Making music is a joy to roots singer Binghi Blaze. Giving praise to Jah is just as fulfilling.
On ‘Pressuring The Poor’, a song produced by UTH Music, he looks at society's ills and the solutions his faith has for them.
"Well, Rastafari have so many influence in society because of the moral integrity, righteous living, natural way of living, which are the foundation and pillar of any society. Everything that the Rastas were implementing and still upholding, but they were chastised and ridiculed for, is now the norm of society," Binghi Blaze noted.
Some of those implementations include legalising marijuana and benefiting economically from its versatility in making clothes and oils. Binghi Blaze also points to the number of health food/products restaurants and stores that have emerged in Jamaica during the last 20 years as manifestation of a vision Rastafari first projected over 50 years ago.
That vision, he added, also includes a way out of the poverty and crime that has engulfed his homeland for many years.
"Politics in Jamaica is at its worst. School, Church and politics have failed the people. Rasta will never be politicians or have a political party, just Rastafari movement working towards the better self of the people. We bun a fire for all 'poLIEticians'!" he exclaimed.
Interestingly, Binghi Blaze (born Gary Williams) grew up in a devout Christian home in Manchester. His family were members of the Mount Carmel Gospel Hall Church where he learned to play drums.
Binghi Blaze was drawn to the message of Rasta in his teens, after discovering the music of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown. Rastalution, his first album, was also recently released.
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