Books

Levi Roots – Reggae Reggae Cookbook

Reggae Reggae CookbookFor those who aren’t aware, Levi Roots is a Jamaican-born Don of the English Reggae scene who has risen to prominence in recent years after ‘slaying the dragons’ on British reality show The Dragon’s Den, and gaining the funds and mentoring he needed to turn his Jamaican hot sauce business into a worldwide phenomenon.

Don’t be fooled by the title though, this is so much more than a cookbook: it’s the story of a righteous young Rastaman who rose from humble beginnings to become an international success story, and the trials and tribulations he faced in his life long search for success. His story is truly inspiring, offering the reader a first hand glimpse into the rich history of British reggae and sound system culture. Weirdly for a cookbook I actually found this book held its own against the lengthier tomes of David Katz and Beth Lesser. Instead of giving you a general, impersonal overview it rewards the reader with the insights of an insider, making it an endearing read.

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Rasta and Resistance – From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney

Rasta and ResistanceHorace Campbell (1st Ed, 1985)  

This book is a study of the Rastafarian movement from it’s evolution in Jamaica to it’s progression around the world, particularly in Trinidad, Grenada, Guyana, the UK and parts of Africa.  It begins around the 18th century and continues until the mid 80’s, when the book was first published.  It traces the political, cultural, religious and social conditions and forces that have shaped and defined the Rastafarian movement throughout these times, and analyses how the movement has grown and developed. (more…)

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