Vibez Friday presents the Red, Gold & Green Affair at Club Ever Ready on Friday, July 23 to celebrate the birthday (or Earthstrong day) of Emperor Haile Selassie I. This is an event for those who love reggae and who are also fans of the culture and consciousness behind the music.
The colors red, gold, and green are significant because they are the traditional colors of the Rastafari movement, which has greatly influenced reggae music and culture. Rastafari is a spiritual movement which began in Jamaica in the 1950’s and 1960’s and has since spread worldwide. Some mistakenly refer to it as Rastafarianism, but those who practice the tenets of the faith shun “-isms”. One of the most famous Rastas was the king of reggae himself, Bob Marley. Several contemporary reggae artists are Rastas as well, including Capleton, Sizzla, Jah Cure, and Queen Ifrica.
Emperor Haile Selassie I was the last king of Ethiopia and is regarded by Rastafarians to be the prophesied Lion of the Tribe of Judah as well as the second coming of Christ. Black nationalist Marcus Garvey, who was born in Jamaica, prophesied that Black people should look to Africa for a king. When Ras Tafari (Emperor Selassie’s given name) was crowned king, many Garvey followers viewed this as the fulfillment of his prophecy.
The Red, Gold & Green Affair is open to all wishing to enjoy a night of reggae music and a reflection on the achievements of Emperor Selassie I. Many of his sayings and speeches have influenced reggae lyrics, a notable example being Bob Marley’s “War”, in which he quotes a speech that Selassie gave before the United Nations on October 6, 1963: “until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes….the dream of lasting peace…will remain but a fleeting illusion”.
Admission to the event is $10 before 12 p.m. and $15 after. Club Ever Ready is located at 8943 Lem Turner Rd. For more information, contact 904-444-9444.