Rastafari musical artifacts lost in fire: What you can do to help



We at MIDNIGHT RAVER got word several days ago that drums and other historical artifacts used in the birth of Jamaica’s popular music were destroyed in a fire at Rockfort in East Kingston a week ago.



The drums and other percussion instruments belonged to the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, the group of drummers founded by Count Ossie and which played on the internationally renowned hit “Oh Carolina,” the infectious ska number recorded by the Folkes Brothers in 1958.

Ska was the forerunner to the rock steady, reggae, rockers and dancehall genres and was the first to bring the unique sound of Jamaica’s popular culture to the world stage.

When the Jamaica Observer visited the two-room dwelling where the instruments were stored, Count Ossie’s son, Samuel Williams, also called ‘Time’, was a picture of despondence.

“These drums are older than me, and I am 56. I have been playing drums since I was eight and I have no other trade. All I do is play drums,” he said as he shook his head slowly.

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In an effort to do our part to help restore these historic artifacts and to provide support for our friends, MIDNIGHT RAVER launched a fundraising campaign through CrowdRise.  If you wish to make a donation please visit Rise Mystic Revelation campaign.  Even the smallest donations will be extraordinarily helpful in reaching our goal of $1000.

All donations are deposited into an escrow account established through WePay, and the total funds raised will be transferred directly from escrow to a foundation to be established for charitable donations.

Click the image below to read about the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

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If you have any questions or concerns please email me at midnightraverblog@gmail.com

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