All posts tagged: nyabinghi

Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83

The link between reggae music and Rastafarian culture is inextricable. This ambitious but incredibly informative compendium from Soul Jazz Records looks at that relationship between an art form and a belief system with a collection of righteous, highly devotional reggae music on record. With offerings from Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Earth & Stone and many more, this compilation covers the best part of 30 years where genuinely revolutionary releases were coming through. This collection is built from authentic snapshots of the culture and the music which surrounded it.   At the source of the music of Rastafari is the figurehead master drummer and leader Count Ossie, who first bought the deeply spiritual nyabinghi and burro rhythms heard and played at sacred Rastafarian grounation (reasoning) sessions into popular Jamaican music through his many collaborations and performances with artists – from The Skatalites to The Folks Brothers – and producers – including Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Harry Mudie. At the start of the 1970s Count Ossie formed the Mystic Revelation of …