<Inna my house, there’s a picture on the wall – Rastafari sit upon his throne – Happy Birthday Negusa Negast!; 10 sec.>
Rastafari Reggae. Don’t say Rastafarian. That is an ism and schism. Without His Imperial Majesty, Reggae would be reduced to AM pop hits, lovers rock and island novelty kitsch.
Tributes to the Head Creator (Ras Tafari in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia). That is what attracted me to Reggae around 1986. It still is what moves me today, pumping Reggae Radio 29 years later.
These songs are platonic love songs to a man revered for his commitment to Christianity, (as head of the Ethiopian Church), Africa (fought against Euro-colonialism) and poor Jamaicans alienated from a white Jesus.
- Ras Tafari
- Power of the Trinity (Haile Selassie in Amharic)
- Negusa Negast (King of Kings, Amharic) and the Lord of Lords
- Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah; 6 sec.
- Elect of God/Everliving God
- Earth’s Rightful Ruler
- Kibir la Amlak – Glory to Jah
The downtrodden in Jamaicas: the poor farmers and ghetto dwellers alike tended to be very religious. The only book they might have ever read was The Bible.
Jamaicans knew that Selassie was, like Jesus Christ, descended from the House of David. Black nationalist Marcus Garvey predicted, “Look to the East for a black man will be crowned. Thus signals the return of blacks from the New World back to Africa.
<to the Rastas: Jess-us not Jeezus; 24 sec.>
The Rastafari movement was born: 40 sec.
Sing praises unto Jah
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: July 22, 2017 – Selassie I Birthday Special; 64 sec.
- Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; 7” (Tuff Gong) ’75
<Jah Live – you can’t kill God; 24 sec.>
- Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Vinyl – (Marley) Dub Album of the Hour
- Naturalites – Picture On the Wall; Rub a Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ‘88
<Picture on the Wall: From SLC to So Cal to world wide; 67 sec.>
- Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
- Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie; Tear It Up: Live (Mango) ’82 London
- Cornell Campbell – Jah Jah Man; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 Fr.
- Culture – Calling Rastafari – Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ‘77
- Sister Carol –Conquering Lion + Mi Love the Father; Direct Hit (Catapult) 2001
- Errol Dunkley – Created by the Father; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘73
- Judah Eskender Tafari – Rastafari Tell You; Rastafari Tell You (Gussie P) ‘95
- Don Carlos – Just a Passing Glance + DJ version; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
- Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
- Silvertones – When Knotty Came; Clocktoer Classics (Clocktower/Abraham) 70’s
- Jennifer Lara – Jah Will Lead Us Home (Kingston Connexion) ‘79
- Rita Marley – Thank You Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
- Peter Tosh – Jah Say No; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’79
- Ijahman Levi – Jah Is No Secret; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78 Steve Winwood on organ
- Roots Radics – Death of Mr. Spock; Scientist & Jammy Strike Back (Trojan) ‘82 Dub Album of the Hour
Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital
- Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – People Love Jah Music; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK Joe Jackson prod’n
- Clint Eastwood – It Wasn’t Rasta; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK
- Meditations – Rastaman Prayer; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 UK Lee Perry mix
- African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK
- Bob Marley & the Wailers – Selassie Is the Chapel; Rebel (JAD) ‘ 68 gospel cover of the Orioles – Crying in the Chapel
- Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Get Up Jah Jah Children; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
- Burning Spear – Jah Is My Driver; Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
- Sinead O’Connor – Jah No Dead; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Burning Spear cover
<Jah no dead! 30 sec.>
- Judy Mowatt – King of Kings; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
- Aswad – In My Father’s House; Rebel Souls (Mango) ‘84
- Aisha – The Creator; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
Set 8: Mutant Dub
- African Head Charge – Rasta Don’t Fear; In Charge: Live in Japan (Beat) 2005 UK
- Alpha & Omega – Rasta Woman; King & Queen (Alpha & Omega) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox
- Singers & Players – Dungeon/Merchant Ship/Jah Army Band; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
- Dan-I & King Kietu – Hail Rastafari; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Italian
- Steve Harper – Jah Jah Never Fail I; Time Will Tell (BSI) 2001 Portland
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