SELASSIE WANT US BACK * LITTLE ROY * CAMEL 57 * UK
Earl Lowe, aka Little Roy, he was named Little Roy by Prince Buster with whom he first recorded under that name, first recorded for Coxsone Dodd when just thirteen years old in 1965, but it was his cutting edge Rastafarian recordings for producer Lloyd Daley that he gained a reputation as a well-regarded Roots artist .
Recorded for Lloyd Daley Selassie Want Us Back is, what was to become a recurring Rastafarian theme, an appeal to black folk, in Jamaica and elsewhere, to leave their host country and relocate to Africa, preferably Ethiopia, the birthplace and home of Haile Selassie I.
How much this appeal was acted upon even by fellow Rastafarians is not clear, what is certain is that embracing the concept that Africa is the desirable and ideal place to be creates or reinforces in the minds of many that their loyalties lies not with their place of birth or adopted country, if not Africa, but elsewhere.
Sadly, with no real intention of relocating to Africa this unresolved and therefore unhappy situation could bring about a state of uncertainty, unfulfillment or a feeling of just not belonging, in the mind of those who give credence to the precept, which in itself can foster antagonism and a mood of resentment to the place of birth or adopted country.
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