists on the rise in lower Manhattan, and a list of charitable efforts.
Father German’s tireless works made POR a mainstay on the NYC reggae scene through sheer will and countless collaborations with artists, labels, promoters and venues which included Rototom’s NYC launch, Locs Festival, BB King’s, SOBs, Sony Music Hall, VP Records, VPAL Records, and Roots Collective NYC, among others.
Germans vision for POR was a unified community with a common love — Reggae Music! Father German’s vision was so huge and his works so extensive that even with him now in energy form, there is an abundance of work still to be seen! POR WILL PRESERVE HIS LEGACY! The works must continue…”
A live, strictly vinyl DJ set by Jonny Go Figure (Deadly Dragon Sound), dedicated to the livication of Father German, is planned for Friday evening, April 10th, at 7pm EST on Jonny’s Facebook and Instagram pages.