While most reggae artists have started their journey in music in Jamaica before moving on to ‘greener pastures’, the super group known as “The Rastafarians” are one of the few bands that were composed of Jamaicans natives living in California.
When the band was formed in 1980, the following year saw the release of ‘Orthodox’, and which is considered as a breakthrough in musicianship and for the religious message that it conveyed. What was rather distinct about this album is that it was radically different from the music of the dancehalls in Jamaica.
However, soon after that, the band broke up and the executive producer (known as Brother Keith) vanished with the master tapes due to tax issues. The other members of the group also took their own copies and sunk into oblivion until Shaka Man (the drummer of the band) re-released the album on Jubilee Palace in the year of 2005.
As tragic as these events were, the talent of this band was obvious as some of the members of the band had worked with Rita and Bob Marley as well as Spearhead before joining the lineup for this critically-acclaimed album.
In 2008, their bassist Haile Maskel put out the album/ compilation known as Fire & Rain through the same record label (Makasound) that had released their groundbreaking album almost two decades ago.