We very excited to release our second round of artist announcement for 2019:
Abyssinians, Yellowman, Gully Bop, Warrior King, Trinity, Dub FX, Keith Poppin, Carl Malcom, Symarip, Benjamin Zephaniah, Iba MaHr, Macka B, Fabio and GrooveRider, Ray Keith, Mad Professor ft Aisha, Sandra Cross, LT Stitchie ft Manudigital, Babe Roots, LionDub, Reema, Kiko Bun, Marcus Gad, Iration Steppas, Charlie P, DigitalDubs, Saxon Sound System, Jah Youth Roots Ambassador, Admiral Tibet, Alam, Carnival Collective, Vibronics, Twilight Circus, Dawn Penn, Earl Gateshead, Dan Wiltshire, Reggae Roast ft Brother Culture, Dubateers ft MC Sherlock Art, Instrument of Jah, Mantra and Double O, Illbilly Hitec, Smith and Mighty, Carl Loben, Lol Hammond, Red I, Angus Tailor, Hennessy Fyah, Rebel Control, The Petty Thieves, Jah Bunny, Skank and Roots, Bloco Branco, The Mighty Sounds, Suemetrix, Steel and Stone, Marx Gallo & Hilton Syndicate, E.sy Kenning, Mango Seed, Bajjna,The Scribes, Killasoundyard, Rough Trade, Ruddock’s Om, Jack Curtis & Leigh Martine, DJ Lighta, Drum Love, Ital Sounds New Era Sound System, The Datura Roots Collective, Shelly Lightnin & The Most High Band, The Scorchers, Etna Contraband, Jamesty, Skata Tones, The Dantra Roots Collective, The Barefoot Band, Clea Llewellyn, Unstoppable Fyah, Good King Steady, Mairaj & The Family, Jah Pirates, Tropical Storm Band, Sun Sooley, Dubious Roots, BuenasySantas, Unity Inspiration, Total Hip Replacement, Tin Foil Hats + more announcements to come
Date of Festival 30th August – 1st September
The Hop Farm, Kent Rd, Paddock Wood, TN126PY
IQulah Rastafari Giddeon Family presents Rasta Village in association with the Rasatafari Andahnet Center (St Ann, Jamaica) and the Ethiopian World Federation.
Hosted by Iqulah Rastafari – Iqulah is the president of EWF Charter 17 in his home of St. Ann, Jamaica and has been a International Chaplin for the last 3yrs
Rastafari is rightly associated with Jamaica for defending Emperor Haile Selassie the First. The island of Jamaica gave birth to the movement in the 1930s. Rastafari is an Abrahamic faith that adheres to much of The Bible, though Rastafaris worship Haile Selassie I, former emperor of Ethiopia.
Rastafari culture rejects many of the conditions of modern society they consider degenerate, including materialism, oppression and sensual pleasures. They refer to this corrupt version of society as “Babylon,” which is directly opposite of “Zion,” the promised land, often considered Ethiopia.
While many Rastas choose not to cut their hair, and wear dreadlocks, it is not an absolute for believers.
Rasta Village will be highlighting the way of life of the Rastafari movement. The Ethiopian World Federation will present a workshop on the works and times of HIM Haile Selassie 1st, the early rise of the Ras Tafari and the Ethiopian movements.
As you approach you’ll hear the traditional Nyabinghi drumming and chanting getting louder and the natural smell of the wood fire pit and Herb and Spice Garden
In the Village you’ll be surrounded by the Rastafarian life in motion and will see the principles of living in harmony with nature and the role of Haile Selassie I.
You have opportunity to witness food preparation through the Ital village kitchen, showing the vegetables, herbs and spices used in Rastafarian cooking, showing the nutritional and culinary importance of each ingredient
Drumming Work Shops
Ital Food Caterers
Craft Work Shops
Home Made Gifts
Chanting and Dance Work Shops
A herb library where your guide will explain the medicinal properties of the many herbs grown there and, in some cases, those which scientists are beginning to investigate for their use in scientific remedies.
A meditative temple where you can engage in your own private contemplation.
Throughout the proceedings there is a traditional drum and chanting session in the centre of the village. With Herbal tea and fresh fruit available to purchase whilst you listen or even join the join the drummers at the end of the session.
Traditional jewellery, clothing and herbal remedies are made and sold in the village.
SPACE OF LOVE
The Space of Love is our dedicated field of holistic, wellbeing and spiritual awakening a place to relax, participate and expand your minds with one or as many of our workshops as you desire.
A central marquee will be the heart of activity where you can enjoy workshops such as; yoga, sound baths, meditations, communal drumming sessions and active art exhibitions. Our mindful workshops have been selected for both children and adults alike, spreading a message of Love, community and empowerment. The Space of Love will provide you with a happy and welcoming environment where you can contemplate the many unseen wonders of our world in a big bubble of Love.
Situated around the marquee hub will be some carefully handpicked stalls amongst the trees to explore offering services such as healing and massage
Each morning between 9am and 11am we will have a variety of meditations, yoga and sound therapies, equally great for you early birds and you sleepy heads, let us lull you into a day of tranquil rejuvenation. Throughout the day you can sample many alternative therapies, gain insight from different concepts or take part in some of our spiritual arts and crafts workshops. Below is a taste of some of the activities available, we look forward to meeting you.
Sound System History
The sound system concept first became popular in the 1950s, in the ghettos of Kingston. DJs would load up a truck with a generator, turntables, and huge speakers and set up street parties. An important part of sound system culture is the sound clash, an organized battle between two or more systems. The culture of the Sound System was brought to the UK with the mass immigration of Jamaicans in the 1960s and 70's