If the name Kasrils rings a bell it’s because Andy is the son of anti-apartheid struggle veterans Ronnie and Eleanor Kasrils. His family, ANC exiles, left South Africa for the United Kingdom in the 1960’s and didn’t return until 1994 when his father accepted the position of Deputy Minister of Defence in Nelson Mandela’s government.
The history of Rastafari in Jamaica is marred by not so sweet stories. Nevertheless, sweeping it under the rug does the country no good and clearly says “Jamaica is still ashamed of Rastafari”. While the Jamaican establishment laments Rasta’s lack of political mobilisation and the fact that they often operate on the fringes of the economy, there is no denying the deep cultural impact they have had on the island.
Ever wondered why every reggaeton song has the same beat? Or how in the name of Daddy Shabba Rankin Latino people get off on deejaying like us? It seems we are not so different after all. This article from Reggae Revelation explains a lot about how reaggaeton was created in Panama from Jamaican beats.