IQulah Rastafari Giddeon Family presents Rasta Village in association with the Rasatafari Andahnet Center (St Ann, Jamaica) and the Ethiopian World Federation.

Hosted by Iqulah Rastafari –  Iqulah is the president of EWF Charter 17 in his home of St. Ann, Jamaica and has been a International Chaplin for the last 3yrs

Rastafari is rightly associated with Jamaica for defending Emperor Haile Selassie the First. The island of Jamaica gave birth to the movement in the 1930s. Rastafari is an Abrahamic faith that adheres to much of The Bible, though Rastafaris worship Haile Selassie I, former emperor of Ethiopia.

Rastafari culture rejects many of the conditions of modern society they consider degenerate, including materialism, oppression and sensual pleasures. They refer to this corrupt version of society as “Babylon,” which is directly opposite of “Zion,” the promised land, often considered Ethiopia.

While many Rastas choose not to cut their hair, and wear dreadlocks, it is not an absolute for believers.

Rasta Village will be highlighting the way of life of the Rastafari movement. The Ethiopian World Federation will present a workshop on the works and times of HIM Haile Selassie 1st, the early rise of the Ras Tafari and the Ethiopian movements.

As you approach you’ll hear the traditional Nyabinghi drumming and chanting getting louder and the natural smell of the wood fire pit and Herb and Spice Garden

In the Village you’ll be surrounded by the Rastafarian life in motion and will see the principles of living in harmony with nature and the role of Haile Selassie I.

You have opportunity to witness food preparation through the Ital village kitchen, showing the vegetables, herbs and spices used in Rastafarian cooking, showing the nutritional and culinary importance of each ingredient

Including:

Drumming Work Shops
Ital Food Caterers
Craft Work Shops
Home Made Gifts
Chanting and Dance Work Shops
Meditation
Food

A herb library where your guide will explain the medicinal properties of the many herbs grown there and, in some cases, those which scientists are beginning to investigate for their use in scientific remedies.

A meditative temple where you can engage in your own private contemplation.

Throughout the proceedings there is a traditional drum and chanting session in the centre of the village. With Herbal tea and fresh fruit available to purchase whilst you listen or even join the join the drummers at the end of the session.

Traditional jewellery, clothing and herbal remedies are made and sold in the village.

About RASTAFARI ANDAHNET CENTRE,  JAMAICA

The Rastafari Andahnet Centre in St Ann, Jamaica was established by IQulah in the 1990s as a foundation for the wider rastafari community. The Andahnet Centre serves as a springboard for ones to develop new and existing skills. By equipping youth with a wider skill set this opens greater opportunities to create or gain meaningful employment.

From the Andahnet Centre, numerous programs have been launched, including a restaurant, farming and beekeeping program and a recording studio. Youth have a place to learn to play instruments and rehearse in groups. The result has produced a steady succession of talented musicians who have gone on to produce hits of their own, and to work with other leading singers in the industry.

About The Ethiopian World Federation

The major goal of The Ethiopian World Federation is inherent in the name of the organization. The Ethiopian (meaning all black people), World (everywhere), Federation (autonomous groups working together), desiring to do all we can to restore the continent of Ethiopia-Africa to her former state of complete independence and self-reliance thereby effecting a social and economic betterment of the race and humanity everywhere.

THE LAND GRANT: As a direct result of the support Ethiopia received from the black community in the West during the Italian invasion, the Emperor Haile Selassie I generously granted land in Shashemenne, Ethiopia to the EWF, Inc. for families of African Heritage in the Diaspora who desired to return to the motherland; with a promise to provide more land as needed. In 1970, the Emperor personally appointed Ras Marcus Selassie (Solomon Wolfe), then a Director of the EWF, Inc. Charter #43 in Kingston, Jamaica as Administrator of the Land Grant. He still maintains his post, living on the Land Grant in Ethiopia 

Nyahbingi Music


Music of the Rastafarian
In popular conception, the Rastafari faith is more closely associated with reggae than with any other music. Undoubtedly, much of roots reggae does have a solid foundation in the reasonings, or philosophy, of Rasta. It is a faith that is mystical, spiritual and staunchly Pan-Africanist; for the most part, roots reggae touts this line: Seminal reggae artists such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru and countless others actively cite the teachings of the Faith on their recordings. However the emphasis of reggae as the sole representation of Rasta is quite misleading. In fact, a certain number of “orthodox” locksmen will contend that Nyahbingi, rather than reggae, is the true Rasta music.

Nyahbingi as a Rastafarian lifestyle 
In Rasta overstanding, Nyahbingi is the mystical power of the Most High to mete justice throughout the universe. Although the genuine origin of the word that means “she possesses many things” is Ugandan, as a concept and theology, Nyahbingi has come down to the Rastaman to signify “death to the oppressors, both black and white”. Therefore, it is through prayer, music and biblical reasonings that the Rastaman chants bingi, calling on the forces of nature to destroy the powers of wickedness.

“…Storm, cyclone, tidal wave and all tempestuous roaring elements from creation to destroy the wicked nation and set Rastaman free…”

I hear the voice of the Rastaman say:
Babylon your throne gone down, gone down
Babylon your throne gone down.

Fly away home to Zion
Fly away home.
One bright morning when my work is over
I will fly away home

Lyrics reflect the want for universal justice, the Pan-Africanist’s estrangement from the Motherland, his yearning to establish a New Jerusalem in Africa and the ultimate wrath of JAH upon Babylon, the present-day Euro-colonialists and white supremacists.

Nyahbingi Drumming & Rhythms
The musical accompaniment consists of a heartbeat rhythm, played in 4/4 time on a trinity of drums. Only Rastamen are allowed to play drums at Nyahbingi. Anyone may play shaka, or shekere.

Thunder: This is the bottom of the bingi ensemble; there are rarely more than two thunder players at a gathering. It is a typical looking double-headed bass drum, played with a mallet. an open tone on “1” and a dampened stroke on “3”. Occasionally, the thunder player will syncopate the rhythm.

Funde: Although the funde often resembles a requinto, the
smallest conga used in Afro-Cuban music, the funde is
actually the middle drum used in Nyahbingi; it
maintains the dominant heartbeat rhythm as the
funde player makes steady, dampened strokes on “1&”
…“3&”; it is thus dually known as the heartbeat and
has the least improvisational role.

Repeater: The repeater, or akette, is the smallest and highest
pitched drum. It is somewhat of a single elongated
bongo. The drummer tends to play around “2 e & a”
and “4 e & a”, with a syncopated, rather than a
backbeat feel. These beats are important to the overall
feel of the Nyahbingi rhythm, but the repeater has a
very improvisational role in bingi because it is seen as
the carrier of spirit.

Shaka: The shekere, which is commonly found throughout
Africa, the Caribbean Latin America, has a place in
Nyahbingi. The shekere player has a somewhat flexible role: He/she has been known to play on “1”, “1&”, “1” and “3” or “1&”…“3&” [The following should be noted regarding the curious nomenclature of this instrument—Perhaps the word is a simple corruption of the proper pronunciation; and there is the possibility that it is a more calculated allusion to the Zulu word for fire, shaka.

Ital is Vital

Organic farming is a pressing political topic in Jamaica right now to consume local, organic food, With the clusters of glitzy, coast-hugging resorts who only import food from the states,  people worry about the rise of genetically modified organisms present in a lot of the mass produced food now found in grocery store.  But across the island, farmers, chefs, and campaigners are pioneering organic Rastafarian Ital farming practices, hoping to change the way fruit and vegetables are eaten.

Taking its title from ‘vita

l’, with the first letter cut off to play up the unity of the ‘I’, Ital is one of the core practices of the Rastafarian religion. In a move to reject Babylon—the western world—and to keep the body as virtuous and temple-like as possible, the Ital diet consists of fruit, vegetables, beans, rice, grains, ackee, and, often, no salt.

Ital was basically veganism before the term was even coined. Way before the days of quinoa granola, chia pots, cold-press juices, and raw zucchini “spaghetti,” Rastafarians across Jamaica were eating entirely plant-based, organic diets in order to reject impurities and welcome positive healthy substances.

The soil in Jamaica is the color of fire. A deep, rusty red that stains anything it touches with a ruddy, healthy tint. You can tell who the farmers are You know them by the brick red pigment so engrained in their feet and hands it has become the color of their skin.

Art Exhibition

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Bunny King Art Exhibition

Bunny King portraits of Reggae artists he has  over 200 images of the genre greats. Bunny King has exhibited from Jamaica to Scotland. With a Artist Residency in Scarborough,he is busy daily painting Reggae & Rastafarian artwork. Check out his Instagram page. @aerosolik

Future planned exhibitions with Big Youth & I Kong, in Jamaica. A Rastafarian exhibition at Fairfield House in Bath, where Haile Selassie I,was in exile from 1936 to 1942 because of Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia.Also ongoing artwork for Reggae Britannia & Tuff Gong International in 2017.

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Time Table

TIMEFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
10-12amMorning Chanting and Meditation Morning Chanting and MeditationMorning Chanting and Meditation
12-1pmNyahbingi Drumming and Opening Ceremony Nyahbingi Drumming and morning Ceremony Nyahbingi Drumming and morning Ceremony
1-2pmItal Food Workshop and presentation Ital Food Workshop and presentation Ital Food Workshop and presentation
2-3pmCraft Work ShopsCraft Work ShopsCraft Work Shops
3-4pmCraft Work ShopsCraft Work ShopsCraft Work Shops
4-5pmHerb and Spices Work ShopsHerb and Spices Work ShopsHerb and Spices Work Shops
5-6pmChanting and Dance Work ShopsChanting and Dance Work ShopsChanting and Dance Work Shops
6-7pmChanting and Dance Work ShopsChanting and Dance Work ShopsChanting and Dance Work Shops
7-8pmFire Pit ceremony Fire Pit ceremony Fire Pit ceremony
8-9pmFire Pit Drumming Ceremony Fire Pit Drumming Ceremony Fire Pit Drumming Ceremony
9-10pmFire Pit Drumming Ceremony Fire Pit Drumming Ceremony Fire Pit Drumming Ceremony
10-12pmMediation Mediatation Finish
12-2amFinish Finish