New Soul Jazz compilation documents the growth of Rastafarianism within reggae over three decades
Soul Jazz Records have added to their ever-expanding catalogue of compilations with a new release that charts the links between reggae and Rastafarianism. Entitled Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955–83 the compilation documents the growth of the religion within reggae over a period of nearly 30 years. The tracks include one of the earliest mentions of Ethiopia in music hailing from Jamaica with Lord Lebby And The Jamaican Calpysonians’s “Etheopia” from 1955, as well as music from the 60s, 70s and early 80s from artists such as the figurehead Rastafarian drummer Count Ossie with tracks from his Rasta Family and Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, the latter a group he formed with saxophonist Cedric Brooks, Laurel Aitkin, Earth & Stone and others.
Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955–83 comes in CD or vinyl with a 40 page booklet containing photography and historical sleevenotes. For information can be found on the Soul Jazz website.