Roots Reggae & Rebellion

British rapper, poet and political commentator Akala visits Jamaica to examine the cultural and sociological significance of Rastafari and its music.

It’s a complicated synergy of the Old Testament and the teachings of pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey who predicted in the 1920s that “a black king shall be crowned in Africa” ushering in a “day of deliverance.” When the Ethiopian prince Ras Tafari – who was also known as Haile Selassie I – became Emperor in 1930, the descendants of slaves in Jamaica took this as proof that Garvey’s prophecy had come true.



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