And tribes made merry

And tribes made merry

Monday, November 11, 2013

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ONE of the cool things to do in the 1970s was attend a Jah Love dance and soak up the roots vibes. Those events helped make the Twelve Tribes of Israel one of the era's respected organisations.

That was the mood at Twelves Tribes' Hope Road headquarters on November 2, where the 83rd anniversary of the coronation of Haile Selassie as Ethiopian Emperor, was celebrated.

The packed house saw a number of Rastafarian artistes including Twelve Tribes of Israel mainstays Sangie Davis, Ilawi, Little Roy, Fred Locks, Dalton Browne and Pablove Black sharing the stage with new-wave artistes like Hempress Sativa, Jah Bouks and Jah 9.

Singer Kiddus-I, who emerged during the roots-reggae movement of the 1970s, folk singer Della Manley and British singjay Scratchylus, also performed.

Davis, who wrote Bob Marley's Wake Up and Live, reflected on what he described a "splendid evening".

"Everyone turned out and the whole audience was amazing. Everybody loved the vibes," he said.

The evening comprised two sets. It opened with the Sangie Davis Experience which featured a band led by veteran session guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith, keyboardist Stephen Stewart, bassist Howard Bedassie and drummer Cliff Bond.

The Twelve Tribe band, which included Browne on guitar and Black on keyboards, closed the show. Proceedings came to an abrupt end when the police stepped in just past the stipulated 2:00 am cutoff time.

Even that could put a damper on an event of quality performances.

Formed in 1968 in Trench Town by Vernon 'Gadman' Carrington, the Twelve Tribes of Israel thrived throughout the next decade when its ranks included several major artistes including reggae superstar Bob Marley.

— Howard Campbell

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