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Upcoming Event: ALBQ. HipHop and Reggae relief effort. Oct11th

Since Hurricane Maria touched the entire Caribbean it is hard for anyone who knows ones , lived or visited any of the islands to not care and be concerned. US citizens or not, the entire Carribbean has given the Earth a consciousness and connection to Africa and the Culture developed through each islands way of finding sovereignty and defending it.  Whether in the drum beats preserved, or the rich indigenous  history that proves our presence in the west before Columbus. The Caribbean has shaped world view through music and African awareness and reverence. The Word “Hurricane” is a Tiano word from the native people of Boricau aka Puerto Rico, the same natives that have given over 500 words we use regularly. Like BBQ, ( another Taino word)  it has transcended words, it is a link to how we used to relate and how many of us still do. Keep good relations and lets focus this year to helping out St. Croix, St. Martin, Dominica, Puerto Rico, do more than recover, but collectively realize that warming water is a result of rising temperatures. That this is man made to a heavy degree, a result of green house gases, majority are from THE MEAT INDUSTRY, AND THEN OIL AND GAS. The people of Caribbean have suffered massively for crimes that they have contributed and benefited least from. This is a bigger issue of how the Earth is treated, and whether we let the most murderous governments use the environment to spread a neocolonial agenda that only increases poverty and world suffocation.   I suggest that everyone see the speech made by the Prime Minister of Dominica to the United Nations about 2 weeks ago.

With that said, we are having a concert to raise awareness, and some money. It will be sent directly to a Ras in PR who is responsible and an honor to have in the community. I would like to send a warm hail up to Fikir Amlak and Brizon for putting out an album where 100 percent goes to PR. The link for that album is. https://iroots.bandcamp.com/album/fikir-amlak-brizion-we-live-on-dubplate-for-charity

Here in New Mexico we have a show on Oct. 11th at Burt’s Tiki Lounge.  There are a lot of good performances, and with Third, as the host it will be a good event. Any live artists who want to paint free up and come. We will have a box for donations at the door and there will be no cover. SO DONATE> Big performances for GOOD EARTH, RAS ILLY, LEGEND JAMALSKI (BDP) BLUNT TRAMA, STEEZ JOBS, RAS ELIJAH, DJ KRON JEREMY,  WITH A SPECIAL GUEST DEF-I AND MORE. YUP, DEF-I THE ONE AND ONLY.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE. Hip Hop and Reggae for Progress.

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STAY CONSCIOUS. JAH BLESS.

OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE/ SPECIAL EDITION BOOK AND CD OF “WISDOM”

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Its been a long time in the making and the Hip Hop Album “Wisdom” will be released on Nov. 2nd 2017- Unless if your in Denver this Sept 10 Celebrations! For a special occasion, coming out tomorrow is a 16 page Book, of thoughts, lyrics, art, of the times and Emperor Haile Selassie I. It will a limited series, and will only be available through select outlets.

The Scheduled Release of the album officially is November 2nd, 2017 to Honor the 77th Anniversary of the Crowning of the King of Kings, Jah in Flesh, Emperor Haile Selassie I along side with Empress Menen Asfaw and Royal Youth. The Root of David and Conquering Lion of Judah as Earth’s True Rightful Ruler.

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This album wouldn’t be possible without the great strength of Jose of Light Worker Productions, Jah Ivan of Good Over Evil Productions, DeeZee of UnderDog Productions, By the River Productions along with Brother Immanuel from TSHIHION IHIYHTHZH Music, Brother Diles of Visceral View, Brother Charles X and K-OTIC, Robby from Underwater Productions, Brother Mark Seville, and some O.G.’s that always stay hidden. You know who you are.

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The Books are 15.00 and come with the CD, that will be available from a select few, inbox INI if you want to have one put on hold. We also have a lovely Music Video Coming soon from Brother Lucas of THICITY Productions! Thank You King!  The album will be all over and widely available Jah Willing, Let ones know and I pray that it is a strength in the world, where there is so much information and so little WISDOM.

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All Praises due to the Jah the Father, Son and Mother of Creation. ONE JAH. Rastafari!

Art Show and Celebrations in Denver! Come join us Sept. 10th!!

Blessed  Love One and All, we are getting ready for Colorado! Ras Zakarias and InI and Empress are taking this show on the road. This may be the biggest display of Original Art and Prints We have ever taken out of New Mexico. There’s so much happening its nearly hard to say…Here is a flyer with the details! Give thanks for the Colorado Ras, Sean Bookman, as well as Ras Elbow, for hosting and organizing at the “Da Base Camp” in the Lakewood area of Denver. Really looking forward to citing everyone for a one day mini-festival of cultural reverence. Haile Selassie I.

Sept. 10 Ethiopian New year Celebrations 2017 Denver

Here’s a sneak peak at a piece that I’m finishing up this morning before InI Head forward…

More Powers. LIONART ON THE WAY.

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New Painting! ” Jah’s Umbrella “

What a Joyful Meditation it is to think of Emperor Haile Selassie I. This painting spoke to who His Imperial Majesty is to INI, because it is of HIM alone holding His Royal Umbrella. In a Fatherly walk He approaches, where the Heaven and Earth are indistinguishable. Water and Rain everywhere and it looks at first He walks on water, which we all do when He rains.

The Umbrella is special for many reasons, including it represents the Heavens protection and His Imperial Position, usually a Head of State and certainly the Emperor has a trusted one hold his Umbrella, and this was a rare photo that was used. The Rasta-Man aka Priest and Prophet, ( the trusted ones)  holds the umbrella as do they crown the King, for no King can Crown Himself.  This Great King, can carry His Own Umbrella, He is all of Man’s history and future walking towards you. An Emperor who doesn’t believe in classism, and is joyful carrying the weight as Earth’s Rightful Ruler.  Walking in way that reminds I of any good father, with the confidence that He was sent to help Us weather the storm. Thank You Jah for watching out for us, and walking with us, as One of Us.

“Jah’s Umbrella.” Acrylic and Indian Ink.

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This Painting will be shown for the first time Sept. 10th at Da Base Camp in Denver for Ethiopian New Years Celebrations. The Original and Prints are available and ready.  25. for a print, and the original is 700. 26″x20″ on Canvas. Shared Rights are available for reproduction. Email or inbox.

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“Emerald Glow.” Haile Selassie I Light.

Give thanks for the Emerald Judah King, For the Guidance and Mercy of the Emperor. This piece is inspired by His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I and His ability to resonate a Power that is so Strong and Humble. The Feeling of Life itself inhaling. The Color of the Rock of Judah is Green, and often you will see InI paint Green as the Aura of the Palace or His Throne. Judah Emerald. The Cross symbolism is to remind ones of the Prophecy of Christ’s Kingdom which is seen through the Line of David. The Conquering Lion is wearing His signature cape as He warned the World of Fascism and WW2 to come as well as the solution being collective security. The Painting is based on a photo taken in 1936 in Geneva, with an influence of Orthodox Coptic Christian Art.

Ras Elijah Tafari All rights reserved 2017

Ras Elijah Tafari All rights reserved 2017

(20”x 24″) Mixed Media.  Spray paint, acrylic and Indian ink.

As I was painting I decided to stop here because His Imperial Majesties face reminded I of His Father in flesh, Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael. Sometimes when painting someone you can tap into the ancestors and something comes out, grandma, sometimes our children. I said I hope you can see Ras Makonnen, left it there and put the brush down.
The original is for sale and as well signed prints. The piece is also available for use, so let me know if you need an album cover. Prints are 25.00 plus shipping, email or inbox InI. Just one of the many painting cover to Denver this Sept. 10th Ethiopian New Year show. At The BaseCamp on Sunday!

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This is a picture of Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael, Father of His Imperial Majesty.

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ORIGINAL PHOTO OF HIS MAJESTY USED 1936.

HAILE SELASSIE 1936GIVE THANKS FOR THE REFLECTIONS AND INFLECTIONS OF H.I.M. HAILE SELASSIE I.

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New Painting “LAVA”

It is a true joy to feel the Spirit in this time and I hope you enjoy this new piece,  ”LAVA.” The piece is inspired by the Fire that Ethiopia produces within the Higher Self that holds the Energy of the Heavens. Foot Firm on the Rock, The Grounding is the harnessing of the Gift of Power ( HAILE). InI have the Angels comforting and guiding I, this is a painting of the feeling of the awesome current that unites us with the angelic forces.

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New paintings are coming forward, and its a joy to share them with everyone. Let The Most High be Praised. In excitement for the Ethiopian New Year Celebrations  ( Sept. 11) I have been painting a lot! InI look forward to sharing the art at The Base Camp on Sunday in Denver and will be sharing huge amounts of art with the community to reason on African History, Collective Responsibility, Ethiopian Prophecy and Rastafari Culture.

The Original is available and permission and rights are also available for a CD cover/ t-shirts. You can also support by buying a Signed Print which are 25.00 plus shipping. If interested in the Original please inbox on the site or at lionartproductions@gmail.com. Give thanks for the Life Giver, for the Power of the Most High Living In Us. Jah Rastafari. Selassie I.

New Mexico~ Rastafari~ Collective~ NewsLetter Sept. # 2 is out!

Blessed Love to One and All, Greetings in the Name of His Imperial Majesty. Emperor Haile Selassie I. Give thanks for the royal warmth that was shown in the making and sharing of issue 1 of NMRC newsletter, this issue has so much pertaining to greater unity that it is important that it is public. I hope you enjoy it, and this has been a progressive month. We love any news that ones could add, thoughts and articles from New Mexico Ras in order to fully Itribute to the community near and far. Please send submissions to lionartproductions@gmail.com. Feel free to share and get involved! Jah Bless! Rastafari Present.

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Thank you for reading, and please link with any questions, comments, articles and artistic submissions. This is about getting to know each other, no matter how far we are physically, it is the Spirit that moves us together. Peace and Blessings with you all!! Thank you for everyone in the community, stay strong. “Duces up!” as my brother Charles X would say. Peace. Hail Selassie I Every Day.

Ras Elijah Tafari. Editor in Chief.

Rastafari perspective on current USA and its impact on the World.

It seems that it isn’t natural to continue as last week, when we are in a different reality today. The events of the last few days has altered the consciousness of the World, let alone the USA. Never before have I witnessed a “leader’s” words be more destructive than a terrorist attack. Though Trump has empowered white supremacists he has also brought many to have study the foundation of the USA and realize that both race and racism are interlinked to the future and the past of the USA. Further, the study and refusal to accept Fascist behavior is what internationally the world has been calling for and often has the USA to thank for lack of democracy and current Fascist governments, specifically that of the Philippines, Egypt and Israel. The change and tide may be the saving grace for billions of the Earth’s population if the USA chooses to reconcile with its past and present monsters. The only way to deal with any sickness is to recognize it so it can be addressed.

Both racism and fascist behavior is so systematic that it is older in form than the USA, and has been corrupting everyone on this planet since before birth. Since the day most were born they have been taught to be white supremacist, all colors, all nations. Internationally the darkest and most indigenous people are hated- why are the Roots of all nations hated by their children? It is because all modern media was created to encourage and continue imperial colonialism and white supremacy. Even before the camera’s and radio, libraries and information were published and controlled for masses in amounts to simply hold a monopoly and authority over knowledge. Books not approved by the Church from a long time have been looked at as not authentic..this is white supremacy in the form of inquisition style fascism, where the Catholic Church is the dictator.

In this time it is no different, here in NM we have the terrorists known as conquistadors that are honored. We have streets and schools all honoring men that no doubt murdered millions of people collectively, and this before George Washington, so the USA doesn’t feel that there is any responsibility to repair the Spanish terrorism that is still reminding us of injustice. The basic insensitivity of thinking life is based on war and conquering, that the victors have a right to create class warfare with whomever they wish is the foundation of modern capitalism. All of this is based on white supremacy in different forms. This started before the English arrived and is collectively the World’s issue when we look at the class warfare that it used in every country through drug wars to basic beauty standards. Now things have changed and here is why…

For the first time, in the name of ” freedom” the USA president has said that there are good and fine people in the KKK and who are Nazi’s. The USA who was never invaded during WW2 and never cared to help for years, profiting off of Hitler and Fascism, has no clue what it means to be invaded or bombed. It has no idea what war looks like at home. Those who have, know that Nazi’s and Fascists are more than mis-intentioned, they are lead by a vision that has no respect for human life. In Germany it is illegal to wear or wave a Nazi flag. If the Taliban or ISSL wants to have a march would it be excusable? The KKK and Nazi’s have been considered terrorists organizations for 3 decades, and still they are having rallies. It has often been noted that when Europeans commit acts of terror there is a double standard. Both African and Europeans are more likely to be murdered in the USA by white supremacists than any other terrorist organization.

Since President Truman the USA has used Nuclear weapons to bully the world and has consciously choose to in a similar way make human life not sacred but expendable and blood profitable. This foreign policy has revealed to the World for years its true motives, which is far from spreading democracy. It has used weapons as its currency for votes and approval. With the hypocrisy of the office of President and the USA people, her citizens are at odds with the dream of the country. It seems that the shame of the USA being looked at as a place for fascists and nazis has finally reached the general public. For years we have expressed our biggest “fear” is being attacked by a white supremacists, and now Europeans are realizing that it is also their biggest threat. This is deeper than the masses have realized because the long relationship the USA has had for Nazi’s and how many were hired by the US government and allowed to enter after WW2. This obsession with WW2 has a special meaning to Rastafari, being that the call to fight fascists came from Emperor Haile Selassie I after Benito Mussolini invaded of Ethiopia. He warned the world, that it may be HIM today but it will be you tomorrow. It came to pass then, and it is coming to pass now. Rastafari connected Fascism and colonialism as the same ideology and this is the conflict with US policy and European foreign policy.

Right now, people in the US have been confronted with the terrorist next door, with the real domestic enemies that have killed more Americans than any foreigner, the legacy of the Confederacy. What they are also having to deal with is that they have made room for this evil by allowing fear-mongers to push the Drug War, Minimum/Mandatory sentences, pro-Israel bias, and being absent on any conference on racism let alone human rights courts and laws. The USA has been a rogue state for a long time, and now the population has noticed that some people don’t care about anything decent when it comes to international expectations. Donald Trump has done something that has never been done, he has encouraged White Supremacists and has also given space for a reasonable rebellion from the population and those who face tyranny by a Nazis.

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After I heard the “president’s” comments or lack of, I wanted to write Marvel comics and Hollywood for constantly making Nazi’s the bad guy and the KKK the enemy of dignity. I thought it was being over done for years, but that programming came out when it came to resisting and refuting the KKK and Nazi sympathizers. Its like we are back in the 1940′s and when it comes to simple logic, if any other terrorist organization walked down your streets threatening the citizens the least most would have is a baseball bat ready. This is not the 1960′s where mobs can attack people with pepper spray and fists and not expect to get  it back. Self defense is a God given reaction. For years non violence has been used and fascists think they can walk over the people. We as Ethiopians and Rastafari are as Anti-fascist as it gets, and when it comes to fighting against fascists it is a duty to the cause of freedom to erase the notion of dominion over another thru violence and terror. We can see that the police when confronted by those with guns will run and it is simply ourselves collectively that is the only government that will operate. Collective Security then as well as now is the solution, and maybe the USA will be able to actually do the same with the World Community as they combat similar psychopaths that threaten the world’s peace.

 

Right now, we are being confronted with a new issue. One that as Africans we have noted for years, that due to the program of White Supremacy, it is up to Europeans to decry white supremacy as a theology based on hate and subjection without any supreme thoughts included.  Europeans (and most of the world) have been programmed to only listen to Europeans. We have said, and warned the world, ” That until the color of a mans skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes..there will be war.” Emperor Haile Selassie I. Now is the time where true reflection is needed from all of the World about who are their leaders, and if there are none, then now is the time to be one.

I thank all those who in any way have publicly spoken out in order not to create disunity, and I would hope a closer study of the subject continues so that we can look at how to change to future of the USA to what its greatest potential is, to have a renaissance within that defines a vision to be rather than a dream for some and nightmare for others. We thank all those who made a stand for peace in Charlottesville and through out the world, respectful of the multitudes who given their life for human rights and dignity.

I leave you with a Word From His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I. “Throughout History, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
May Jah Protect You. Rastafari.

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STRETCH OUT OUR HANDS TO JAH. ART PREVIEW: AUG. 4TH SHOW!

Friday night Aug. 4th, 6-8pm at the Sector in Alb.,  Ras Zakarias, InI and DuttyBookMan will be sharing Roots and Culture  Empowerment Reasonings and Paintings and Books. This is a preview of the new art that will be showing from InI. ” Stretch forth Our hands to Jah!” is a painting series celebrating Salvation thru King David’s Psalm 68. Verse 31: ” Princes and Ambassadors shall come out of Egypt, and Ethiopia Kush shall stretch out her hand unto Yah.”  This is one of the Most Holy Psalms to Ras in and out of Ethiopia. We are in that time where we must embrace Our Father with knowledge of who we are as Ethiopians and full fill Our duty. Holy Emmanuel I King Selassie I Jah Rastafari.

1.  Mountain of Bashan. Psalms 68:15.  Indian Ink/ Acrylic. 350.00 Signed PRINTS AVAILABLE. 25.00

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2.  The Narrow Door: Jah Makes a Home for the Lonely. Psalm 68: 6. Indian Ink, Acrylic: Original 300.00 Signed Prints available 25.00.

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3. ” Jah Gave the Word; The women that proclaimed it was a great company:” Psalm 68: 11, Indian Ink/ Acrylic. Original 500.00 signed prints 25.00.

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4.  ”…WHEN YOU STEPPED THROUGH THE WILDERNESS, SELAH.” PSALMS 68; 7 INDIAN INK AND ACRYLIC. ORIGINAL SOLD. SIGNED PRINTS 25.00

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MORE TO COME! ITS A ONE NIGHT SHOW: AUG.4TH IN CONCERT WITH DUTTYBOOKMAN AND RASTAFARI ARTIST RAS ZAKARIAS. SAYING WHAT WORDS CANNOT AND CAN. 6-8PM 122 LA VETA 87108.

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Give thanks for Life ,The Living Word and Works. Haile Selassie I The Lion Of Judah Embodiment and fullfillment.

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DuttyBookMan Tour. AUG 3-4 Rastafari Reasoning and Art Show. NM

The New Mexico Rastafari Collective is proud to present  Brother Dutty BookMan, Jamaican Rastafari, activist, teacher, author and DJ. His books include:

“FATIDIC” Selected Duttyisms  and

TRIED & TRUE : Revelations of a Rebellious Youth (2011)

He has worked close with the Marley family and foundation, and founded his own Arts and Culture foundation “Manifesto Jamaica” based in Toronto which is a youth empowerment non profit leadership organization . DuttyBookman will be in New Mexico for several days, making a stop in Las Vegas and Albuquerque. We will be proud to have him at “The Sector” in 122 La Veta Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 From 6-8pm. InI and Ras Zakariah will be showing Our art and will enjoy the reasoning with our big brother. Expect a High Vibe of Social and Rastafari Livity Culture. Clearly from His Name, honoring the ancestors thru Our Purpose and works to be channeled for our nation. The Event is free, any donations will be welcome so we can also contribute to the Youth programs sponsored by DuttyBookMan. He will be in Las Vegas NM Aug. 3 at New Moon Fashion back yard. 5-9pm.

AFTER THE REASONING ON AUG. 4TH we will be going DOWNTOWN to join The Hip Hop Community and we will be at 4th and Central at the Cypher that is held on the First Friday of every month. It LIVE and FREE, with DuttyBookMan spinning and live art and dancing…if you have been there you already know. If you haven’t its real, check it. 20120817_1554044271334461_1659429975_n

You can learn about DuttyBookMan and check his books and works at: http://duttyism.com

and here is a great reasoning: https://youtu.be/dHrthWCNVJE

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Thank you Ras Zakarias for all the hard work and organizing. Thank You every one at the Sector for helping the community with Culture and Art to uplift the community, likewise thank you New Moon Fashion for Itinual support! Big Up to Cyrus for bringing Hip Hop back to the streets.  Las Vegas, Albuquerque, lets get together and feel alright. Its going to be a revolutionary Sabbath. Please share and tell a friend. Roots and Culture time.

Jah Bless, One Perfect Love.

Ras Elijah Tafari.