Shemelis Desta spent most of three decades working for Emperor Haile Selassie as court photographer, and witnessed His Majesty’s departure from the Palace. He was then was forced to work for the Derg before making a daring escape to England with a treasure trove of Ethiopian culture. more in issue 9
From the mid 1970s to the 1980s, filmmaker Jeremy Marre made a brilliant series of 14 documentaries about music, from the Shanghai Blues to Gypsy music, from Nigerian Konkombe to Appalachian religious music. Here’s a short clip from his 1977 documentary on music in Jamaica: Roots Rock Reggae.
Collective security for surety, ye-ah!
Don’t forget your history, know your destiny”
Bob Marley, ‘Rat Race’
We got to realize we are one people,
Or there will never be no love at all.”
Peter Tosh, ‘One Foundation’
Until the philosophy that holds one race superior and another inferior Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is War.”
These lyrics, from the Bob Marley song ‘War’, were originally found in an English translation of the speech Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia delivered to the United Nations in New York in October 1963.