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He al­lowed talented youth from the area to come there and record. Isaacs said. Of course, the stu­dio also served as a hub for per­sons in the area pur­su­ing mu­sic

40 stu­dents who had travelled from Hamp­ton High School in St El­iz­a­beth.

“More than 40 of them were here. This is a big change for us, who fought hard for this,” said the priest, adding that in cel­e­bra­tion of the coro­na­tion of for­mer em­peror Haile Se­lassie I and Em­press Me­nen, the chants would com­mence at ap­prox­i­mately 9 p.m. for seven days, end­ing ev­ery morn­ing by 9 a.m.

“De­pend­ing on the vi­bra­tion, we may ‘seal up’ by 9 a.m.,” he said, not­ing that the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion at­tracted thou­sands each year.

Hamp­ton High was not the only ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion to visit as sev­eral stu­dents from The Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona, used the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about an as­pect of the Ja­maican cul­ture that priest Ita said the “sys­tem tried to delete”.

The ac­tiv­i­ties, which com­menced on Novem­ber 2 at mid­night, saw Rasta­far­ian fam­i­lies coming to­gether to light the Fiya Key on the Nyah­binghi grounds. The Fiya Key is com­posed of logs of dry wood stocked in a huge pile.

Lit by the priest of the Nyah­binghi, seven Psalms were re­cited – Psalm 101, 68, 2, 83, 94, 11, and 9.

“It is the duty of ev­ery brethren (brother) to prepare wood for the fire, which is a con­sum­ing fire for evil­do­ers ir­re­spec­tive of colour, race, or creed. No garbage, waste, or refuse should be thrown in the Nyah­binghi fire, which burns un­ceas­ingly dur­ing the days of the Nyah­binghi. The fire must not be dis­turbed,” stated Ras Flako Ta­fari.

He ex­plained that Rasta­fari sons and daugh­ters can gather around the fire for warmth or to pour out judg­ment on Mys­tery Baby­lon. Af­ter the light­ing, Rasta­fari brethren and sistren are led into the taber­na­cle for chant­ing prayers and thanks­giv­ing.


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