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.