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.
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.
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“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!
Yesterday was also the 60th anniversary of his death. Sixty years on and very little has changed in the Deep South of the US.
Emmitt, then aged 14, was taken out of the house of his relatives in the middle of the night while on vacation in Mississippi. Reason? It was said that he made some kind of pass to a white woman earlier that day. His corpse was later found with his face badly mutilated. When the body was return back to his home town, Chicago, his mother had him paraded in an open casket for the whole world to see.
Yes, August 28, 1955 was a sad day in America’s history.
Now, with the more recent death of Trayvon Martin and the never-ending stream of homicides of young black youths at the hands of a militarized police, we have tension once again in the streets.
This question is to each and everyone: are we witnessing the compound aftermath and effects of slavery and colonialism in today’s society?
As Dr Martin Luther King, who we respect for being an advocate that brought about the voting rights for Afro Americans, 50 years ago, this month, would say, “Let Freedom Ring.”
It has been half a year since Ras Gerry made his transition and he is still very much missed by us. I’m only so happy to have linked with him and had that chance to see him at his favorite pastime; playing the steel pans. The rehearsal he had with his local band in Orlando, completely held my attention.
Sadly, I was unable to attend the funeral that was held in Ft. Lauderdale due to a snow storm that had the airlines cancelled in NY.
Talking about vibes, out of NY’s 9,000,000 people, I was at a department store standing in line waiting to be served. Right next to me there was his sister whom I had never ever met, who heard my accent. Realizing I was a Jamaican, she turned around and went on to say that I reminded her so much of a brother she’d just buried. After a minute of exchanging details of his description, come to find out that before Ras Gerry had passed he had posted a photo of a stranger to his sister. She showed me the picture. Guess who the stranger was…???