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Rasta Month hailed as success

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior reporter

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

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The second Rasta Month, which covered the Rastafarian faith's impact on Jamaican culture, met its objectives according to Maxine Stowe, spokesperson for organisers, the Rastafarian Millennium Council.

There were nine events during April, ending Sunday with the Dis Poem Wordz and Agro Festival at Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland.

“The whole month was used to focus on activism in the community. Then there was His Majesty's visit and Jah B's Earthstrong,” Stowe told the Jamaica Observer.

His Majesty refers to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I who visited Jamaica for three days, starting April 21 in 1966. Events at Jamnesia in Bull Bay, St Andrew, and Bournemouth Beach Park in East Kingston commemorated that historic event.

Bunny “Jah B” Wailer observed his 71st birthday on April 10, also at Bournemouth Beach Park. The Grammy-winning singer is part of a group reviving that location which was once a popular attraction for musicians and the hip crowd.

Wailer was part of the Jamnesia event on April 20 which focused on the economic and spiritual spinoffs of ganja. It also had a musical component with performances from Earl “Chinna” Smith and his Binghistra group; singer Max Romeo and musician Ras Michael Jr.

Two days later, Wailer observed the 40th anniversary of the One Love Peace Concert with the One Love One Step People's Summit at Bournemouth Beach Park. Speakers included Jerry Small, who gave a detailed account of incidents that led to the April 22, 1978 show that featured top acts such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

Parliamentarian and government minister Mike Henry addressed the issue of reparations for descendants of Africans brought to the West Indies as slaves by the British Crown.

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