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NYABINGI/BINGHI RASTAFARI MUSIC (WHAT IS IT?)

In Jamaica, it is Count Ossie who is credited for creating what is now called Nyabingi Drumming.

It is the traditional music of the Rastafarian practice and it is used during “reasoning” sessions and consists of chanting and drumming to reach states of heightened spirituality.

Nyabingi rhythms were largely a creation of Count Ossie, who incorporated influences from traditional Jamaican Kumina drumming (especially the form of the drums themselves) with songs and rhythms learned from the recordings of Nigerian musician Babatunde Olatunji.

The Nyabingi resistance (in South Western Uganda led by Queen Muhumusa) inspired a number of Jamaican Rastafarians, who incorporated what are known as Nyabingi chants (also Binghi) into their celebrations (“groundations”).

The rhythms of these chants were eventually an influence of popular Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae music.

Nyabingi drumming is not exclusive to the Nyabingi Order, and is common to all Rastafarians. Its rhythms are the basis of Reggae music, through the influential Ska band, the Skatalites.

It is said that their drummer revolutionized Jamaican music by combining the various Nyabingi parts into a ‘complete’ “drum kit,” which combined with Jazz to create an entirely new form of music, known as Ska.

Though Nyabingi Music operates as a form of Rasta religious music outside of Reggae, musicians such as Bob Marley and even non-Rastas such Prince Buster (Muslim) and Jimmy Cliff used the idiom in some songs (Wikipedia}.

Indeed, The Wailers and very many other Reggae Artists frequently attended Binghi Groundations in the hills and at the shores in Bull Bay.

Recently, dancehall artist Sizzla, American Roots-Reggae artists such as Groundation and Jah Levi, and Hip hop have used Niyabinghi drums extensively in their recordings.

Though sometimes claimed to be a direct continuation of an African cultural form, Nyabingi drumming is best seen as the voice of a people rediscovering their African roots.

West Indies Nyabingi music consists of a blend of 19th-century gospel music and African drumming.

Here at Nnalubaale, we are in fact, at the original home of Nyabingi; The Cradle Of Creation.

As seen and heard here in the video with Nilotika Cultural Ensemble, we The Nnalubaale Roots Warriors shall teach our Nyabingi Rastafari brothers and sisters in Jamaica a new song, and new rhythms;

The exact Rhythms and Music that Nyabingi danced to and still dances to.

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Written by TShaka Mayanja (0)

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