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Happy birthday, father of Rasta

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Special to the Daily Rocker-T plays dancehall reggae Friday at State Bridge River Resort in Bond.

BOND – America’s homegrown reggae dancehall star Rocker-T returns to Colorado for three special shows in celebration of Haile King Selassie I’s birthday. Label-mate Jus Goodie, known for his smooth silky voice, is also on board. The prime basic belief of the Rastafarians is that Haile Selassie is the living god for the black race, though historians aren’t exactly sure why considering Selassie was a devout Christian. Selassie, whose previous name was Ras Tafari, was the black Emperor of Ethiopia. Every year Rastas gather to honor Selassie on his birthday, July 23, 1892. For half a decade, Zionway Recordings has sponsored special performances to celebrate the high occasion with reggae music. Rocker-T’s tour kicks off under the stars at Statebridge Lodge in Bond. Then he heads to Mishawaka Amphitheatre for Zionway Recordings’ Pouder River Reggae Festival, featuring Rocker-T, Jus Goodie and a host of others. The tour concludes on Selassie I’s actual birthday, with an intimate night at Boulder’s Trilogy Wine Bar.Rocker-T was an integral part of the formation of the downtown New York City Ska scene and is one of the founding members of New York City’s “dancehall/ragga hip hop” scene. He has worked with artists such as KRS-One, Glen Adams, Rita Marley, Yellowman, Burning Spear, Super Cat, Aswad, Shinehead, Maxi Priest, Half Pint, Sugar Minott and Jamalski.

Besides having a unique form of chanting and singing called “sing-jay,” Rocker-T plays the guitar, melodica, niyahbinghi drum, bass guitar and some keyboards. He writes his own lyrics and music, programs drum machines and samplers, and is an up-and-coming producer. He was born, raised and currently resides in Brooklyn. Jus Goodie is an artist and producer who combines elements of vintage reggae, Motown soul music and classic R&B. His material is rooted in the spiritual message of liberation, a crucial component of the reggae scene worldwide. Goodie grew up in a Jewish household surrounded by Hebrew music. This, along with a life-changing trip to Jamaica at the age of 14, helped to evolve Jus Goodie’s original reggae style.

Tickets to the State Bridge show are $8 advance, $10 day of show. For more information, visit http://www.statebridge.com.Visit http://www.statebridge.com to find out about lodging specials.Vail, Colorado

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