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Be a Reggae Ras-Tafari-Mon

A righteous song of i-an-i.
Be a reggae ras-tafar-mon.
An fly away from Babylon.

Fly away from confrontation.
Keep on singing yuh freedom song.
An mek Zion yuh native homelan.
An mek Zion yuh native homelan.

All nation-dem kyan overstan.
Betta fi do right dan fi mek wrong.
So rejoice wid a sweet sweet song.
Celebrate life wid riddim all night long.

Reggae music is here fi tan.
Let’s sing it all ovah di lan.
All nation will overstan.
Dat reggae is a freedom song.

A righteous song of i-an-i.
Be a reggae ras-tafar-mon.
An fly away from Babylon.

A righteous song of i-an-i.
Be a reggae ras-tafar-mon.
An fly away from Babylon.

About this poem

This reggae poem, “Be a Ras-Tafari-Mon,” celebrates the soul’s universal thirst and quench for freedom, and is written with repetitive stanzas, in a format that can be set to music. Reggae has its genesis in music like the Jamaican hit folk song, “O Carolina,” written in a ska genre format in 1960, and composed by the Folkes Brothers, John, Mico, and Junior, my first cousins on my father’s side. This poem pays tribute to their legacy.

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Written on January 15, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 15, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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