Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bongo Trevor Campbell

I haven't blogged much lately, mostly because the holidays were busy, but also because I've been reading a lot. The good news is that the books I've picked up recently are giving me a lot of ideas for topics to write about in the future. The not good (but not necessarily bad) news is that it will still be a while before I post another blog. My reading is giving me so many ideas, I don't really know where to start.

Until I figure out that minor problem, I'm going to try and post some videos from Jamaica from time to time. The clip below is from a kind Rastaman who welcomed me into his gates for my first interview. Bongo Trevor, aka Ras Gabre Selassie, is a Rasta in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kingston. As President-in-Command of the Rastafari Orthodox Patriotic Unity (ROPU), he longs to see the Rasta movement "organise and centralise" in order to bring the African diaspora closer to its goal of repatriation to its home continent. In my reasoning with Bongo Trevor and Bongo Shephan Fraser, I heard some emotionally conveyed stories about Haile Selassie's 1966 visit to Jamaica. What Trevor neglected to tell me, perhaps out of humility, is that he was one of thirty-two Rastafari brethren to receive a medal of goodwill from Selassie at a private reception during the emperor's visit. I have heard this from a most reliable source, and I believe Bongo Trevor can be seen at 8:58 in this video about the 1966 event: HIM Haile Selassie I Visit To Jamaica April 21 1966

Ras Gabre Selassie also makes binghi drums in his workshop. The following video is of him and Bongo Shephan chanting in Trevor's yard. I will post part 2 in a few days, in which they chant "Ethiopia, Land of our Fathers," considered by many to be the Rastafari anthem. Fulljoy.

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