Nyahbinghi music for some is the highest culturally and spiritually uplifting music. They would say that it is the music that helped to liberate their foreparents from “downpression” of the white colonialists!
So says Ras Fiyah Lion, of the Wisroc Rastafari Churchchical organisation, known as the Haile Selassie I Theocracy Reign of the Nyahbinghi Order.
Ras Fiyah Lion and his brethren are currently engaged in building their brand new tabernacle at Wisroc to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of their establishment on July 23.
According to Ras Lion, the troolie-covered edifice, which is being constructed solely with natural materials, will be among the largest in the world, and will be called the new ‘’Shashamane.’’
Ras Lion said that Ras Boenerges, a rastafari patriot from Jamaica, had visited the tabernacle site and had declared, “This must be our headquarters’’. He is calling on all Guyanese to relocate to the higher land, which is Linden, which he declared is rich in all the natural resources needed for progress and development.
“Linden is the promising city for repatriation and restoration. This should be the most prosperous place in Guyana,” Lion emphasised.
All are invited to the anniversary celebrations, Ras Lion said, not only the Rastafarian community, and pointed out that all foods and beverages will be free of charge.
No meats or alcoholic beverages will be served; only ital and natural juices. Entertainment will be provided by the brethren themselves, and will feature Nyahbinghi music, drumming, chanting scripture reading and dancing.
There will be no Reggae music according to Ras Lion, because it is felt that this form of music helps to destroy people. Neither will there be any daggering or any type of lewd dancing.
A day of counseling will be held prior to the day of celebrations, and there will also be discussions, pertaining to other aspects of the twelfth anniversary celebrations to be held in other parts of the country.
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