Rondell Positive keeping his promise to God
Before he was known as the reggae worshipper, Rondell Allen became a sound system selector for a singular purpose to find a wife.
"Most persons involved in sound systems are womanisers. I was a different kind of womaniser. I was always looking for a wife," Rondell said.
As a dancehall selector, he went by the name Rondell Slaughter. But that changed when he nearly lost the love of his life. During the interview with THE WEEKEND STAR this week, Rondell poke guardedly of the incident that he said nearly cost him the woman for whom he had been working so hard.
"I was still playing around. I was engaged and found myself almost losing her," he told THE WEEKEND STAR.
Rondell said he sought advice from his mother. He wanted to know how to handle the situation in which he had found himself. His mother told him to talk to God. That conversation marked the beginning of the end for the name Rondell Slaughter.
"I said: 'God, if Yuh fix this, them mi know Yuh ah God, so I'll commit myself to you,'" he recounted.
"Within forty-five minutes to an hour, the situation was fixed!"
The immediate resolution made Rondell keep his promise.
"I had to keep my end of the bargain," he told THE WEEKEND STAR.
In 2005, staying true to his commitment to both God and his wife, Rondell replaced the name Slaughter with the name Positive. He has also embarked on a mission of getting people to understand their purpose.
"I met my mentor, Dr Miles Munroe, a day after he died," recalled Rondell.
He went on to explain that this meeting happening when he read a quote from Munroe, which said, "The greatest tragedy in life is not death. It is living without a purpose."
"The Bible says all things work together for good, for them that love the Lordaccording to his purpose. I was created for this purpose, I just never knew it."
Rondell has channeled his revelation into helping others around him to recognise that they, too, have a purpose. Since 2008, he has been instrumental in the annual staging of the Hard Praise Worship Fest.
The fest is currently his main focus and will once again take place in the artist's parish of residence, St Thomas on Labour Day May 23.
"We bring people's purpose alive," says Rondell.
Proceeds of this year's fest will benefit six primary schools in St Thomas and two schools in Portland, the parish of Rondell's birth.