has many Rastafarians, in short 'Rasta'. Rastas are people of a local
religion that has become very popular internationally.
are members of a Jamaican messianic movement dating back to the 1930s.
According to the Rastafarian belief, the only true God is the late Ethiopian
emperor HAILE SELASSIE (originally known as Ras Tafari), and Ethiopia
is the true Zion. Rastafarians claim that white Christian preachers and
missionaries have perverted the Scriptures to conceal the fact that Adam
and Jesus were black. Their rituals include the use of marijuana, Nyahbingi
drumming and the
chanting of revivalist hymns. Reggae Music is the popular music of the
movement. The Rastafarians, who stress black separatism, have exercised
some political influence in Jamaica.
Rastas are unique to most tourists as they have very long hair in a 'Dreadlock
are video clips of an elder rasta by the name Iyah V in an interview regarding rasta and
music in particular Reggae and his involvement in Bob Marley Birthday Bash
over the years. Iyah V speak on behalf of rasta culture and movement
at the 2013 press launch of the Bob Marley Birthday Bash.
Marley is one of the most famous and popular Rastafarian. He is the undisputed
King of Reggae Music.
Bob Marley, b. Robert Nesta Marley in St. Ann, Jamaica, Feb. 6, 1945,
d. May 11, 1981, took Reggae out of Jamaica and disseminated it to the
world in 1964. Marley formed his vocal group the Wailers (then Wailin'
Wailers or Wailin' Rudeboys), which included Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone,
both of whom went on to enjoy solo careers. Their first hit, "Simmer
Down", was followed by a string of Caribbean chart-toppers, and by
1972 the group had recorded four Jamaican albums. In 1967, Marley converted
to the Rastafarian religion, which became a dominant theme in his music.
Marley became a songwriter for Johnny Nash in 1972, giving him the first
reggae-flavored international hit with "Stir It Up!" Bob Marley
and the Wailers' critically acclaimed American debut album Catch a Fire,
and its follow up, Burnin' (which contained the subsequent hits "Get
Up, Stand Up" and "I Shot the Sheriff" - popularized by
Eric Clapton), were both released in 1973. Later albums including Natty
Dread (1975), Rastaman Vibration (1976), and Uprising (1981), won Marley
international audiences. His work influenced countless reggae and pop
artists in the United States and Britain, where reggae remains especially