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Posts Tagged ‘Rastafari’

Roots and Culture #2

Second part of Roots and Cutllure mix featuring few of known musicians of the genre, such as Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Culture, Gregroy Isaac, Linval Thompson, and others.
Roots as a subgenre of reggae deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring Jah It also is identified with the life of the ghetto sufferer, and the rural poor. Lyrical themes include spirituality and religion, poverty, black pride, social issues, resistance to government and racial oppression, and repatriation to Africa.

tracklist
Gregory Isaacs – Babylon Too Rough
Sylford Walker – Burn Babylon
Dennis Brown – Rasta Children
John Holt – Police in Helicopter
Barrington Levy – Black Roses
Don Carlos – Mr Sun
Culture – Why am I a Rastaman
Sylford Walker – Chant down Babylon
Don Carlos – Oh girl
Hollie Cook – Milk and Honey
Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
Sylford Walker – Jah Golden Pen
Don Carlos – Young Girl
John Holt – Ghetto Queen
Tetrack – Only Jah Jah knows
Linval Thompson – Jah Jah man
Dennis Brown – Bubbling fountain
Don Carlos – Chant Down
Barrington Levy – Hypocrites
Dennis Brown – Natural Mystic
Linval Thompson – I Spy
Lizzard – Milk and Honey

Roots and Culture

In today’s musical podcast we are traveling back memory lane again, featuring Roots music
Roots as a subgenre of reggae deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring Jah It also is identified with the life of the ghetto sufferer, and the rural poor. Lyrical themes include spirituality and religion, poverty, black pride, social issues, resistance to government and racial oppression, and repatriation to Africa.

tracklist
Bob Marley -Forever Loving Jah
Mc Woner – No Fires It
Ronnie Davis – Strange Things
Bunny Wailer – Rise & Shine
African Princess – Jah Children
Dennis Brown – Revolution
Gregory Isaacs -Feeling Irie
Matthew Mcanuff – African Chanting
Enos McLeod -By The Look
Yabby You – Fire, Fire
African Son – Dread Red Dread
Don Carlos – Young Girl
African Brothers – Youths of Today
Billy Boyo – One Spliff a Day
Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile
Peter Broggs – International Farmer
Peter Tosh – Mystic Man
Alton Ellis – Rasta Spirit
Dawn Penn – You Don´t Love Me (No No No)
Fu Manchu – Dreamlets
Johnny Osbourne -Love is For Jah
Horace Andy & King Tubby -Zion Gate Dub
Mikey Dread – Roots & Culture

West Africa and Yemadas

Last night event organized by Africa House and Windarra Farm at Unity Pavilion in International Zone was initiated by Isis, volunteer from Benin, currently working with several NGO’s, on Agro Ecological Federation of Benin, at Family Jah – Rastafari Community. As Isis has soon found out that in Auroville the presence of African Culture is very poor, she shared with the community pieces of African culture from West Africa. With Windarra Farm team she has put all her energy to provide the dinner, and Yemadas concluded the night with world music.


Comments: 0 Date: 01 Feb 2013

Holly Mount Zion

For sister Sandrine and bredren Alex moving to Ethiopia was a matter of faith. For one to repatriate have to emancipate oneself from the mental slavery, from lust and vanity, … Holly Mount Zion is the reality – Ethiopia, and Shashamene the spot given from his majesty Haile Selasie to expatriots as a token of appreciation. Although it might look at the first glance that community is divided – still no matter what is their mansion, they’re singing the same song, they’re all rastafari and they all believe in the Dvinity of negus Haile Selasie.

In 1948 Emperor Haile Selassie I donated 500 acres (2.0 km2) of his private land to allow members of the Rastafari movement, Ethiopian World Federation (EWF) officers and members and other settlers from Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean to go to Africa. The return would be under the auspices of the EWF, founded in 1937 by the Emperor’s special emissary to Black America, Melaku E. Bayen[2]. The official letter confirming the “land grant” of 1948 was submitted to the members and executives of the Ethiopian World Federation in 1955 [3]. Following up on this, the first West Indian family and Federation members from Montserrat were Mr. James Piper and his wife Helen who arrived that same year as the first land grant administrators, returning to make a permanent settlement in 1955 on behalf of the Federation.[4]
In 1961, the Jamaican government sent a delegation composed of both Rastafari and non-Rastafarian leaders to Ethiopia to discuss the matter of repatriation, among other issues, with the Emperor. He reportedly told the Rastafarian delegation, “Tell the Brethren to be not dismayed, I personally will give my assistance in the matter of repatriation” [5]. The first actual Rastafarian brother and fellow settler, Gladstone Robinson, who was also an official delegate of the EWF, was sent to Shashemene on behalf of the organization in June, 1964, followed by Papa Noel Dyer, who hitchhiked and thus found his way to Ethiopia from England, eventually arriving in September, 1965. Mr. Robinson, however, would later be duly appointed as the land grant administrator by the Federation executive council in 1967 thus replacing Mr. Piper and his wife in Ethiopia [6].

On his 1966 visit to Jamaica, Haile Selassie reportedly encouraged Rastafarian leaders to repatriate to Shashemene, but stressed that there was still important work to do in liberating Jamaica. It was within a couple of years that a moderate trickle of Rastafarian immigrants began, with the population swelling past 2000 at one point. In fact, it was recently reported that their numbers have dwindled from more than 2,000 to fewer than 300 according to a recent CNN Interview with Dr. Robinson and other Rastafarian settlers in Ethiopia [7].
source – Wikipedia


Comments: 0 Date: 05 Nov 2011

Closer to God

Stories about repatriation of Black and Rasta people might sound similar yet each of them is a story in itself. However, from the spiritual aspect, though not visible at first , a common thread runs through all life’s faiths. The overwhelming experiences of first visits are similar. For Kathy and Winston it was closely connected by them being active members of Twelve Tribes, one of the largest Rasta organizations, and after first two months visit they decided to come “home” . They’re talking honestly about their life, blessings, problems..

Mansions of Rastafari are branches of the Rastafari movement. Mansions include the Bobo Shanti, the Niyabinghi, the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and others. The term is taken from the Biblical verse in John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.”The Twelve Tribes of Israel is a Rastafarian group founded in Kingston, Jamaica, and now functioning worldwide. Its founder, Vernon Carrington was known as Prophet Gad, and taught his students to read the Bible ‘A Chapter A Day’

The Nyahbinghi Order (also known as Haile Selassie I Theocratical Order of the Nyahbinghi Reign) is the oldest of all the Rastafari mansions[3] The term Niyabinghi means “black victory” (niya = black, binghi = victory). It may also be spelled in a variety of other ways, such as “Nyabinghi”, “Nyahbinghi”, “Niyahbinghi” and so on. It was first used to describe an East African possession cult located in the areas of south Uganda and north Rwanda in 1700 AD (Hopkins 259). Early missionaries and anthropologists named the Uganda/Rwanda clans, the Niyabinghi Cult, because their culture was based on the veneration of the goddess spirit, Niyabinghi . The Niyabinghi Cult is said to have thrived due to the possession of the goddess Niyabinghi through dance and religious seances.

Bobo Shanti
Prince Emanuel Charles Edwards founded the Bobo Shanti order in Jamaica in 1958[1]. The new Bobo Shanti leader is Trevor Stewart. The Bobo Shanti use Revelations 5 to justify Prince Emmanuel as the re-incarnate of the Christ. He is regarded as the reincarnate Black Christ in a priestly state. He was called “Prince Emmanuel Charles Edwards by most members of the Bobo Shanti, without Mother or Father, a Priest of Melchezidek, the Black Christ in the Flesh.” He, along with Haile Selassie are seen as Gods. Marcus Garvey is regarded as a prophet, and the three are seen as a Holy Trinity. The Bobo Shanti believe that there should be repatriation of all black people to Africa. In addition the Bobo Shanti order also believe that black people should be reimbursed monetarily for slavery.

Rastafarians regard ‘Ethiopia’ as their homeland and believe they will eventually return.

During periods of colonisation Africans were divided up and sent to destinations throughout the world, in most cases as slaves to whites. This is why many Africans found themselves in Jamaica and why it is regarded by many Rastafarians as hell.

‘Ethiopia’, the homeland, was seen as a place of fond memories of freedom and life prior to oppression. This meant it eventually became regarded as heaven. To develop this belief Rastafarians refer to Psalm 137 v. 1:

By the Rivers of Babylon we sat down; there we wept when we remembered Zion.

Psalm 137


Comments: 0 Date: 04 Nov 2011
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