Nyahbinghi elder Priest Fagan has called out veteran Rastafarian reggae artistes such as Buju Banton and Capleton for not uniting for the betterment of Jamaica.
During an interview, Priest Fagan highlighted the contradiction between highly promoted Rastafarian/reggae principles and what supporters of the religion/belief actually do. Priest Fagan states that though Rastafarian artistes promoted an all-for-one, one-for-all ideology, they failed to “maximise, utilise, organise, and centralise” after gaining success.
The priest also mentioned Ninja Man’s 2023 call for Jamaica’s leaders to establish rehabilitation programmes for inmates, providing them with training and more. Speaking on I Never Knew Tv, questioned why similar programmes and spaces to train and draw the youth away from crime had not been created by influential Rastafarians.
According to Fagan, influential Jamaican Rastafarians could have easily raised adequate funds to establish these spaces by utilising their large following. But despite their success, Fagan expressed that artistes such as Capleton, Buju Banton, and Tony Rebel had created separatist groups within Rastafarianism and reggae.
Fagan clarified that it was not his intent to suggest that the artistes did not work or deserved their success. But he said it was essential for them to share the rewards of their work in a profitable way to alleviate criminality among the youth.
Priest Fagan went on to note that the Jamaican tourism industry has greatly benefited from the international perception of reggae and Rastafarianism. However, those profits have not trickled down to the community level.
Watch the interview below.