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mutabaruka
mutabaruka
reggae
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mutabaruka - rasta and women


"You said religions suppress women. What about your Rasta religion?
"Well, I don't see Rasta as a religion. Rastas don't have a church where they go and gather and say the same thing. Rastas allow you to keep your individuality. Rasta is a way of life. It can be a religious idea, a religious concept. Religion is when you have a group of people gathering in one place to express the same dogma."

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"But why don't we find reggae songs against suppression of women?"
"You are not listening to Mutabaruka, son!"
"I will check it."
"Check it! That's the first album, too. The first album is named `Check it.' (laughing)`Hard times love'. There's a poem named `Hard Times Love'."

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"But we do also find sexism in Africa!"
"Of course there's sexism in Africa. Sexism reached Africa by way of the Arabs, by way of the Muslims who invaded Africa before the Europeans came there with their patriarchal religion. Because in Africa there was no talk of a God that was a `he'. God was `her'. Mother Earth. Mother Nature. Most Africans see God in the feminine. It was not until the Arabs came into Africa that the patriarchal system started to develop and it has flourished even to West Africa."

Listen to Mutabaruka! (35 sec., 390 K)

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CLICK NEXT INTERVIEW TOPIC!

DISCRIMINATION:
"It's all the same!"
RELIGION AND WOMEN:
"Religions suppress women!"
VIOLENCE:
"The means do have to justify the ends!"
INDIANS:
"One day that dog will turn and bite you!"
MUSIC:
"I can't sing, but I can speak!"
LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER:
"We want to learn from ourselves now!"
RASTA AND WOMEN:
"Rasta is no religion!"
EUROPEAN'S DOMINATION:
"White supremacy affects all of us!"

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