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Rastafari Today



Rastafari Today

By the end of the 20th century, women had become more important in the functioning of the Rastafari movement. To a large degree, women feel more freedom to express themselves now; thus they enjoy much greater freedom of self-expression, and contribute greatly to the religion

Rastafari is not a highly organized religion. In fact, some Rastas say that it is not a "religion" at all, but a "way of Life". Most Rastas do not identify with any sect or denomination, though there are three prominent mansions of Rastafari: the Nyahbinghi, the Bobo Ashanti and the Twelve Tribes of Israel. By claiming Jah as the returned Jesus, Rastafari is a new religious movement that has arisen from Christianity, much as Christianity arose from Judaism..

In 1996, the Rastafari movement worldwide was given consultative status by the United Nations.

Early Rastafari Teachers

  • Leonard Howell
  • Sam Brown
  • Vernon Carrington
  • Charles Edwards
  • Mortimer Planner

Rasta Music

  • Bob Marley (19451981), musician and singer (converted to Ethiopian Orthodox Church before death)
  • Damian Marley (1978), musician and singer
  • Ziggy Marley (born 1968), musician and singer
  • Peter Tosh (19441987)
  • Bunny Wailer, reggae singer (born April 10,1947)
  • Burning Spear (born 1948), musician and singer
  • Joseph Hill, musician and singer
  • Lincoln Thompson, (1949-1998), musician and composer
  • Prince Far I (1945-1983) Toaster
  • Cedric Myton, composer and musician
  • Buju Banton (born 1973), dancehall and ragga musician and singer
  • Ras Michael, musician and singer
  • Sizzla, musician and singer
  • Bad Brains (1977-), hardcore punk band
  • Wadada Leo Smith, jazz musician and composer
  • Jah-Cure, Reggae singer
  • Gentleman, German Reggae Singer
  • Everton Blender, Reggae Singer
  • Anthony B, Reggae Singer and DJ
  • Richie Spice, Reggae Singer
  • Mutabaraka, Poet and Reggae Musician
  • Augustus Pablo, Reggae Musician


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