Saturday, November 17, 2007

Blessing or Offense? (1) - Webmaster's Column

Dubroom Online - Edition November 17, 2007


WWW, November 17 2007 - The video reviewed for this edition of Dubroom Online is very important, as it explains a very important principal of Reggae Culture in a few minutes.

Imagine the sight of someone telling others straight into their face, that he's going to fast and pray for them to see the Light.

Imagine the recipients thanking him for the blessing, not minding at all to be filmed while all of this happens and even help making it into a crucial video for the one who told them what other may find very offensive?

I would definitely recommend checking out Stitchie's video on "Fast and Pray" to check out what this is all about!

Give Thanks, One Love,
Messian Dread (Dubroom Webmaster)

Stitchie - Fast and Pray (Video Review)
Forgotten Gems (MP3 Review)

Stitchie - Fast and Pray (Video Review)

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, November 2007 - Claimed by the "Gospel Reggae" Industry as "one of their own", Stitchie makes it clear how he doesn't have to separate himself from Reggae Culture in order to be who he is.

It's a principal issue: do Reggae artists have to leave Reggae Culture when they are Christian?

Yes, says the "Gospel Reggae Industry".

This rather new branch of the Christian Industrial Complex was founded in the mid 1990's by an organization called "Christafari". They currently have their Head Quarters near Hollywood California, from where they cultivate and sell what they call "sanctified" Reggae.

Big business it is: when you know how to speak Christianese, you can wrap yourself up in a fancy Hollywood styled "Rasta Image" and become a "Gospel Reggae Star". However, you have to separate yourself from Reggae Culture, not to mention Rastafari Livity and Spirituality, in order get there.

Obviously, this an open and clear attempt by what is usually called Babylon System to break Reggae Culture and Rastafari Livity. And since it is done in the name of "Jesus" or "Christianity", the principal question on top of this review needs to be asked again.

It's a principal issue: do Reggae artists have to leave Reggae Culture when they are Christian?
Yes, says the "Gospel Reggae Industry".

NO!, says Stitchie. In an interview, he was quoted as saying:
    First of all, I need to make this very lucid that these artistes are all my friends and I’ve not lose contact with them because I’m now a born again Christian, if anything, I’m now enjoying even closer friendship with them. I freely received love from Jesus Christ so I’m giving it freely to everyone. This is the motive behind the concept of the video as it is of vital significance that as an Ambassador of Christ I demonstrate the love of Christ to all my fellow dancehall artistes and musicians. (SOURCE)
Whatever you may think of Stitchies personal Christian faith, doesn't really matter. It's a matter of natural fact, that Rasta's and Christians and those who are both have had a prominent place within Reggae Music from the very foundation in the 1960's until this present day in 2007 and it's not about to stop anywhere close.

"Fast and Pray" is a very strong track by Stitchie, in which he appears together with some other "secular" dancehall artists, including the legendary King Yellowman himself. He tells them, that he will fast and pray for them and they give thanks for the blessing.



Forgotten Gems (MP3 Review)


WWW, November 2007 - From Don Carlos singing "Satta Massa Gana" to Yabby You's "Love of JAH", here are ten hard-to-find tunes from the Doctor's medicine bag...

A wide variety of styles within the ten track selection of Dr. Tahl's' 10th podcast ensures that there is something for everyone here.

We're really taken from one style into the other, which is kind of refreshing. Yabby You's deep Roots Reggae is played just after Ed Cobb's "Rock 'n' Roll Reggae" cover of "Tainted Love", for example.

The fact that the mix contains "only" ten selections in just over half an hour provides the pleasant experience of being taken from one vibe into the next sometimes rather suddenly.

The kind of mix you will want to put on when you're waking up to live another day with some nice music to help you through.

Nice One!


01 Milton Henry - Let the Sunsine in
02 Milton Henry - What am I to do
03 The African Brothers - Mystery of Nature
04 Don Carlos - Satta Massa Ganna
05 Love Joys - I Belong to You
06 Ed Cobb - Tainted Love
07 Yabby You - The Prophets
07 Yabby You & Vivian Jackson - Love of Jah
08 Jackie Mittoo - Hot Milk
09 Johnny Osbourne - Love Makes the World Go Round
10 The African Brothers - Father Lead Us


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