The road to self-dis­cov­ery

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SELF-DIS­COV­ERY MEANS dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. For some, it means find­ing their pur­pose in life and un­der­stand­ing how their child­hood and fam­ily struc­ture help to shape them into who they are – the good and the bad. For oth­ers, it’s a road map to hap­pi­ness, find­ing new be­lief sys­tems, a jour­ney of clar­ity and en­light­en­ment.

For Kabaka Pyra­mid, the rad­i­cal reg­gae/hip-hop lyri­cist, his self-dis­cov­ery was a spir­i­tual jour­ney awak­ened through Rasta­far­i­an­ism.

“I started out with the Chris­tian mind­set. I grew up in the Church and was bap­tised at 10 years old. I was al­ways con­scious of good and evil; that was some­thing that Christianity def­i­nitely made me aware of. I tried to be good at all times. It was re­ally through Siz­zla Kalonji’s mu­sic that I found Rasta­fari and my iden­tity with Rasta and an African con­text, and that just opened me up. That’s when I started to read books, [books like African Holis­tic

Narda Stephen­son

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