Haile Selassi Earthday 2014H.I.M. Haile Selassie 1 of Ehiopia as a child was named Tafari, meaning Creator.

He was given the baptismal name, Haile Selassie, meaning power of the Holy Trinity of the Universal Forces That Rule in Equality, (Revelation 5), Father, Spirit and Son in Unity, fulfilling ancient tradition.

Showing exceptional leadership ability, he was given the title and responsibility of Ras (administrator) of one of the provinces) while still a very young man. Ras means Head so Ras Tafari, meaning Head Creator of the House of Judah being two hundred and twenty fifth from the line of King Solomon of the Ancient House of Judah.

On the day of his crowning as Negusa Negast (King of Kings), November the 2nd, 1930, the Emperor used his baptismal name and was universally recognized as H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God.

The Lion of Judah, born on the 23rd of July 1892 over the zodiac sign of the lion, headed education and technical advancement in Ethiopia He is the first honorary president of The Organization of African Unity, so appointed on the 25th of May 1963 and gave the O.A.U its first and present head quarters in Addis Ababa. He advocates international Pan-African philosophy, brother hood of African people at home and abroad.

In 1955 he granted 500 acres of fertile land from his personal land in Southern Ethiopia at Malcoda, Shahshamane, so that the sons and daughters of Africa origin who were displaced by the slave trade and desired repatriation could be resettled through the land lordship of the
Ethiopian World Federation Inc.

He is worshiped all over Africa and the world because there is no better African champion that the sovereign of the only African country that delivered hard blows to colonialism. African leaders followed His successful peacemaking activities.

He is known and admired in the world because many times he imposed himself on world attention even when He was Regent. For example, in 1923 when He succeeded in having Ethiopia made a member of the league of Nations or when in 1924 he visited Rome, Paris and London as well as 1935 when he delivered a prophetic speech forecasting the disaster that Fascism
would bring about, namely World War II.

During his leadership he made sure he was personally involoved in the implementation of things that hanppened in Ethiopia.

Being the only head of state with a Universal and Christian-outlook for all humanity the world and more so Africa, admires Him, Haile Selassi.

Judah Square Allstars Reggae Album - recording1They say music is soul food. And one of the most soulful music styles of contemporary music comes out of the island of Jamaica: Reggae. Marked as subversive during the South African Apartheid era, it provided an important spiritual force to establish self-consciousness: “Get Up Stand Up” by Bob Marley, “Equal Rights” by Peter Tosh are timeless anthems of freedom fighters all over the continent and still played in dancehalls and at homes.

Today music is an international billion-dollar business, making it hard for new bright stars to enter the scene. But, like in Jamaica, there are lots of talents all over South Africa. Their voices can be heard in the streets but they never make their way into the studios because this is costing a fortune for them. Well, if they cannot come to the studio, the studio has to come to them.

Judah Square Allstars Reggae Album - recording3In August/September timeframe a recording project has been conducted at the House of Judah in Khayalethu, a suburb of Knysna, with the goal to give local artists an opportunity to put their talent on CD. Executive production responsibility was in the hands of Livity Labs, Germany, who provided a mobile recording environment in professional studio format to the community. The project was coordinated by the local Reggae artist Iniqwa, who spent neverending efforts to arrange tracks and to organize singers and players of instruments.

One does not have to be a sound engineer to understand that professional recording is difficult in areas without sound-proof rooms. Once barking dogs are on the track, it is hard to get rid of them. So where to record?

Local chef and DJ Ras, Brother Mau-Mau, provided his restaurant premises for recording. “This is a community project and I am happy to support it”, says the Kenyan chef. If the environmental noise became too excessive, alternative locations had to be used such as the Jah Works B&B of Sista Kerri McKenna, empty shacks or even the shop at Nzmeni Street, the main street of the House of Judah. An unusual sight for customers, who however enjoyed unexpected and free live music.

By recording instrument for instrument separately, and using special microphones, a total of 19 tunes have been recorded in 2 1/2 weeks time frame.

Judah Square Allstars Reggae Album - recording2For singing artists without instrumental company a number of instrumental tracks were provided by the German Reggae artist Dub Covenant. This enabled the recording of bright singers such as songwriter Sister Leah, Ras Mau-Mau and the 17-years old Sista Julie with her fast yet sweet Reggae tune “House of Judah Rock”.

“I never imagined that I could mange this,” says Sister Leah. “It is an inspiration to continue singing.” Or Sister Julie: “It is so different to record a song from just singing along.” Even more, Rapper Red Hot Chili, the youths of the Sunday workshop a.k.a. Rasta Rebels and the Rastafari Nyahbinghi Choir added broad musical variety.

The Judah Square All Stars album will be available in December 2013 at the House of Judah and locally in Knysna. The project is an example for the low cost production of excellent music. There are numerous talents to be discovered. Who will be the next?

Blog contributed by Achim Ibenthal.