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LION and THE LAMB
BOOK OF MEMORY by Prince
Elijah Williams and Michael Kuelker
THIS BOOK MAY BE PURCHASED AT:
Praise for Book of Memory by Roger Steffens~
all who've grown weak-hearted in their faith in Rastafari, and
for those who are merely curious about the faith, here are words to
revive the flagging spirit, to ignite new wonder and awe, and
reinvest heartical I-nspiration with renewed vigor for the 21st century.
From the lips of Prince, a humble Rasta bredrin, come the truths
of eternity, ever new, ever living, ever immediate and more necessary
than ever. His interlocutor, scholar Michael Kuelker, has lifted
the veil on a theological and philosophical mystery and done it
masterfully, with precision and compassion. Together, they take
us on a path both political and deeply mystical, a mind-expanding
journey into an alternate universe whose inhabitants now circle
Roger Steffens, co-author of Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer and One
Love: Life with Bob Marley and the Wailers and Founding Editor
of The Beat magazine.
A few words by Michael Kuelker~
first came to Jamaica (in 1992) because I was drawn to the music
of Bob Marley and wanted to experience something of the culture
that produced him. At some point, I kept returning because there
was a book, slow in developing, a loving and subversive and gritty
book, whose work allowed me to contribute something.
As I read about and studied Jamaica, I saw that there was precious little
written by Rastafarians themselves about their I-deology and culture. Prince
Williams wasn't the only dread who reasoned with me about Rastafari, but
he was expansive in his vision, generous with his time and utterly compelling
in the way he spoke. What he had to say was familiar to me not only because
I absorb reggae music into the tissues of my skin but because his articulation
of rights and justice echoes very strongly with the aspirations of the human
rights movement. The teacher in me (I teach composition and international
literature at a community college) recognized the teacher in him, and so
I pitched to him the idea to collaborate on his story. He agreed, and we
began in March 1997.
The book took seven years to cultivate in part because
the book is not simply about Prince but about the community in
which he lives."
"Nyahbinghi Rastaman, the man who answers to no man but
that of Jah who lives within his heart. Wadada "- Ras Michael
Nyahbinghi drumming is an ancient ritual that began in East Africa as an expressive
and potent movement against colonialist oppression. Through global displacement
of African people, Nyahbinghi drumming and chanting arrived in Jamaica and
evolved into the heartbeat and spiritual defender of the early Rastaman. Nyahbinghi
ceremonies known as 'groundations' are held in the bush country and can last
up to seven days. Nyahbinghi chanting and drumming is accompanied by churchical
prayers, reasonings, and communal smoking of herb. The full judgment of Nyabinghi
means "death to black and white downpressors."
"Communication Drums" is a rare auditory and sensual experience
bringing to cd, precision sounds closely resembling the powerful
experience of a live nyahbinghi session. This rare jewel of musical
legacy features the highly experienced Nyahbinghi techniques of
Prince Tebah & the Sons of Thunder, a group of elder Rastafarians.
They use an intense muscular drumming style incorporating tempo
variations and complex polyrhythms and performed with tribal energy
similar to West African drummers. They are widely known for performances
at local groundations, reggae concerts including five internationally
acclaimed Sunsplash shows, and studio work with some of Jamaica's
finest artists. Communication Drums was recorded in Mt. Salem
and Ocho Rios Jamaica in 2001, released in 2003, and contains
seven impeccable tracts and a powerful reasoning by Prince Williams.
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