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Soul Jazz Records Chart The Story of Rastafarian Music

Discover how Rastafarianism became synonymous with Reggae in Soul Jazz Record’s fascinating new release…

Following the release of their DVD collection on Haitian culture, Soul Jazz continue in their celebration of the musics of the world, this time in the form of double LP Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83.

The compilation charts Rastafarianism’s integration into Jamaican music, from Lord Lebby and the Jamaican Calypsonians’ 1955 recording ‘Etheopia’ to its global spread in the mid 60s-70s through the likes of Sun Ra and Bob Marley. Covering everything from calypso to ska to roots reggae, the compilation features music from drumming figurehead Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Son of Negus, Bongo Herman and many more.

Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 and an accompanying 40+ page booklet will be available on 31 July via Soul Jazz Records.

via The Vinyl Factory