Ras Ash 1st pleads for spirit of forgiveness
Reggae artiste Ras Ash 1st, who is not afraid to tackle controversial issues with new perspectives, promotes forgiveness with his new single Slave Trade.
"No matter what happens on Earth, the only thing can work is forgiveness without the memory of the scar. Mi ah preach forgiveness with love, understanding and unconditional forgiveness. Only Jah can set us free," Ras Ash 1st said.
Unlike his fellow artistes, he said that he is more focused on the virtues of forgiveness as a life lesson rather than the meagre benefits of reparations for the savagery of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
"In my age, we have more pressing concerns than reparation. Reparation is about paying back but we are being cruel to each other, so it comes right back to forgiveness. If ah one can forgive, if ah one can understand, then that one can forgive and move on. Reparation is about getting paid, but getting paid for what? Money don't make your soul rest. It only builds ignorance to do good or bad," he said. The entertainer insisted that the slave trade caused deep-seated effects that people are still battling with today.
"The youths are still in ignorance and show a resistance to their true self. Nevertheless, we still stand a chance with loving kindness and the mercies of Jah Jah which teach forgiveness with love, understanding and unconditional forgiveness," Ras Ash said.
Meanwhile, he has high hopes that his latest production, '1 August Town' rhythm, will ignite a yearning in the hearts and minds of residents of the community of the same name.
"The violence is getting out of hand. War is a terrible thing. It disrupts lives, traumatises children and creates unnecessary financial hardship for families who can't function. There must be a better way," he said.