A big up to my brethren Jah B who I know is returning from a very successful “Martyrs Day” event of which he himself initiated in Jamaica. Although this actual event took place on the 19th Feb, I can’t help but to prolong it’s lease of life by giving it a mention in this “Black History Month” period, especially in light of today being the 51st anniversary since the assassination of Malcolm X. Yes, we have more to follow within this week. A few days from now will be the 4th year since the slaying of Trayvon Martin, who would have been a grown 21 year man if he had lived this month, also.
And you think Nelson Mandela holds the record of years being incarcerated. Well, we have got to consider, Albert Woodfox, who was imprisoned for 43 years, most of which was solitary confinement. Albert, was released two days ago, age 69. The question is, will he reach to 95 years, like Mandela? Make no mistake, this is all part of Black History Month… And finally, well for now, a shout out to our former lead guitarist, Donovan McKitty. Blessings mi brethren, blessings…
Here is a Tribute To Rosa Parks, because it was on this day, December 1st, 1955, yes, 60 years ago, that she was arrested for not giving up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
A two hundred and eighty one day boycotting took place immediately afterwards. To make a long story short, it was out of this event and experience, spun the web of the Civil Rights Movement that gave birth to the world’s introduction to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is the 3rd anniversary of his slaying. This incident took place at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida in the mid evening of Friday, November 23rd 2012. If you can remember it was only 9 months prior to this incident that Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida, was also fatally shot. Please keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming documentary of Ron Davis, the father of 17 year old Jordan. The film tells the story of parents that have been subjected to these kinds of circumstances.
The programme is titled ’3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets’.
May peace be with us all as we continue to find Love and Justice through Music.
DREADTOWN director Yoni Gal has followed the band all over the world and gathered hours of archive footage and music never seen or heard before. We have now launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds needed to complete Dreadtown. We can do it with your help: visit the campaign here and pick up one of our exclusive Dreadtown perks! There’s some very special, unique items on there that we can’t wait to share with you.
For you, our most loyal fans, we have two items at a special EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: get them before they sell out! See the movie online before anyone else for just $15 instead of $20 or get the ultimate Dreadtown fan package for $100 instead of $125.
“DREADTOWN has been a true eye opener for us during its development and a real adventure as the story unfolds from the mouths of those who we’ve inspired and those who have inspired us throughout our 40 year career. Having you, the fans to be part of this makes us feel deeply honoured and thrilled that you will be wholeheartedly committing yourselves to this cause of which you were the catalyst, in the first instance. You have chosen our path of Universal Love and Justice through music. And because of this we have managed to survive, no matter how painstaking it became at times, to have this 40-year legacy. So please continue to support us and our director Yoni, and the production team through thick and thin. Crowdfunding are friends we can lean on. Thanking you in advance to aid us constructing DREADTOWN.” - David Hinds
“There’s no music that can unite the people like Reggae music,” – said David Hinds at the 1st Diaspora African Rastafari Congress (DARC) Awards held at the Golden Terrace Banquet Hall in Queens, New York.
Hinds received the HIM Liberation Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for his legendary contribution to reggae music and the Rastafari community worldwide.
Also present at the celebration were His Imperial Highness, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, grandson of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, Monty Howell, the grandson of Leonard Percival Howell, considered the “First Rastaman,” and Dr. Asantewaa Oppong Wadie.
DARC Foundation Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EST) RICHMOND HILL, NY
Every year during the time of the Great Coronation, the RasTafari nation commemorates the occasion with a variety of celebrations. This year the Diaspora African RasTafari Congress presents a regal Ethiophile Banquet and Awards ceremony.
This event not only pays homage to African Zion Divine Negus Nägäst but also commemorates the birth of the Great RasTafari nation as well as the revelation of the Sirius star system to the Western World. During the event we recognize the works of our peers within the global Pan-African community, and congregate in a united and exemplary manor that befits the moral integrity of Royal Ethiopian subjects.
The mission of the Diaspora African Rastafari Congress of the Americas (DARC) is to promote and preserve the advancement of Rastafari through social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological ventures. The purpose is to provide sustainable outlets for the African community globally that will advocate the right to return to our African homeland; to protect the self-determination of the movement; and to engender selfless public service while safeguarding African culture and tradition.
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!