Nov 26, 2014
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Posts tagged: Rastafarianism

Dread Inna Babylon: Watty Burnett In Suburbia

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Karsten Moran—

Watty Burnett Congos

Rastafarians as a rule take great effort to avoid Babylon. The Congos’ Watty Burnett, however, does most of his shopping in Babylon… Babylon, Long Island that is. This, we learn, in a surprising and entertaining profile on Burnett in Sunday’s New York Times, which, among other things, seizes on the incongruousness of a famed Rastafarian musician living in close proximity to a town whose name symbolizes all that is wicked in Rasta lore. Here’s one particularly amusing anecdote:

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LargeUp TV: Snoop Lion on Bunny Wailer

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo Courtesy of Andrew Bain—

Bunny Wailer and Snoop Lion

Bunny Wailer’s gripes with Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion and his representation of Rastafari culture have become a hot topic recently, even making gossip website TMZ. “Fire will bun fi him,” the site suggested—props on your patois, Harvey—if Snoop doesn’t make things right with Bunny and the Rastafari Millennium Council, which has also aired grievances with Snoop and his Vice-produced Reincarnated documentary—and asked him to stop calling himself “Lion.”

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Impressions: A St. Mary Mi Come From, Capleton’s Gift to Jamaica

Words and Photos by Martei Korley—

Originally Capleton’s annual A St. Mary Mi Come From concert was scheduled for August 5, the eve before Jamaica’s 50th Independence Day. But that was before Hurricane Allen decided to pass by, and drop wind and water en masse (not to mention rolling power outages) on the entire island. Rumors of an October rain date circulated for a while, but fortunately the 18 of August was chosen instead. Where the original date was a wash-out, this date was definitely tun-up! LargeUp made the journey again and arrived just in time to see Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who was in the country in celebration of the 125th Birthday of his father. Standing on stage with the Fireman himself, he said: “Big Up to all Rastaman, dem keep the memory of Marcus Garvey alive — Nuff Respect!”

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Homecoming King: Jamaica Honors Marcus Garvey On His 125th Birthday

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Big tings a gwaan in the movement to recognize the accomplishments and life of Marcus Garvey. Jamaica will honor the father of the pan-Africanism movement, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and inspiration for the Rastafari movement by posthumously awarding him the keys to the city of Kingston, in a ceremony marking his 125th birthday today. Dr. Julius Garvey, Garvey’s son, is currently in Jamaica on a four-day tour that will also see the launch of a Marcus Mosiah Garvey mobile museum, and will accept the ceremonial token on his father’s behalf.

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Fashion Fridays: G-Shock Goes Red, Gold and Green

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Soul Culture

Watchmaker G-Shock is the latest brand to unveil a Rastafarian-themed product in a red, gold (in this case it’s more on the yellow side) and green colorway. Such items tend to inspire conflicted reactions. On one hand, here you have another corporation exploiting something with deep cultural significance without forging any obvious connection with that community. On the other hand, no one owns a color combination and a clothing/accessories company’s job is to make and sell things that look good, which red, gold/yellow and green often does. We might have advised G-Shock to dub their new line something other than the “Rastafarian Series” but we can’t deny that, aesthetically, these look pretty good. Tell us your take on the watches in the comments.

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