120. Redemption Songs: Reggae and Rastafari

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How the Rastafari movement grew from trends within Africana philosophy, and then passed into global popular culture in the music of Bob Marley and other reggae artists.



Further Reading

• M.H. Chawane, “The Rastafarian Movement in South Africa: a Religion or Way of Life?” Journal for the Study of Religion 27 (2014), 214-37.

• D. Dunkley, Women and Resistance in the Early Rastafari Movement (Baton Rouge: 2021).

• E.B. Edmonds, Rastafari: from Outcasts to Culture Bearers (Oxford: 2003).

• S.A. King, Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control (Jackson MI: 2002).

• D.V. Moskowitz, Bob Marley: a Biography (Westport CT: 2007).

• S. Singh, “Resistance, Essentialism, and Empowerment in Black Nationalist Discourse in the African Diaspora: A Comparison of the Back to Africa, Black Power, and Rastafari Movements,”  Journal of African American Studies 8 (2004), 18-36.

• A.M. Waters, Race, Class, and Political Symbols: Rastafari and Reggae in Jamaican Politics (London: 2017).


Thomas Mirus on 20 March 2023

Ethiopian Orthodox

Shortly after his cancer diagnosis, Marley was baptized into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church - the same church to which Selassie belonged.

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