What is it about Jamaica, Ras Tafari and Reggae music? What is the connection to the people? All of the people! Japan, China, Brazil, Africa, Europe, Australia & New Zeland, The US & Canada all have pockets, provinces, states, towns and cities that jam reggae music daily! This is not news to anyone worldwide.
I believe that it is the “root” of the music. I believe that it is in the clarity of the drum and the bass. Something about those two instruments can rock the joint. Then we produce a great keyboardist like the late, legendary, jazz master Jackie Mitto who did things on a keyboard that further elevated the music right from the Ska era right through to Rocksteady and Reggae, leaving a legacy for so many others to follow.
What does that really mean? We hear it in so much of the music in reggae and other genre as well. Same message, day in day out, year in year out! The “message” isn’t getting to the right people? Could it be that the message is wrong? Is peace and love a pipe dream for some of us sheep who keep praying for a better day? “Betta mus’ come” attitude that many focus on in times of strife, believing that the sun will always come out?! Peter believed that that concept was a pile of crap anyway. “Equal Rights and Justice” was his message! A far more practical message since we are aware that from our biblical teachings that Cain killed Abel (his own brother, Adam and Eve’s sons) that neither peace nor love was ever in store for this life form from the get go. It is an impossible concept for humanity. That’s what I took from that parable anyway which some may consider as a cynical approach yet I say for the 2016 or so years since that time, we have found numerous ways to hate and to war. “Proof in the pudding”! Without the biblical references the results are still the exact same.
Equal Rights & Justice ~ Peter Tosh
Seems to be probably the more impossible option of the two because it puts the onus on individuals to exact equal rights and justice to each and every individual that we meet…all 8 billion of us! Each person is accountable for him or herself. You hate or love because YOU choose those options and not led like moronic sheep to hate and fear one race or one religion or a specific skin color. Yet I know that this does not suit the systemic agenda but it is the path that I personally choose to follow. Every life deserves the same respect as the next life which includes plant life, animals, insects or humans. Not one of those is above any other and humanity should dictate that. That should be our message.
Joss Stone is a wonderful artist and person I’m sure yet she aint no reggae artist of ANY year, no matter which biased, racist publication named her as such or invented the criteria based on “sales” as to why she was chosen. What these chumps don’t tell you is that they do not count or recognize or promote any other reggae from any other place, so that they can get the results that they wish and put a white face beside reggae music. The eternal ‘subliminal’ message of ‘whiteyfying’ another aspect of black culture that we have all seen SEVERAL times before, decade after decade!
The success of the music is in the spirit of the people! In the spirituality of the music! They will try and try yet they will never gentrify a music that glorifies a God. No, I’m not stuffing religion down anyone’s throat, I am clearly stating that reggae music is a spiritual music and those with no soul, will never be able to feel it and deliver it. They will forever try but they will never rule reggae music. Memba dat!
Stand fast, be bold, be proud and allow the vibe and the spirit to flow.