Wise Words

Rastamonday – Gentleman “After a storm”

Gentleman (Tillman Otto) is a German reggae musician who has gained acclaim with reggae fans at home and abroad. He was born and raised in Cologne, a cultural center of the Rhineland, not exactly a place that comes to mind in connection with reggae. He fell in love with Jamaican music when he first visited the island at the age of 17. He had already heard and appreciated the sounds of Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, and Bob Marley, but when he heard more contemporary artists like Sizzla and Anthony B., it made him realize that roots-flavored reggae was still alive and well, and all he had to do was bring the good word back to Germany. Well, today I’m bringing you his sounds and I hope you fulljoy them. Take in this wonderful message,
“After a storm there must be a calm, because Jah’s love was here before you ever existed” :)

Gentleman “After a storm”

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RastaMonday – Culture “See them a come”

Culture was a Jamaican roots reggae group founded in 1976 and they were originally known as the African Disciples. The members of the trio were Joseph Hill (lead vocals), Albert Walker (backing vocals) and Kenneth Dayes (backing vocals). Critically considered one of the most authentic traditional reggae acts, Culture received five-star reviews in the first Rolling Stone Record Guide publication. This track “See them a come” is a testament to the brilliance of the band, but inevitably the lead singer Joseph Hill. The track speaks of the evils the world has to offer by way of our trusted friends, but just to find out that ‘jah’ sees them coming from a far. Hill states, “some are partial in the words of Jah but their works are not complete”.

Last summer, I had the privilege of meeting Josephs son, Kenyatta Hill while in Kingston. After his father died on tour in 2006, Kenyatta, to the amazement of promoters, fans and critics alike, stepped onstage and delivered electrifying performances time and again, nineteen shows in all, until the tour was complete. This was unheard of in any genre of music at any time. Kenyatta gave of himself so totally as his father had for so many years, that the two seemed to become one. The history behind this group and furthermore this family could have me typing for days, but I’d like to let the music to do the talking. Fulljoy this wonderful track and soak up its ever important message. Bless up!

Culture – “See them a come

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World Press Photo 2011

The goal of the World Press Photo contest is to “promote a free and unrestricted exchange of information.” These photos clearly tell a story about humanity with an ending unknown. Grasp Marvin Gaye’s words in this song, “Wholy Holy” (1971) because in the end, there is no doubt that holiness is not a disembodied sacred state. Rather, it’s made evident when people come together and believe in one another.

Marvin Gaye – “Holy Wholy”

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