Title: Fogarty's treats shoppers to Rasta vibes and consciousness lyrics
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/CA00100658/00001
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Title: Fogarty's treats shoppers to Rasta vibes and consciousness lyrics
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping 1 p.
Language: English
Creator: Gonsalves, Michelle
Publisher: Sunday Chronicle, 31 August 2008, page 2
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Saul, Ras Leon
David, Ras Kush
Erasto, Ras Kiyode
Jump and Chant
Rasta Revolution
Ina de Struggle
Abstract: Rastafarians participating in CARIFESTA X 2008 entertain shoppers in downtown Georgetown.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100658
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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SUNDAY CLE August 31, 2008

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By Michelle Gonsalves

PULSATING drumbeats,
rhythmic chanting and cul-
turally conscious lyrics. This

was the scene yesterday on
the ground floor of Fogarty's
where a concert put on for
CARIFESTA X and featuring
Caribbean and North Ameri-

can-based Rastafarian
artistes was in progress.
Guyanese-born Ras Leon
Saul, who came as part of a Ca-
nadian delegation, opened the
programme, and the very first
item on the agenda was a 'Jump
and Chant' number by Ras Kush
David, a Barbadian writer, poet,
recording and performance art-
ist who is here for the first
time. "We love we roots and we
love we culture," chanted David
in one stanza of his poetic ut-
terances, accompanied by Ras
Leon Saul's drumming. Kush
David later did another riveting
poetic chant entitled 'Rasta
Those present were unable
to resist bobbing their heads
and tapping their feet to the in-
fectious rhymes and rhythms,
when Ras Kiyode Erasto pre-
sented his delightful reggae and
soul blended music, which he
sang with feeling. His conscious
presentation expressed the mes-
sage that civilisation is contrary
to what the Almighty meant it
to be. 'Ina de Struggle' was the
name of another stimulating
number by Ras Kiode Erasto,
who beseeched his listeners to
"stand up and fight for your life

in the struggle" in a style of mu-
sic called root culture. 'Up
mighty Race, we have to come
to our rightful place," implored
Ras Leon Saul in a poetic pre-
sentation. "Marcus Garvey said
to be proud of your forefathers
of yore," he said.
Pretty soon, it was time for
members of the audience to
show what they could do. The
reward for those brave enough
to perform an impromptu item
on stage was a gift voucher from
Fogarty's. Just then, Mr. Rupert
Singh, who is currently an MC
at the Sophia Exhibition Centre,

happened to be passing and was
called on stage by Ras Leon
Saul. Mr. Singh did not disap-
point and earned his voucher by
performing a slow romantic
number to the delight of his lis-
There were two other
voucher-earning presentations
by two other brave members of
the audience one Ms Paralall
and Joshua, a little dreadlocked
boy who shyly came forward,
prompted by the audience. Ms.
Paralall sang a gospel tune and
Joshua sang the chorus of Bob
Marley's 'One Love' after some

urging by the audience. How-
ever, the best was saved for last
as the talented Rastafarians
showed off their skill at drum-
ming to an enthusiastic crowd,
in an energetic display that
drew people from all parts of
the Fogarty's complex.
In keeping with the sprit
of CARIFESTA X, which is all
about unity and sharing each
others art and culture,
Fogarty agreed to host the
concert so that the public
could be enlightened about
Rastafarian religion and cul-

Drumming at the end of the show (photo by Michelle Gonsalves)


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