In the world of Reggae and Rastafarianism, everyone knows the honourable name of Haile Selassie. After the late Ethiopian emperor’s visit to Jamaica in 1966, he brought with him an ideology, ethos and movement from the African continent that would change Caribbean culture forever.
This newfound sense of spirituality from Selassie’s visit, alongside increasing political and social unrest within Jamaica, heralded a much desired transformation in Jamaica.
With artists including Bob Marley, Horace Andy and Johnny Clarke shining light upon topical issues including oppression, repatriation, black pride and religion, Reggae music came to be not just a musical genre, but a receptacle of the trials and tribulations of each and every Jamaican.
To honour the genre that gave birth to so many more, here at Jet Star, we’ve compiled a collection of some of the greatest ‘Roots and Culture’ classics from ‘Black Man’s Pride’ by Alton Ellis through to Peter Hunnigale’s ‘African Tears’ and ‘Dread Out There’ by Freddie McGregor.
‘Roots and Culture’ is available to stream or download now.
You can also stream the continuous DJ mix on YouTube here.