Bashment for His Majesty
Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
60Trip End Jun 02, 2006
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The party was graced by the presence of His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Zere Yakob, grandson of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, and heir to the imperial throne of Ethiopia. He humbly accepted greetings all night from the many brothers and sisters in attendance.
The music was nice. Bumsy's sisters did a dance performance, and their little brother, Isaac (or Saki, a.k.a. True Warrior) toasted nicely over some riddims (see clips). A singer who was popular during the days of His Majesty's reign did a short performance (see clip), and a Nyabingi elder recounted (for almost an hour) the story of His Majesty's visit to Jamaica.
I can't wait to travel back to Shashamane with these folks. There's a picture in a program for Bob's birthday party last year in Addis. The picture shows Bob Marley with six or seven of the early Jamaican pioneers of Shashamane entering the hot springs at Wondo Genet, just south of Shashamane. The girls in my pictures are the daughters of these men. One of them, brother Flippin, wrote many songs for Bob including "Zimbabwe." He has been blessed with children. His first three were boys, then he had boy/girl twins, twin girls, and boy/girl twins again! Believe it or not, that's boy, boy, boy, twins, twins, twins. I've met them all but for one brother and their mother live in the U.K.