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PostPosted: 07 Jul 2004 16:16    Post subject: "Musical Evangelists Reach Rastafari Community Using Re Reply with quote

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Musical Evangelists Reach Rastafari Community Using Reggae



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Musical artists are using reggae music to reach the Rastafari community, a formless movement that makes it such a major challenge to the church, observers say. The late reggae star Bob Marley is the single most influential figure in seeing the spread of Rastafari from a small, island religion of Jamaica to a global movement influencing millions.
He promoted through his music -- still selling well more than 20 years after his death -- Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's divinity as the black Lion of Judah, mystical oneness with the creator Jah, and the rejection of Western society as ungodly "Babylon."

Espousing peace and harmony, the Rastafringe "fits whatever lifestyle you want to live," said Jamaican seminary lecturer and apologist Clinton Chisholm, an expert on the movement.

"There's no pressure on you ethically," Chisholm told "Charisma" magazine in the June issue, out now. The full article on the Rastafari religion can be found in the magazine.

"It's an umbrella that doesn't put any pressure on you -- you just love and enjoy your music and do your own thing. ... It's significant in that every person who moves towards Rastafari, even if they are not really deep in conviction or commitment, is a harder person to win to Jesus," he added.

Although reggae music continues to spread Rastafari's message of Jah love around the world, a revival of sorts is occurring among artists in the style's island birthplace who are finding true peace in Jesus' love.

"So many musicians and singers have converted to Christianity, it's amazing. The number is growing daily," said Judy Mowatt, revered as a member of Bob Marley's I-Threes backing group and a leading reggae artist in her own right. "He is drawing them. I know God is changing the singers and the players because they can influence the rest of society."

A longtime follower of Rastafari, Mowatt came to Christ a few years ago when a family crisis made her realize she didn't have peace. Now a praise and worship leader at her local "Spirit-filled" church, she still continues to tour occasionally. Although her music was always "God focused," she added that "what I was giving them was not of Christ -- it will have to be done over."

Tommy Cowans -- Marley's former tour manager and longtime emcee of the renowned Reggae Sunsplash tours -- and his singer wife, Carlene Davis, have collaborated on several gospel albums since her conversion in 1996.

Also going back to the concert halls with a different message is Papa San, whose dancehall music -- a blend of traditional reggae and hip-hop -- took him to the top of the secular charts in the 1990s.

The son of "an old-time Rasta man," San began studying the faith for himself but could not accept the idea that Selassie was God. Since his conversion to Christ in 1997, he has burned all his secular music awards and dedicated himself to evangelism through music.

"I'm a fisher of men and music is my bait," he said, acknowledging reggae's power in spreading the Rasta message. "Music is created in heaven, not on Earth. When all this [world] is done, music will still remain because there will be worship in heaven."




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Musical Evangelists Reach Rastafari Community Using Reggae



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Musical artists are using reggae music to reach the Rastafari community, a formless movement that makes it such a major challenge to the church, observers say. The late reggae star Bob Marley is the single most influential figure in seeing the spread of Rastafari from a small, island religion of Jamaica to a global movement influencing millions.
He promoted through his music -- still selling well more than 20 years after his death -- Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's divinity as the black Lion of Judah, mystical oneness with the creator Jah, and the rejection of Western society as ungodly "Babylon."

Espousing peace and harmony, the Rastafringe "fits whatever lifestyle you want to live," said Jamaican seminary lecturer and apologist Clinton Chisholm, an expert on the movement.

"There's no pressure on you ethically," Chisholm told "Charisma" magazine in the June issue, out now. The full article on the Rastafari religion can be found in the magazine.

"It's an umbrella that doesn't put any pressure on you -- you just love and enjoy your music and do your own thing. ... It's significant in that every person who moves towards Rastafari, even if they are not really deep in conviction or commitment, is a harder person to win to Jesus," he added.

Although reggae music continues to spread Rastafari's message of Jah love around the world, a revival of sorts is occurring among artists in the style's island birthplace who are finding true peace in Jesus' love.

"So many musicians and singers have converted to Christianity, it's amazing. The number is growing daily," said Judy Mowatt, revered as a member of Bob Marley's I-Threes backing group and a leading reggae artist in her own right. "He is drawing them. I know God is changing the singers and the players because they can influence the rest of society."

A longtime follower of Rastafari, Mowatt came to Christ a few years ago when a family crisis made her realize she didn't have peace. Now a praise and worship leader at her local "Spirit-filled" church, she still continues to tour occasionally. Although her music was always "God focused," she added that "what I was giving them was not of Christ -- it will have to be done over."

Tommy Cowans -- Marley's former tour manager and longtime emcee of the renowned Reggae Sunsplash tours -- and his singer wife, Carlene Davis, have collaborated on several gospel albums since her conversion in 1996.

Also going back to the concert halls with a different message is Papa San, whose dancehall music -- a blend of traditional reggae and hip-hop -- took him to the top of the secular charts in the 1990s.

The son of "an old-time Rasta man," San began studying the faith for himself but could not accept the idea that Selassie was God. Since his conversion to Christ in 1997, he has burned all his secular music awards and dedicated himself to evangelism through music.

"I'm a fisher of men and music is my bait," he said, acknowledging reggae's power in spreading the Rasta message. "Music is created in heaven, not on Earth. When all this [world] is done, music will still remain because there will be worship in heaven."




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PostPosted: 07 Jul 2004 17:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's an umbrella that doesn't put any pressure on you -- you just love and enjoy your music and do your own thing. ... It's significant in that every person who moves towards Rastafari, even if they are not really deep in conviction or commitment,
too many people are making light of such a serious thing as dreadlocks and RasTa livity. i cant stand it.


(sorry, i know that wasnt the focus of the article but that caught my eye)
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PostPosted: 07 Jul 2004 17:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree 100%
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PostPosted: 07 Jul 2004 18:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a close bredren who is an elder in the Nyabinghi house here in trinidad. and we reasoning in light of the mighty diamond and big youth stopping off on this rock and he mentioned that he doesnt really go to the shows anymore cause of all the slackness and sinfulness of all these dread-o-crits that go and drink up all they babylon brew and chase after the empresses and all kind of thing. so i tell him "hear what to do, i will go and get a real big sharp pair of hedge clippers and InI will gather some bredren and go around i will pull up the locks and the-i snip with the clippers, just lke so(demonstrating with my hands) pull..snip, pull..snip, pull..snip" then him bawl out YES I!! and say "ya man and we go carve on the wooden handle "Ras Clippas" "and get a good joyful laugh from the idea.
InI both know Jah go deal with them but the idea sounded nice
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PostPosted: 08 Jul 2004 11:55    Post subject: Reply with quote



Yeah, it happens when I'm in certain places and ("dreadlocked") people start to tell mi idren to leave that corner (for it is their coke sell corner) or these same people try to push me to the ground when I am just standing there. Some can't take a natural natty in their neighborhood for the natural natty by his mere appearance exposes the "dreadocrites".
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PostPosted: 08 Jul 2004 22:40    Post subject: Rasta not Relativism Reply with quote

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Espousing peace and harmony, the Rastafringe "fits whatever lifestyle you want to live," said Jamaican seminary lecturer and apologist Clinton Chisholm, an expert on the movement.

"There's no pressure on you ethically," Chisholm told "Charisma" magazine in the June issue, out now. The full article on the Rastafari religion can be found in the magazine.


Has Chisholm ever listened to any music written by Rastas? When Ziggy sings "no destruction is greater" than committing a sin, what does Chisholm think that means? Did Bob Marley sing about Jah's judgment (in songs too numerous to list) for nothing? How could Rastas be accounted "anything goes" while they ever cry out for "justice"?

What kind of absurdity is it to say Rastafari allows "whatever lifestyle"? What about growing locks and eating ital? If anything, Rasta livity can often be more strict than Christian, as when Bob Marley condemned androgynous clothing (most Christians do not consider that sinful).
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PostPosted: 09 Jul 2004 00:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

You missed an important thing in the statement and by doing you you missed the point. He said the Rasta FRINGE. That means the edges. Not the Central teachings. Those that are claiming Rasta but are closer to something else. This a huge tread that I could give tons of links to show, like mixing in New Age teachings, Indian Gurus, Yoga, Kemetism etc. Rasta is being taken over by hippies...
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