Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2 interesting videos.....

I thought this unusual dancehall music video deserved a post, the artwork remined me of some of the old Scientist LP covers... enjoy...

Major Lazer - Hold The Line (Feat:Mr.Lexx & Santigold)

Major Lazer - Hold The Line (Feat. Mr Lexx and Santigold) from Mad Decent on Vimeo.

and then i stumbled upon this video from the Jamaica Magazine program, what caught my eye was this Jamaica Youth Chorale choir singing a "Nyahbinghi Meditation" at some very official event(The Musgrave Medals Award Ceremony. (1:10min - 5:06mins)

This is a real sign of how things have changed in Jamaica so much over the past 20-30yrs with it's now more accepting attitudes towards Rastafari.
It wasn't that long ago that Rasta's where looked down upon and shunned by Jamaican society and looked upon as outcasts and trouble makers. It seems to me that only in the last few decades has Rastafari become socially acceptable, and how acceptable it is i'm not sure as i don't live in Jamaiaca and can only go by the media reports and representations, i think Jamaica has begun to realize that Rastafari was one of the major attractions to Jamaica for the rest of the world, it was something people travelled to Jamaica for, to learn more about, which in turn helped the tourism industry so i guess they had to become more accepting of what the rest of the world looked upon as a good positive thing. Of course Bob Marley played a big part in educating people about Rastafari and i wonder if Bob had not been around would the Jamaican government still be so accepting of it today?

Also take a look at the segment on Indian's in Jamaica, (5:20mins-18:12mins) many people have found similarities between Hinduism and Rastafari over the years, whether Indian religion had any influence upon the first Rasta's up at pinnicle i have no idea.

What a refreshing video....makes a change to the usual subject matter of Jamaica Magazine!

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