The Abyssinians’ Rehearsal @ Bob Marley’s Museum/Trench Town Culture Yard 1

The Abyssinians’ Rehearsal @ Bob Marley’s Museum/Trench Town Culture Yard 1


My career started back more than 45 years ago back in the late sixties, mid-sixties. Same George Henry here and I and Donald Manning The first time we started to sing It was same place here in Trench Town As I was saying, Trench Town is the area where all of the singers came from back then We all started same place here in Trench Town. Around 66, 67. Same period as His Majesty came to Jamaica The first recording was “Satta Massagana” which was recorded in 1969 Three years after His Imperial Majesty came to Jamaica we recorded that song The main reason for recording that song A delegation went to Ethiopia back in the early 60’s The government sent a delegation One of the main things that the Emperor told the delegation was that when they return to Jamaica they should start teaching the people the language of Ethiopia so that they can communicate with Ethiopians because we are blood brothers We were the first group to establish The amharic (Ethiopian Language) On Reggae Music. “Satta Massagana”. When the people heard Satta Massagana they realized that it was Amharic. More Ancient dynamic: “Geez”. More ancient tongue. Donald Manning and his brother Lynford Manning and myself we recorded that song. that was the first recording Second recording was “Declaration of Rights”, with George Henry, Myself and Leroy Sibbles On the same Abyssinians heading and from there on the career started Several other songs, “Declaration of Rights”, “Forward Unto Zion” A lot of the recordings, we did with the Manning brothers Lynford and Donald My most recent Album, “Last Days”, was redorded by Melvin Trusty and George Henry I’m not sure whether there is more than one group currently but The Abyssinians is like a Corporation There is more than one group under name The Abyssinians Everything started right here in Trench Town. I’m with the group from the sixties At some stage I was out because I was representing Jamaica in the soccer team as well but I was still connected During the travel and touring My most memorable experience was in Japan city, seven cities in Japan. The place was ok. In terms of their business life, they were on time the cities were so clean. Beautiful! Well i’ve been with the group for around 20 years we’ve been together. rehearsing and trying to get things together we start doing shows locally Eventually we got some tours and started to travel We’ve been all over the world Its been a good experience so far As I say, it’s like a prayer each time we perform it’s like a prayer to me. I give thanks to be a part of this. My greatest memory is in Paris I saw the Eiffel Tower I always saw the Eiffel Tower in documentary I was able to touch it That was a real memory for me, a pleasant memory. I’ve traveled all over the world for the past decade. The most memorable place that I’ve visited was Israel, Jerusalem I’ve been hearing about Jerusalem all these years as a youth and reading about Jerusalem in the bible It wasn’t until about three or four years ago that I went there twice in the past decade. I was surprised when I went to the Dead Sea. I actually took a bath in the Dead Sea They showed me that over the hills there is Jordan, Jericho We went into the Holy City Where they buried Christ I was amused to see people trying to pick up things from off the tomb like little stones and little rocks. There is nothing to pick up, but people always try to find something We went against the walls, Great Walls through the city It was very historical for me Music alone keeps me energized. over the years that I’ve been in music from infancy, crying as Bob said Just being, and meditating with the music and creating music always keeps me energized As you know, we are flesh and blood and we can get sick Other than the music, I do a lot of exercise. I ride my bike…there is my bike. I’m 67 years old and I still ride my bike I don’t change from what I do. I try to eat good food, I go to the sea in the morning wake up early Go by the sea and get my fish for my fish tea Ride my bike around town I don’t drive a car. I can afford to a car but I ride a bike. It keeps me energized. I don’t change my style The only thing I might change is in my eating habit Stuff like sweets and fast food… I still eat sweet but I kind of cut down on certain things because you have to move with the time When you get a little older You’re not burning up so much energy even though I still do exercise and ride along Think wisely, create music. Music alone keeps me energized. me personally

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