Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: We are not violent, says Rasta leader
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Title: We are not violent, says Rasta leader
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 8/31/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199901
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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We are not violent,

says Rasta leader
'MTHMRE isWOd pCi1nted. outA-th.t Count
as astafarian. We are me- and thep Mstic Reve- said when fhe brethren leave
as RaItafarian. We are mem Ozza. and tbe, My3 for Ethiopia, they want to
bers of the Rastari Brethren" ain of Es were not ra Ethiopia, they want to
declared the leader of the simplyagr musicians leave behind them a well-
21-menmbe group.. Cot They are part of im uitY munty hat will have been
Ozzie and the Mystic Reveta- and function as act citi- mu. ity tat wll have bera
tion. of Rastafari, who arrtw- zens of the Warelka Hills ti.n n
ed in Guyana yesterday to area lof- wn mount Ozzie and the yv-
tk pa rtu yin CarifOLehta:
take part in Carifesta. --. '3F, .. tic Revelation of Rastafari-
The bearded "R.astas" .Thte groue members have devised up
proudly defended the name asel e liaes~to the Cea three oint community de-
of the religious sectrand ex- tive energes. f .the comu topmrent plan to tackle the
plained that the word "Ras- nity, which-it regas as th problem ofna ae h
tafarian" was a kind of source of ts streng d it lack of educational faci-
Anglo4Saxon misuse. The sp.okm-al on cities and c cultural impover
~~~hThe group here in Guy- I ii seem a contradiction ieand cultural impe
The group here in Guy- tu th smaabes of the astf- ishent. They are seeking to
ana, he said, was the cultural aa ring in resources from out-
arm of the Rastari Brethren a side the community for a
and its rendition ,of poems, goal is repatriation to Af- programme in which the
music, oratory and drums. is rica, should be conscious of "haves" will help the "have
based on the philosophy of themselves and their art as ndts."
the black group whose roots being nourished by a com- The group is currently in-
are based in Ethiopia, Africa. munity embracing many peo- evolved in negotiations with
He dismissed as wicked ple of different beliefs, "but the Jamaica Ministry of
and false, allegations that the Rastafari Brethren feel Housing to provide the nec-
the Rastafaris were a fierce a kinship with all African essary land for a pilot self-
and violent type who lived ISpls whleer % the 94 help housing project in the
apart form the rest-of the Ja- Wareika Hills. The group
maican. community i. a Theig religion oased also plans to hold a series of
world of thPir own. love and they believe in a free cultural concerts for
'"Therd are Rastafari Bre- communal way of life and it each Parish in Jamaica with
thren all over Jamaica, and is their stated objective to the aim of establishing a
we take part in all worldly help their brothers and sis- communication channel with
activities ranging from era to improve their condi- all the people.
ion, to commerce, and ours Continuin. te Touchingpe on arifeta, the
isa message .of Place and Cariesta as fulfilling a
,B sOaW. phase of our philosophy and
feel very proud by this mrve
by the Guyana Govern-
ment because what it is do-
ing is edifying people who
were lost." He said that all
the Caribbean territories
shared the same historical
misfortune and because of
this similarity among us
Carifesfa should serve as a,
further unifying link.

:THE Jmaican Community Group known as Count Ossoe and the Mystieo evelation of Rastafari, which is here to
.take'part in Cariest*. Second from right is. the youngest member of the group, the l-year old son of the leader.

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