Roots Reggae and Rebellion
How Rastafari turned from an ostracised religious sect into a global phenomenon.
Rastafari is Jamaica's most famous export. Alongside Bob Marley – the world's most recognised Rastafarian – this cultural and spiritual movement is the enduring global image of the Caribbean island. The red, green and gold colours, dreadlocks, reggae music and marijuana are all closely associated with Jamaica. But what role has this spiritual movement had in forming Jamaica's soul and identity?
Presented by political commentator and educator Kingslee Daley, this series examines how Rastafari turned from an ostracised religious sect into a global phenomenon. Kingslee is better known as Akala, a British poet, rapper and founder of the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. Born in London he was brought up immersed in Rasta culture by his Jamaican father. In these two half hour programmes, Akala travels to Jamaica to discover the cultural and sociological significance of his spiritual heritage.
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