Rastafari Reunion Celebrates 122nd Birthday of (H.I.M) His Imperial Majesty Hailie Selassie 1st

LAUDERHILL – On July 26th 2014, singers and players of instruments will come together at Rastafari Reunion to celebrate the 122nd birthday of (H.I.M) His Imperial Majesty Hailie Selassie 1st at the Entertainment Warehouse in Lauderhill.

The late but great reggae prophet Bob Marley invited us in his hit song “One Drop” to “give us the teachings of his majesty, cause we don’t want no devil philosophy”. These teachings and selected speeches of H.I.M are the foundation and inspiration of the fundamentalist Rastafarian and many reggae musicians.

The teachings and philosophy will be in the house at the Ratafari Reunion which gets underway at 6pm with live Nyahbinghi drumming and chanting. As His Imperial Majesty says, “The temple of the most high begins with the human body, which houses our life and essence of our existence. Africans are in bondage today because they approach spirituality through religion provided by foreign invaders and conquerors. We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules created by humans which were supposed to help people grow spiritually. However, due to human imperfection religion has become corrupt, political, and divisive and a tool for power struggle.”

Rastafari Reunion is hoping to capture the true concept of Spirituality. As H.I.M. says, “Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is simply a way of life, pure and original as was given by the most high. Spirituality is a network linking us to the most high, the universe and each other. As the essence of our existence it embodies our culture, true identity, nationhood and destiny. A people without a nation they can really call their own is a people without a soul. Africa is our nation and is in spiritual and physical bondage because her leaders are turning to outside forces for solutions to African problems when everything Africa needs is within her. When African righteous people come together, the world will come together. This is our divine destiny”.

The singers and players of instrument on the 26th will be Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica and Everton Blender all backed by the mighty Code Red Band, along with Pressure & The Zion I-Kings, Mixed Culture and teen sensation Radiance. Stay after the concert for the Rewind after party as we welcome the dancehall sound system legends King Jammys and Black Scorpio.

Join Authentic Nyabinghi Drummers & Chanters!!! Come join & enjoy this call for peace & chant along! The event will open with this amazing rarely seen blessing !! Also honoring His Majesty King Haile Selasie I ~ Jah Ras Tafari !
Join Authentic Nyabinghi Drummers & Chanters!!! Come join & enjoy this call for peace & chant along! The event will open with this amazing rarely seen blessing !! Also honoring His Majesty King Haile Selasie I ~ Jah Ras Tafari !

Hailie Selassie was born as Tafari Makonnen in Harare Ethiopia on July 23rd 1892 and was heir to a dynasty that traced its origins through tradition to King Solomon and Queen Makeda, known in the Abrahamic tradition as Queen Of Sheba. Hailie Selassie is his baptismal name and it means “The Power of The Trinity”. In the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahedo tradition you are given a spiritual name at the time of your baptism. His birth name Tafari means “one who is respected or feared” and the title Ras means “Head” as in head of a region, or it can be used as an equivalent to Duke or Prince.


The legendary King Jammys and Black Scorpio Sound Systems are coming to South Florida on July 26th 2014 for Rewind, the official after party for Rastafari Reunion Concert in Lauderhill.

Lloyd James aka King Jammy is known as the undisputed king of computerized, digital Reggae from the 80’s. He began in the 60’s by repairing and building amplifiers and other electrical equipment in his mother’s house in the Waterhouse area of downtown Kingston, and was soon playing his own sound system as Prince Jammy. He migrated to Canada for a few years in the early 1970’s but returned to set up his own studio at his in-law’s home in Waterhouse.

He started to release his own productions in the late 1970’s, including Black Uhuru’s debut album. In the 1980’s he became one of the most influential producers of Dancehall music. His biggest hit was “Under Me Sleng Teng” by the now deceased Wayne Smith. This song has been credited as the first digital rhythm in Reggae which lead to the modern Dancehall era. King Jammys productions and sound system dominated Reggae music from the 1980’s into the 1990’s, and has earned the reputation as the person that altered the sound of Reggae without ever losing touch with it’s foundation, the sound system.

Maurice Johnson also known as Jack Scorpio is the owner and operator for the Black Scorpio sound system and record label. Johnson started his sound system with one turntable in 1968 as the Special 1 Sound System. Due to political friction he was forced to change the name in 1972 to Black Scorpio. Also known as “The Horseman Sound” due to the fact that Johnson owned racehorses, it rose to become one of the top sound systems in Jamaica. Popular deejays that worked on the sound like General Trees and Lord Sassafrass were also racehorse enthusiasts. Other deejays that worked on the sound included Culture Lee, Shukashine, Bruk Back & Lady G.

Black Scorpio expanded into a record label in the early 1980’s with a studio on Molynes Road in the Drewsland area of Kingston. He had his first hit as producer in 1982 with “Pink Eye” by Sassafrass, and a bigger hit in 1985 with “Pocomania Jump”. Black Scorpio went on to become one of the top labels of the early era of Dancehall. His productions includes recordings by the late Bunny Rugs, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Garnett Silk and King Kong, and he has also produced music with Frankie Paul, Papa San, Capleton, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man and Luciano. In 2010 Maurice “Black Scorpio” Johnson was inducted into the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Hall of Fame.

Rewind also features Delta Force with Martel The Mixer who happens to be one of the most booked selectors in Fort Lauderdale for over twenty years, and although Rewind is not a sound clash, he also has the distinction of never losing a clash. Star Boy SSMG is one of the fastest rising and also one of the most popular young selectors dominating community radio and parties in South Florida.

Rastafari Reunion Concert and Rewind After Party will be held at The Entertainment Warehouse in Lauderhill. One ticket gets you into both events at the same venue. Gates open at 6pm. Showtime is 7pm and Rewind, the official after party is from 11pm until. Online tickets available at rastafarireunion.caribtix.com

Sat July 26th

6-7pm Authentic Nyabinghi Drummers & Chanters

7-11pm Live Reggae Concert with Queen Ifrica & Tony Rebel, Everton Blender & Pressure outside!!!

11pm – until? After Party Soundsystem Yard Style The Legendary King Jammy & Black Scorpio Rewind


The Entertainment Warehouse (formerly The Ballroom)

3500 NW 15th St

Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311

South Florida Caribbean News

The SFLCN.com Team provides news and information for the Caribbean-American community in South Florida and beyond.

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