Reggae artist Keznamdi has released the compelling visuals for his track Justice, from his 2020 Bloodline album.
The 5-minute ‘film’, directed by Ivor Mccray, juxtaposes the injustices faced in the 1960’s (the infamous Coral Gardens massacre) by Rastafarians who were regularly imprisoned, beaten, trimmed, exiled and sectioned in Jamaica, to present day.
According to a release, the film “shows that this social injustice has been re-awakened.” The Justice visuals also come after Keznamdi called out fellow Rastafarian artists for remaining silent on the alleged trimming of the locks of 19-year-old Nzinga King, by a policewoman whilst in the custody of the Four Paths police in Clarendon.
Justice features the sounds of Errol Edwards and aims to not only re-educate Jamaicans of the re-awakening of the social injustices faced by Rastafari but is accompanied by a call to action.
This call to action is in the form of the ‘Rasta Rights Matter: Support The 10 Demandments’ petition which Keznamdi via Skyline Levels, is encouraging all to sign. The petition is a unified global protest demanding the Government of Jamaica to take immediate concrete action to address the ongoing harassment and gross violations of human rights plaguing the Rastafari movement. They are seeking a minimum of 15,000 signatures to get action through the Prime Minister of Jamaica on the 10 specific Demandments outlined in this petition to ensure the freedom and rights of Rastafari which are now under serious attack.
The Rasta Rights Petition is available on Change.org.
Keznamdi is currently on a national tour in the US alongside Reggae quartet Rebelution and Kabaka Pyramid. Most recently, he performed at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre to over 15,00 people – a massive feat.
He will be performing in a total of 40 cities in 50 days, spreading the Reggae music and Jamaican culture – a missing element in the international entertainment space since the pandemic.
While doing so, he has also been putting out ‘Tour Bus Sessions’ via YouTube ; an acoustic-style musical musing, filmed on the tour bus. His most recent episode features the song ‘Natty Dreadlocks’, produced by Popstyle Music.
Press play on Justice above.