How Can We Sing King Alpha's Song in a Strange Land?: The Sacred Music of the Boboshanti Rastafari

  title={How Can We Sing King Alpha's Song in a Strange Land?: The Sacred Music of the Boboshanti Rastafari},
  author={Anthony Merritt},
  journal={Journal of Africana Religions},
  pages={282 - 291}
This paper explores the sacred music of the Boboshanti, a Rastafari order founded in Jamaica in 1958. The music of the Boboshanti—its drumming, chanting, and singing—is similar to that of the more well-known Nyahbinghi Order with which most researchers of Rastafari are familiar, but it has its own distinct and unique characteristics. The focus of this contribution will be twofold. First, as enumerated by Ikael Tafari in Rastafari in Transition (2001), the drumming will be contextualized as a… Expand


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