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Nature's 'revolution' used as theme song for Coral Gardens Massacre anniversary

by Nicole Bell

Reggae artiste Nature said it was a humbling experience to see his single Revolution being used as the theme song for the recently concluded Coral Gardens Massacre, which had marked its 50th anniversary.

The Coral Gardens Massacre has become an important occasion in the nation's history for many Rastafarians who have either experienced or learned about the unfortunate event, which took place in 1963 in western Jamaica.

The Massacre, according to reports, derived from an alleged major government crackdown on the Rasta brethrens during those periods.

According to the account of the incident in which several policemen were injured and numerous Rastafarians shot and killed, a 'locksman', who was jailed following a land dispute, sought to seek revenge on those he claimed conspired to send him to prison by burning a gas station that was erected on the disputed land. When the news of the incident broke, the police reportedly declared war on the brethren.

Members of the Rastafarian fate organised a special function last Friday, March 29, to Sunday, March 31 in Montego Bay.

The function included an elder's banquet at Pitfour Nyahbinghi Centre in Montego Bay, and featured several speakers of the likes of Dr Verene Shepherd, Michael Barnett, Miguel Brooks, Ras Jalawni, and Ras Miguel Lorne, among others, with added entertainment by Mutabaruka's Black Musik Sound. There was also a football extravaganza at Jarrett Park.

Being the island's premiere reggae-oriented station, Irie FM broadcasted from the event, and as such, chose the young reggae artiste's inspiring song as a representation of their promotion.

The song was chosen by the station's programme director Andrea Williams. It was produced by Downsound Records, whose CEO Joe Bagdonavich is about to shoot and direct a music video for the song.

Also, the song is being promoted worldwide by Contractor's Marketing, the marketing division of the Kingston-based label.

Nature, who has also received worldwide recognition for his single World Peace, was happy that he could be a part of such an historic moment in Jamaica's history.

"It is very humbling. I am pleased because this is an important occasion and it is a well-document, incident in Jamaica's history," he said.

There was also a recap of the event on Irie FM's running African Show on March 31. Nature, who recently performed at the annual St Ann Kite Festival, will be in studio working on several new singles for Downsound Records.

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