December 27, 2016

Happy Kwanza!

Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966, as the first specifically African-American holiday, According to Karenga, the name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits of the harvest", although a more conventional translation would simply be "first fruits". The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s, although most of the Atlantic slave trade that brought African people to America originated in West Africa.
Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzo Saba, the "seven principles of African Heritage" which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy". For Karenga, a major figure in the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the creation of such holidays also underscored an essential premise that "you must have a cultural revolution before the violent revolution. The cultural revolution gives identity, purpose and direction."
During the early years of Kwanzaa, Karenga said that it was meant to be an "oppositional alternative" to Christmas, However, as Kwanzaa gained mainstream adherents, Karenga altered his position so that practicing Christians would not be alienated, then stating in the 1997, Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture, "Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday."
Many African Americans who celebrate Kwanzaa do so in addition to observing Christmas.

Principles and symbols

Seven candles in a candelabra symbolize the seven principles of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba—the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy," consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world." These seven principles comprise *Kawaida, a Swahili word meaning "common". Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Kwanzaa celebratory symbols include a mat (Mkeka) on which other symbols are placed: a Kinara (candle holder), Mishumaa Saba (seven candles) mazao (crops), Muhindi (corn), a Kikombe cha Umoja (unity cup) for commemorating and giving shukrani (thanks) to African Ancestors, and Zawadi (gifts). Supplemental representations include a Nguzo Saba poster, the black, red, and green bendera (flag), and African books and artworks - all to represent values and concepts reflective of African culture and contribution to community building and reinforcement.[10] With corn being the primary symbol for both decoration and celebratory dinning.

September 22, 2016

Better Late Than Never! Happy Birthday To Winnie Mandela!


September the 19th was the 80th birthday anniversary of the greatest pan African Woman of our generation, Winnie Mandela!

DARC loves your fortitude, your reliance, your commitment to human rights, equality and justice. Many talk the talk but, Queen Mother you also walked the walk.

Your sense of humor and your commitment to African liberation has not waivered one bit, as reflected with your tongue and cheek speech a few days ago in Johannesburg, South Africa. On behalf of DARC and eh Great RasTafari Nation a splendid earthlight. Long Live Winnie Mandela! Stay Black!

DARC presents the ageless beauty Queen Mother Winnie Mandela!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IE58EIK5Lc

September 11, 2016

Ethnic Cleansing Ethiopian Style

Ethiopians ushered the New Year 2009 on Sunday September 11th, however all isn’t well in the land of Civilization’s genesis, as many Ethiopian singers and players of instruments have decided to boycott Ethiopia’s New Year’s celebration. This is because of the brutal treatment being imposed upon the Ethiopian people by it’s Government forces.

At least 17 singers have backed out of gigs to be held in various venues in the capital, Addis Ababa, and other cities. Oromo singer Abush Zeleke was among those who announced their decision on their official Facebook and Twitter pages. Demonstrations began in the Oromo region last November in opposition to the annexing of their territory by the Tigrean. This situation escalated when Tigrean annexed the Amahiea territory. Over the weekend at least 80 inmates died in a fire at a prison where anti-government protesters were reportedly being held. Anding insult to injury, an outspoken Ras Tari bredren  home was invaded and he was brutally murdered in Sashamane. Finally all classes that were scheduled to reopen after the new year has been postponed for at least one month.

Some Ethiopian singers who live abroad are following suit. For example, US-based singer, Abby Lakew, announced she had cancelled all shows in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Las Vegas: and issued the following statement: “I do not want to perform on any stage as of right now while my people are dying!!! I will pray for peace and I believe in one love!!! All people should be treated equally, with the same rights, dignity and human rights.”

 

Stay tuned as the situation unfolds.

darclight reporting...

 

September 10, 2016

DARC Says, "Walk Good Prince Buster."

Prince Buster aka Cecil Bustamente Campbell hailed from Kingston, having been born on Orange Street – now known as the heart and soul of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae. He went to Bed on September 8th and never wakes up. Melancholic though it may be, his transition was pain free. Prince Buster was one of Jamaica’s musical Heroes. His Sound System Prince Buster the Voice of the People used to play hits after hits on Waltham Park Road 28a Dance Hall.

The 1960s were prolific for Campbell not only for the songs released but also for his production work on Oh Carolina by the Folkes Brother in 1960. The year 1964 saw a heavyweight meeting between Campbell and the “greatest” boxer Muhammad Ali, who invited him to attend a Nation of Islam talk in Miami. In 1967 The Prince had a huge top 40 hit in the UK with the single “Al Capone”. Campbell returned to the UK charts in 1998 with his song “Whine and Grine”, which was used in a Levi's advert.

That's where we heard all of the Prince Buster new releases, tunes like “Time longer than Rope”; “They got to come”; “They Got to Go”; “Wash Wash”; “Judge Dread”; “Madness”; “Fowl Thief”; “Shaking up Orange Street”; “Enjoy yourself”; “Hard man fe Dead”; “Rough Rider”; And the list goes on. How can we ever forget the first ever-musical feud between The Prince and Derrick Morgan when he did “Blackhead China Man”? Prince Buster you touch countless people’s life and left a Legacy of music for Generations to come. Travel Good Prince.

 

August 12, 2016

Dr Sabi's Transition

November 26, 1933 – August 6, 2016
 

DARC recently learned of the transition of the Great Dr. Sebi but refused to comment until we were 100% certain as to the facts surrounding his demise. After having speaking personally with his immediate family DARC has decided to post the following.

Below is a link to the most complete information to date. We will provide additional information as we receive them.

DARC and the Great RasTafari Nation publicly extends to the Family and Friends of Dr. Sebi our deepest condolences and wishes the good Dr. a safe and progressive journey within the realm of ancestry.

Walk Good Beloved!!!

http://secretenergy.com/news/the-official-story-of-dr-sebis-death/

August 10, 2016

WHERE IT'S AT?

Reggae Legend Peter Tosh’s Grammy award is currently sitting in LBC Boutique & Loan Pawn Shop, which is located in Somerville Massachusetts USA. According to the shop assistant manager Merion Yohannes it became the store’s property when a relative pawned it along with another piece of music history in March but was unable to repay the agreed upon loan.

Yohannes says that his shop had kept the Grammy in storage until recently. They finally decided to put it on display once TMZ discovered that the have it. He further stated “this I can tell you is the most interesting piece in the shop’s collection which includes Super Bowl rings, Whitey Bulger collectibles along with Tosh’s guitar.” 

The guitar is now on sale for as much as $20,000. But the Grammy is not. According to rules from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, selling the Grammy is strictly prohibited.

August 28, 2015

Summer 2015 Edition of the Darclight Zine!

As citizens in the Great RasTafari Nation, we the Diaspora African RasTafari Congress is honored to present to you the Summer 2015 Edition of the Darclight Zine! 

For Pre-Orders please click here to request: http://shop.darcfoundation.org/pages/contact

http://www.joomag.com/magazine/darclight-zine/0818702001439751828?short

 

July 08, 2015

DARC Banquet; The 85th Anniversary of the Great Coronation

DARC celebrates the 85th Anniversary of the Great Coronation

 

On Sunday November 8th, 2015 At the Golden Terrace 120-23 Atlantic Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418

Contact (855) 723-2722

 Every year during the time of the Great Coronation, the RasTafari nation commemorates the occasion with a variety of celebrations. This year the Diaspora African RasTafari Congress presents a regal Ethiophile Banquet and Awards ceremony. This event not only pays homage to African Zion Divine Negus Negas but also commemorates the birth of the Great RasTafari nation as well as the revelation of the Sirius star system to the Western World. During the event we recognize the works of our peers within the global Pan – African community, and congregate in a united and exemplary manor that befits the moral integrity of Royal Ethiopian subjects. The 2015 Inaugural Ethiophile Banquet commemorates the 85th Anniversary of the aforementioned.

 

January 08, 2015

DARCLIGHT Zine; Winter Solstice 2014 edition

As citizens on the Great RasTafari Nation, we the Diaspora African RasTafari Congress is honored to present to you the Winter Solstice 2014/15 Edition of the darclight Zine!


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September 25, 2014

REGGAE CULTURE SALUTE 10th Annual

 

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Brooklyn, N.Y., September 15TH 2014... The Board of Directors of the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music., (CPR) is pleased to announce that the milestone 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute will be a true reflection of the organization's motto "working together to make things work" with fraternal organizations joining with CPR in co-presenting the event. Union of Jamaica Alumni Association (UJAA), under the stewardship of Karlene Largie, Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At home (JAHJAH Foundation), under the guidance of founder, Dr. Trevor Dixon as well as Diaspora African Rastafari Congress (DARC Foundation) chaired by Ras Jah B will endorse CPR by co-presenting the event on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center in a show of solidarity.

 
Reggae Culture Salute marks the anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Mennen of Ethiopia. The 10th annual staging features the queen of reggae, Marcia Griffiths who will receive CPR's Pinnacle Award for Excellence as she celebrates five decades of performing. The family friendly evening of roots reggae, honoring the unique relationship between reggae, Rasta, Emperor Selassie and Jamaica, will also feature a performance by Everton Blender, a Roots Reggae Showcase performed by members of CPR, nyabinghi drumming, dancing, tributes and the award presentation.   
 
The annual benefit for the Brooklyn based 501 (C) (3) organization, co-founded by Sharon Gordon and Carlyle McKetty is the longest running event of its kind in New York. "The CPR motto, 'working together to make things work' aptly describes what the Union has been doing through their members for some time now," says UJAA's president. "Our family of educational associations continues by extension to set a standard to educate our community and to do so with the collaboration of those organizations like Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) who seek also to educate." In recognizing the collaboration imperative, Karlene Largie says, "We join them, not only because of the collective resources, but because it is the right thing to do.  We are excited about co-presenting the 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute."
 
For Dr. Trevor Dixon, founder of JAH JAH Foundation, Reggae Culture Salute "is a campaign to increase the understanding and development of reggae music." He points out that, "Since the JAHJAH Foundation mission is to provide upliftment for Jamaica, and since reggae is a part of Jamaica's culture, the JAHJAH Foundation supports this unique initiative." He is especially mindful that "Proceeds from the event will benefit CPR's workshops and online activities and overall, assist them with their undertakings and bringing the message of reggae to the world." 
 
The 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute is sponsored by Dennis Shipping, VP Records and Transcontinental Express Shippers. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs conducted by CPR as well as co-presenters, UJAA, JAHJAH Foundation and DARC Foundation. For information call 718-421-6927 or email info@cprreggae.org
 
The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Inc. (CPR) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that works to preserve the reggae art form and its traditional message of healing and unity. The mission of the Coalition is to raise the bar in the creation, development, promotion and presentation of reggae music; to elevate the profile of its purveyors; and to research, codify, curate and disseminate information about the genre so as to increase understanding of its development, its significance, and its influence around the world. CPR conducts forums, presents events and broadcasts radio programs via CPRLive about reggae music and is open to all reggae lovers.
 
About UJAA
The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc.(UJAA) is a 40 member not for profit umbrella organization of alumni associations of basic, primary, secondary and tertiary schools in Jamaica.  Formed in 1990, through its various programs, UJAA's mission includes strong support for early childhood education in Jamaica, being active participants in Diaspora affairs that involve all aspects of education encompassing culture, arts and academia, and supporting those endeavors in our adopted community to make it the place to raise our families and do business.
 
About JAHJAH Foundation:
The JAHJAH Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been participating in the upliftment of Jamaica since 2007. The foundation engages support from the Jamaican Diaspora and friends of Jamaica all around the world. We concentrate our efforts in the health, social and education sectors and through partnerships with Jamaica's public hospitals, schools and orphanages. We have been making a difference through our foundation's initiatives, which include renovating medical facilities, donating equipment and tools, health fairs, school supplies, providing furniture and refurbishing to several institutions, conducting workshops for medical personnel, and much more.

About DARC Foundation:
The Diaspora African RasTafari Congress is an organization committed to the principles and ideals of Emperor Haile Selassie 1st. The vision is to adhere to His divinity and character, while maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. The Organization works on issues ranging from education to sustainable development, environment protection, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, economic and social development, health, expanding food production, and more.