Dread History:

The African Diaspora,
Ethiopianism, and Rastafari

Suggested Readings & Discography

Suggested Readings

In recent years, a growing number of Rastafari have begun to write about their history, movement, and culture from their own perspective.

Alemu I, Atiba Jahson
1996 The Rastafari Ible (Bible). Frontline Distribution International, Inc.


Chevannes, Barry
1994 Rastafari: Roots and Ideology. New York: Syracuse University Press.


Homiak, John
1994 From Yard to Nation: Rastafari and the Politics of Eldership at Home and Abroad. In Manfred Kremser, ed.

Ay Bobo: Afro-Caribbean Religions (Part III). Vienna: Institute fur Volkerkunde der Universitat Wien.


Jah Bones
1987 One Love: Rastafari History, Doctrine, and Livity. Voice of Rasta Publishing House/Ruz Distribution, Ltd. Tottenham: London.


Morrison, Silburn Mosiah
1992 Rastafari: The Conscious Embrace. Brooklyn. Itality Publishing House/Headstart Books.


Rodney, Walter
1969 The Groundings with My Brothers. London: Bogle-L'Overture Publications.


Scott, William
1994 The Sons of Sheba's Race: African-Americans ant the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-1941. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


1978 "And Ethiopia Shall Stretch Forth Its Hands": The Origins of Ethiopianism in Afro-American Thought, 1767-1896. Umoja 11(1):1-14.


Shepperson, G.
1968 Ethiopianism: Past and Present. In C.G. Baeta, ed., Christianity in Tropical Africa.


Yawney, Carole
1994 Rastafari Sounds of Cultural Resistance: Amharic Language Training in Trench Town, Jamaica. In Manfred Kremser, ed., Ay Bobo: Afro-Caribbean Religions (Part III). Vienna: Institute fur Volkerkunde der Universitat Wien.




Rastafari Elders, 1991 Ras Records. Washington, D.C.


Modern Antique, 1991 Ras Pidow, Ras Records. Washington, D.C.


Ark of the Covenant: Nyabinghi, 1994. Ras Ivi and the Family of Rastafari.


Kulungu: Traditional Rastafari Kumina Songs, Prayers, and Reasonings. 1996.
Produced by Ras E.S.P. McPherson.


Satta masagana 1969. The Abbysinians. Ras Records


The History, 1997. Ras Sam Brown. Ras Records.


Confrontation. Bob Marley


Equal Rights. Peter Tosh


Hail H.I.M. Burning Spear