The Ethiopian New Year

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And it’s the year 2008 in Ethiopia, today.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ETHIOPIANS, AT HOME OR ABROAD.

This day has many other significances, including the death of Peter McIntosh and all those that suffered at the hands of 9/11, that negative milestone in American history.

Anyway folks, enjoy this day knowing that you are part of the equation when it comes to cultures being educated about each other.

Tribute to Rico Rodriguez (1934-2015)

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Rico Rodriguez, trombonist, was part of the backbone to the development of reggae music, ever since the genre itself was in its earliest stage as Blue Beat and Ska. His style derived from the Jazz music that was coming out of the USA.

We are delighted and proud that we encountered an experience with this individual, when he performed on trombone, along with “Satch” (trumpet) and Dick Cuthrie (saxophone), on our Tribute To The Martyrs album. This album has always been recognised by our hardcore fans as being one of our best efforts.

To our fans out there, Rico, a student at the Alpha Boys Music School, in Kingston JA, was born in1934, in Havanna, Cuba.

A big up to the UB40 crew, too. Rico, a Ras that no one could separate from his spiff, once said to me that the first time he every received any decent and consistent money in this business was when he teamed up and went on tour with UB40. He said, “The man dem a look after me good, Dread!! The man dem a look after me good!”

So to the “Man from Wareika,” Jah guidances through your transition.  A milestone!