Miami (September 11, 2006)–Oneal West, owner of Team Force Audio, is known for his love of Reggae music–it’s been a part of his life since he was a kid growing up in Kingston, Jamaica. Ironically, one of his fondest memories of the legendary Bob Marley is not hearing his music but rather going to a local field to watch his Uncle play soccer with Marley.
Oneal West, owner of Team Force Audio”We had no idea at the time he was as big as he was,” West said. These days, he’s still a part of the reggae scene with his audio company, which sports a sizable contingent of McCauley loudspeakers.
Team Force Audio, based in Miami, which West emigrated to when he was 19, owns 24 MLA3’s, 16 M19’s, 4 MS1’s and 24 SA188’s. “We plan on getting a set of MLA6’s in the future,” West explained. “Reggae is a heavy and loud music and to get the SPL we need, we require a system that is very strong. The McCauley system definitely delivered what we were looking for.”
Among Team Force’s most notable gigs is the 2005 AFRICA UNITE concert that was held in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to celebrate Marley’s 60th birthday. It was the first time that Marley’s birthday had been celebrated outside of Jamaica and the concert played to a crowd of over 200,000. Team Force provided both the audio and lighting services for the concert in historic Meskel Square. A recording of the live concert has been made available on CD and there are plans for a DVD.
West keeps very busy putting on events like the Eastern Park Way Parade in New York City, which is a huge Caribbean Calypso festival. He’s also there to help put on Miami’s Reggae Festivals which are the largest in the southeast United States that play to between 35,000 to 40,000 people. “It’s four nights of non-stop partying, so we need a system that is very strong and can stand up to the punishment of night after night music.”