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Where Have All The Rastas Gone?
Steel pulse photo link
Once upon a time it was
impossible to go into
Swampy photo link
* Crustys - white rastas
were a joke when that lad from Scritti Politti , Boy George and Hayzi
FanfuckingTayzi decided to get their preposterous locks done in some
misguided attempt to claim some kind of cultural affinity with Jamaican
herbsmen. They're still a joke now; the eco-warriors of middle
Milli Vanilli Link - http://www.crushkill.com/archives/milli.jpg
* Milli Vanilli Types
Ie black male models and 3rd rate Euro pop nonentities who simply by dint of being black attempted to claim some allegiance to their rasta brethren by getting Bo Derek extensions and singing meaningless lyrics that hinted at some vaguely conscious notion of being nice to each other and respecting whales, dolphins, Eskimos and other cuddly endangered species.
Jazzie B link
* Funki Dreads
Look Jazzie B's a cool fellar and all that and yeah at the time, that Funki Dread style was refreshing and unique fusing rasta with modern urban fashion but this wasn't real dread was it' Soul II Soul were like some kind of American motivational cult, helping you to become a better you because there's only one you after all. To a funky beat. Soul II Soul wasn't a band, it was a corporate lifestyle insta-identity for clueless rich kids who wanted all the benefits of consumerism but still ached to be y'know in touch with themselves by getting a Doctor Alban barnet and checking out Buddhism for beginners. Twats.
Don Letts link
* Don Letts
Respect to the lad for his locks and his attempts to teach The Clash about reggae but have you heard a posher rasta than our Don? I reckon I'm more familiar with Trenchtown than him and I've never lived outside Runcorn.
Nah, when we say rasta we mean of course'.
Burning Spear (young) photo link
Burning Spear (before)
Burning spear old photo link
We mean Toshy and Bunny and (but not sell out Bob)
Bunny and toshy photo link
Yabby you link
And of course David Hinds from Brum's very own Steel Pulse, the Handsworth Revolutionary who caused my old man to spit his shepherd's pie out in outrage when he clapped eyes on his foot long vertical locks on Nationwide in the late 70s.
David Hinds link
Perhaps like Steel Pulse
themselves the Rasta's roots message got ignored by young black kids now
turned onto the excitement and vibrancy of hip hop culture rather than
the lethargic vibrations of dub and Ras Tafari leaving a cultural and
generational vacuum. Unlike in JA where new young militant artists such
as Sizzler kept the original spirit of black consciousness alive, maybe
the rastas of
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