Like I said, I would be back in regards to the AU’s 50th Anniversary celebration. But first, I must confess that I have been bugging out for a long time to give you the names on this photograph of all the heads of State that attended the OAU, May 25th 1963. Come to find out that this actual pic was taken some four years later in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. This was the Eastern Central African Leaders Summit. So that explains why Kwame Nkrumah, “Father of Africa” was not present and why Jomo Kenyatta, the original “Burning Spear” was present, because Kenya was yet to attain its independence, not until some 7 months later. You can’t image how I have been racking my brain over this shot. It just wasn’t stacking up…. now we know.
The photograph actual consists of 13 as opposed to 12 people. So correct me if I am wrong, but reading from left to right, leaving out the man whose shoulder’s in the frame, Back Row:
1. CHAD- Francois Tombalbaya
2. UGANDA- Milton Obote
3. TANZANIA- Julius Nyerere
4. ZAMBIA- Kenneth Kuanda
5. SOMALIA- Mohammed Ibrahim Egal
Front Row, from Left to right:
7. RWANDA- Gregoire Kayibanda
8. CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC-Jean V Bokassa
9. ETHIOPIA- H.I.M Emperor Haile Sellassie I
10. KENYA- Jomo Kenyatta
11. SUDAN- Ismail Al-Azhari
12. CONGO- Joseph Desire Mobutu.
To all our fans out there please let me know who is the missing leader (6) in the dark glasses and who’s the leader with only his left shoulder, visible. Also if it is possible for anyone to search and find the images of the original line up outside the OAU in Addis Ababa, in 1963.
One more thing, we would like to let our Ethiopian fans know that Steel Pulse made a desperate attempt to be part of this glorious event. However, there was a lot of crossed wires and indecision that made it impossible for us to make our flights on time to do our performance. Please don’t see this as us failing you. We are trying our utmost to be there for you before the year’s out. It will be our first time to the “Promise Land.” We are looking forward to seeing y’all.
This great day has finally arrived. This great day has finally come upon us. This great day has been witnessed by the whole world, especially us of the African Diaspora. This great day is May 25th 2013, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of Africa Unity, which is known today as the AU.
Our story, not history is in the makings where all of Africa will sit together as we did 50 years ago (attended by 32 African heads of State), to take a serious and critical view of the current and future position of the Mother Land.
All the best for the event that is hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, the place of the organisation’s origin. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma spearheads this. Congratulations to you, too, Dr.
There’s more to follow but in the meantime “Enjoy the Celebration.” Rastafari Live.
This is a tribute to one of Jamaica’s greatest musical icons, Muhammad Yusef Ali (yes he is a knock out), better known as Cecil Bustamante Campbell (yes, he should have been Jamaica’s first Prime Minister), even better known as “Prince Buster.”
Prince Buster, Jamaica’s first super star, turns 75 years old, today (May 24th 2013).
My spirit weighs heavy with sadness today. I just learned that a dear friend of mine, Sister Ayanna Ade, passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning after a sudden, short and heavy battle with cancer.
Our condolences go out to her friends, colleagues and family, especially her son Samora. Please keep us posted as to what will be happening.
Bless up this special day, Malcolm X, we’ll never forget you:
X-RESURRECTION by Steel Pulse
Born in Omaha Nebraska
May 19 Year 25
Was the son of a Garvey teacher
We will keep his name alive
Youthful years were full of adventure
Drifted to a life of crime
In jail he learned to be our leader
Thank God he was released on time
Spoke out against Jim Crows injustice
And never turned the other cheek
There’s no room for non violent protest
Yes these words were what he preached
Taught us bout Pan Africanism
To put my people back on their feet
Take whats ours robbed by the system
He said by any means
Let Malcom live through us
Black liberation is a must
They have tried to rid his name
From history books and magazines
They even tried to criticize
His greatness and philosophy
Against all kinds of exploitation
For all of us he bore the pain
We won’t let him be forgotten
No he did not die in vain
Put away the misconception That he came to teach us hate
So Wake up from your sleep and slumber
Wake up before its too late
We need to resurrect that spirit
A lease of life the people need
To fight resistance from the system
He said by any means
Live Malcom live through us
Black liberation is a must
By any means by any means
By any means necessary
Raspect: Thanks to Malcolm X, we keep on growing, keep on learning.
We are here in Peru tonight, 16th May 2013. This is a tribute night for UK radio DJ, John Peel who died right here 8 years ago.
For those unfamiliar with John Peel, he was the Radio 1 DJ who played a major role in breaking British Reggae to the public. It was at a time when reggae was very much shunned from national radio and got little to no exposure in any of the music advertising media that was out there.
John found a loop hole in the system whereas there was a limitation to the amount of airplay reggae was to get, it did not out rule the idea of having the music performed live on the radio. So British reggae upon went live – with versions of the studio songs that Radio 1 were refusing to play.
John, this is to let you know that your efforts will never be forgotten. The restrictions and barriers on our music was going on far too long. You had the courage and ingenuity to out-think your employers at RADIO 1. For that we remain grateful, always.
May 10th is also the National Day for the Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade in France. This has been commemorated for the 7th year now, this year.
As a matter of fact, although slavery was abolished by the French in 1794 when it became a republic, the effect did not come into reality until some 54 years later, in 1848. This came about after a series of uprisings throughout the colonies, especially in Guadeloupe. One of the main characters was Victor Schoelcher, a French abolitionist writer and the main spokesman for an abolitionist group from Paris. He formed an abolition society in 1834, working for the abolition of slavery on the Caribbean islands. His program to continue publishing articles against such atrocities started in 1833 ’til 1847.
Exactly four years and two months after his release from Victor Verster prison, May 10th 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first black African democratically elected President of South Africa. This was the beginning of a “Government of National Unity.”
This eventful day was attended by over 4,000 guests and was witnessed across the world by at least a billion viewers.
These were trying times. I never thought I would live to see the demolition of the Berlin Wall or the first Black president of the USA or even the release of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. So this one is for the non-believers; “Faith DOES move mountains.”
I’m sad to announce that Cedric Brooks, of the legendary Skatalites band, passed away last Friday, 3rd May 2013. He was 70 years of age. Before he joined the Skatalites, Brooks was renowned for his work with Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari and the Light of Saba. He began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing on Burning Spear’s “Door Peep.”
Our condolences to the only surviving band member, Lester Sterling and also Cedric’s sisters and seven children.
More information on the brilliant Cedric Brooks here >>