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Golden Jubilee

'Twelve Tribe' to mark milestone

BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

MUSIC will form a major part of the Twelve Tribes of Israel's golden jubilee celebrations scheduled for February 23 to March 3 next year.

A raffle, which will assist in funding the project, was launched at the Rastafari manison's Hope Road headquarters Monday night.

Ashes Issachar, member of the organising committee, said plans are still taking shape.

“We will start the celebrations with a welcome event at Twelve Tribes HQ with a white party. I must say, we are the originators of the all-white dress code for events here in Jamaica; it's not something new. On the 25th, the specific date of the golden jubilee, we will be holding a Shama Ball. This event is based on a type of Ethiopian traditional clothing and that's the recommended theme as is symbolic of our return to Africa. The 26th will feature music through the ages, featuring our members over the years. There will be members from as far away as New Zealand to reflect the global aspect of the movement. On March 1, the focus is youth in music. This event will feature some of the young artistes who are members. The following day, March 2, will be the usual Friday night event at the HQ. We close out the celebrations with a grand stage show on March 3. This event will incorporate artistes from the wider music community. Apart from these events, there will be music and gatherings every night at the HQ during the period,” Issachar told the Jamaica Observer.

HIM Emperor Haile Selassie I's grandson, HIH Zara Jacob will also be in attendance.

Aside from the music, the 'Twelve Tribe' will be using the period for reflection and reasoning. A seminar and workshop on repatriation is also being discussed. Issachar said the perspectives of some pioneers who made the journey to the Ethiopian city of Shashamane, as well as government officials from Jamaica and Ethiopia will take spotlight as a means of keeping the Emperor's intent alive.

In 1948, the Emperor donated 500 acres of land to allow members of the Rastafari movement, Ethiopian World Federation officers and members, as well as other Caribbean people to settle.

Formed by Vernon “ Prophet Gad” Carrington in 1968, Twelve Tribes of Israel boasts a large number of members who have made their names as recording and performing artistes. This roster includes Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Fred locks, Freddie McGregor, as well as the younger generation of reggae acts including Protoge and renowned Jah Love Sound System.