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Culture Yard to Host Rastafari Coalition's Celebration of Coronation Day

By Mosiyah Tafari | October 12, 2019

When Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen Asfaw were crowned on November 2nd 1930, it sparked the beginning of what has come to be known as “Rastafari”, a cultural and religious movement that has spread to all nations of the earth.

The Rastafari Coalition is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Coronation Day Celebration! The event will take place on Saturday November 2nd in Columbus, Ohio, from 5pm until 11pm. Coronation Day will be hosted in collaboration with the premier spot to hear vinyl reggae and dub in the city, Culture Yard.

Nyabinghi, Reggae and Reasoning

Traditional nyabinghi drumming, chanting and the reading of Psalms, which are the foundation of all Rastafari holiday celebrations, will open up the event. In addition, there will be onstage reasoning about the significance of the Coronation of their Majesties and other topics related to Rastafari's history and future development. Attendees can also look forward to special guest speakers representing the various Mansions of Rastafari.

Rising reggae artist Kette Congo will be performing tunes from his upcoming release, King of Glory. (Photo by Dawit Mengstu)

Past years have seen a number of the regions top reggae artists deliver energetic performances of original music, including Milton Blake from Luciano’s “Jah Messenjah” camp and lead singer of the Ark Band, Mark Hunter. This year will be no different, as rising conscious dancehall artist Kette Congo will be performing songs from his upcoming debut album King of Glory. In addition, dynamic Jamaican-born reggae artist J.R. Blessington will offer his unique blend of singing and chanting backed by a live acoustic-roots band. Other special guest performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Culture Yard

Previous holiday celebrations hosted by the Rastafari Coalition have generally taken place at the same type of venues that host reggae concerts in the area: bars and clubs. However, the contradictory nature of a Rastafari gathering taking place at a venue where the main focus of the owners is getting patrons drunk was not lost on the Rastafari community, and became a frequent topic of reasoning during the Sabbath meetings.

Jah Shaolin, one of the owners of Culture Yard, spoke with us about why he feels the location will be a natural fit for this year's celebration. “The concept of Culture Yard is to have a space for people who love reggae music to come that is not a club or a bar, and is not alcohol-centric.” An event like Coronation Day, Shaolin said, is “almost like what [Culture Yard] was designed for, even though it wasn’t a conscious decision. But it was inevitable, and I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.”

The proceedings will begin with traditional nyabinghi drumming, singing and the recitation of Psalms. (Photo by Queen Fatima Chui)

A Global Celebration

Please join us on Saturday, November 2nd for this celebration at 146 South Yale Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. If you are unable to attend the Rastafari Coalition's celebration, please inquire of your local Rastafari communities and take part in whatever celebration or gathering there may be in your area.

"Unity is the core of I&I strength. His Majesty instruct all of us that collective security is a must," ital chef and founding Rastafari Coalition member Ras Mo commented recently. "You alone in any kind of matter, can be daunting and it can be a serious thing to overcome. But, with unity there's nothing I&I can't achieve. His Majesty instruct I&I these things, and we just need to follow."

 

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The Rastafari Coalition is a nondenominational organization whose main goal is to bring the various Mansions of Rastafari together in unity. To accomplish this, we seek to provide a platform through which all members of the Rastafari community can put their theological differences aside and work together to achieve the aims and objectives we share in common.

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