One of the most timeless religious reggae groups is The Abyssinians. Of all of their songs, “Satta Massagana” is the probably most well known. Not only did it spawn a popular and classic “riddim”, the Satta, but it marked a changing point in reggae music.

The group’s use of Amharic phrases and mystic symbology totally underscore the point I was trying (and possibly failing) to make in my previous post.

You don’t have to be any religion in particular to find this beautiful, is what I’m saying.

That clip is taken from a fantastic documentary,Roots Rock Reggae: Inside the Jamaican Music Scene. If you’re into this stuff as much as I am, it’s a must see!

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jahyout says:
February 8, 2007, 11:05 am
Bella, I've been a lurker for a while but this post brought me out. This song is one of the best in the history of reggae music. Jah bless, my sistren.
empress says:
February 8, 2007, 2:07 pm
Yes! Peace and blessings in the name of the Most High, His Imperial Majesty, Jah Rastafari!!

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