The Rastafarians were the first reggae group that I experienced indoors, closeup and personal. The concert was held at the Plumber’s Hall in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the early 1980’s. I was new on the reggae scene but a qroup of friends that I had connected with, were well seasoned and very knowledgeable of rastafari and reggae music. My exposure to rasta and reggae grew as I made new friends in the rasta community, read books, and reasoned with the breddren on on all types of matters confronting man.
Through word of mouth or flyers being posted on telephone poles, I learned the time and location of the performance by The Rastafarians, and attended what would turn out to be a most profound musical experience. The hypnotic beat, the drum and bass, the lyrics… I felt it all and was changed forever, by the heartbeat rhythms penetrating the air that night.
The Rastafarians was a reggae group that originated in Santa Cruz, California and was founded by Jamaican natives Ras Binghi, Big Dread, Michael Ashley aka Haile Maskel, Paatrick Houchen aka Shaka and Californian Herb Daly.
The only album produced by The Rastafarians
I recall my early days as the host of the reggae program “The Iyah Music Show on KUNM 89.9 when vinyl was king, I spent a lot of air time playing songs from their one and only album, Orthodox on the Universal Light Church label.
This album has been called one of the greatest albums ever produced and I have to agree that it is up there with some of the best. Every song on the album is golden to my ears and I would recommend it be in everyone’s music collection because this one is a classic.
The selection ” A Love We Deal Wit” is one of my all time favorites along with “Roll Call”. Right after saying and writng those words on paper, some mental dialog occurred, and I came to the realization that I love every song on the album. You can quote me on that.
The album “Orthodox” was originally released in 1981 on the Universal Light Church Inc. label and reissued in 2009 on the French label Makasound.