Jah Itagaki's REGGAE LIFE
   This Day in Reggae
and Nubian, Rasta, herb and related history

 April 20
1972: Stephen "Steve" Marley [Melody Makers] is born as the second son of Bob.
1981: Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) is invested with the Order of Merit (O.M.)
1999: "Sandinista!" album [Epic] by The Clash is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). "Story Of The Clash" album [Epic] is also certified Gold and Platinum on this day.

 April 21
Grounation Day
1958: Mike Barson [Madness] is born.
----: Ise Hirokau [Ska Flames; vocals] is born.
1964: Singer Coozie Mellers is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1966: H.I.M. Haile Selassie I visits Jamaica.
Selassie's Ethiopian airliner, emblazoned with a roaring Lion of Judah insignia and trimmed in stripes of red, green, and gold, touched down at Palisadoes airport at 1:30 p.m. More than 100,000 people (most of them Rastas) were there to greet him.

Since Selassie's visit, the Grounation ceremonies had been conducted every April 21. Beginning in 1968, Bob Marley sat in on that.

1967: Junior Cat is born.
2009: Buju Banton releases album Rasta Got Soul.

 April 22
1969: Franky Sly is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1973: Bushman (Dwight Duncan) is born.
1978: One Love Peace Concert is held in Kingston, Jamaica
Bob Marley unites Prime Minister Michael Manley and opponent Edward Seaga on stage. It's Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt on December 3, 1976. Proceeds go to unemployed street kids.

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