The Abyssinians Featuring Bernard Collins

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Bossanova Ballroom says
Bossanova Presents:
with Special Guests

* 21+ with valid photo ID. *
Doors open at 830pm. Show starts at 9pm.

The Abyssinians:
The roots harmony vocals trio the Abyssinians was formed in 1968 by founding members Donald Manning, Bernard Collins and Linford Manning.
It was in 1969 with their release “Satta Massagana” recorded on Coxson Dodd’s Studio One label—a Rastafarian hymn based on the Ethiopian Amharic language, that launched them into the ranks of Reggae music greats.
“Satta Massagana” became one of reggae’s most popular songs; becoming an anthem that was heard on the radios, in the dancehalls and in the churches of Jamaica.
What followed were a string of hits of which included
“Declaration of Rights,”
“Yi Mas Gan.” and
“Let My Days Be Long”.
Early albums were a collection of singles recorded throughout the 1970’s on their own label—Clinch, of which included “Forward On To Zion” (1976) and “ARISE” (1978).

In 2004, Donald Manning & Bernard Collins reunited on stage for the first time in over ten years along with singer David Morrison, performing on tour across Europe in the winter, at Colorado’s Reggae on the Rocks in the summer, and in December on a two week tour along the California coast .
“Satta Massagana,” has been referred to as “reggae’s national anthem.”

Collins says that “Satta” is at the root of modern dancehall and dub. “[‘Satta’] was like the first dancehall song. And the first dub, ‘Satta Massagana.’ . . . if you listen to the flip side of ‘Mabrak,’ same ‘Satta’ version . . . is drum and bass. ”

Collins understands the struggle the Abyssinians still must endure to ensure the name is known and remembered. “In Jamaica here now, the Abyssinians do have a name, yes, in a certain area. If you call upon ‘Satta Massagana,’ ‘Declaration of Rights,’ everybody knows those songs, but if you say ‘Abyssinians’ to most of the young youths, they don’t know. Sometime them don’t even know what the word ‘Abyssinian’ mean. They never hear that word before. But if you say ‘Satta Massagana’ or ‘Declaration of Rights,’ they know the song.”
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