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Rastfari Ancient Living Arts & Kultural Event (R.A.L.A.K.)

International Music and Global Education

Saturday & Sunday, September 11th & 12th, 2010

Presented by Black Mountain A.R.C. Inc.

377 Lake Eden Rd. Black Mountain, NC 28711

One-day pass starts at $50, Two Day Pass starts at $70

VIP ticketing & camping are available (see website for details and pricing)

Saturday , September 11th

noon- midnite

Artists: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bunny Wailer, Stephen Marley, Ras Michael, Messengahselah, Isha Blender, Chrisinti, Jahmanna, Crucial Fiya, Nyabingi [Drumming] and more tba

Sunday September 12th:

Interfaith reasonings: Hosted by Smithsonian Institute, Direct of anthrop studies

noon- 4pm, R.S.V.P. a must- Limited capacity

Activities: D.J. Sounds, Kultural Interfaith Ceremony & Reasoning, Nyabingi [Drumming], Kids Land, Crafts and much, much more!

The RASTAFARIAN ANCIENT LIVING ARTS & KULTURE EVENT (RALAK) is much more than just a Reggae Festival. RALAK brings you the Roots & Kulture of Rastafari in an open forum with local politicians, representatives from local churches and other Faiths, scholars, educators and Elders, with a special reverence given to the Native American traditions.

The event is organized by BMARC, the Black Mountain Asheville Rastafari Collective based in Black Mountain NC along with F.L.O.W. (Functions Logistics Operations Works) and Mountain Roots Management.

RALAK Fest was initiated by the group because Carlos A. Seales, a disabled American veteran and one of the ELDERS and Administrators within the Global Rastafari community, and Ras Miles Jacob Marley, a USA veteran and Elder of The Rastafarian UniverSoul Order Prison Ministry Fellowship – both residing in Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA – felt faced with the task/responsibility to address a pressing issue – and that is the Misrepresentation of the Rastafari Way of Life as an alternative life style, fashion, gang or any other societal label placed on it due to ignorance.

This annual event commemorates the Ethiopian New Year on September 11th and offers Conscious Reggae and other roots music, Natural Food and Craft Vendors, Kids Activities, Non-Profit Organizations and much more. It is an experience that will change your life. It is a bridge between the ancient past, the present and the future. RALAK is unmatched in scope as it is Reggae presented by Rastafari working to fulfill the Rastafari Creed, a mission we can all identify with: to let the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the sick nourish, the aged protected, the infants cared for and the homeless housed.

“RALAK is intended to illustrate the Rastafari Way of Life, in its Ancient African Indigenous Tradition and as such, present the Living Ancient Culture, which We, The Rastafari People practice, safe guard (preserve) and defend with every fiber of Our spiritual and material being daily, through righteous action and behavior.” RALAK is also a fundraiser for charities in Ethiopia and in our local area. Also through the Millennium Council in Jamaica, RALAK contributes to the Elders of Rastafari. Their need is great. Even through Reggae music has spread their Gospel, they are left out of the economic equation and need support from the world community, who have come to love their culture through Reggae music.

“In the midst of the strife and turmoil which marks Africa today, the African peoples still extend the hands of friendship. But it is extended to those who desire the progress and the political and economic freedom of the African people…” – HIM Emperor Haile Sellassie I The First on International Relations

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Rastafarian Ancient Living Arts and Kulture Event

R.A.L.A.K. 2010

Innernational Music and Global Education

September 11-12, 2010

Stephen & Damian Marley have been officially added to this years line-up!!!

R.A.L.A.K. 2010 will feature local and international music, arts and crafts rooted in the ancient Rastafari traditions. As well, as representa­tives of various Interfaith Communities based in inity, peace, and global change for Africa, the earth, and its inhabitants.

Lake Eden Events Grounds Black Mountain N.C.

377 Lake Eden Rd
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Contact BMARC Inc.


Fax: 828 254 4002

Check us out today at www.ralak.com

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By Alli Marshal

Asheville’s Mountain Xpress September 9th, 2009


Photo by Sista Irie

Photo by Sista Irie

The Rastafarian Ancient Living Arts & Kulture (RALAK) Festival provides an opportunity for those interested in Rasta culture to learn a little more. Those already involved can celebrate the ideology and deepen their commitment to “co-creating unity and love for all colors and creeds.”

Created by the Black Mountain Asheville Rastafari Collective (a group whose mission it is to dispel myths about the Rastafari way of life), the festival promises to be a day speakers, food, arts and crafts, children’s activities and music.

Bands include Jamaican reggae and dub act Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus, Virgin Islands recording artist Harry Mo, Reggae Infinity from Columbia, S.C., and Asheville-based performers U-N-I Verse and Lyndsay Wojcik.

But this festival is more then a booty-shakin’ good time. There’s a very serious educational component: Speakers include Jake Homiak who curated the Rastafari Exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum. Also, elders from a cornucopia of faiths (Native American, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Catholic and others) will address the crowd.

Sunday, Sept. 13 (10 a.m.-9 p.m., $30 advance/$35 at the gate; children under age 13 are free.)

[RALAK is full day festival at the Lake Eden Events site (adjacent to the LEaf Festival site at Camp Rockmont).
Starts at 10am and runs til 9pm
Full day of speakers, music, and workshops for only 30 bucks.
Complete info and description of bands at… Read More


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“Strength can be achieved through UNITY, and success is the fruit of COOPERATION” –
Emperor Haile Sellassie I The First

Lake Eden Event Site
377 Lake Eden Rd
Black Mountain, NC
Sunday, September 13th, 2009

$30 in Advance
(828) 669-4918

Presented by: Black Mountain Asheville Rastafarian Collective and Mountain Roots Management.

The 1st Annual Rastafarian Ancient Living Arts and Kulture Festival (RALAK Fest), presented by the Black Mountain Asheville Rastafarian Collective (Black Mountain ARC), is to be held on September 13th, 2009 at the Lake Eden Events Site in Black Mountain, NC. RALAK is also a celebration of The Ethiopian (2002) New Year, which is actually two days before on Sept 11th. Tickets cost $30 and are available online at http://www.black-mountain-arc.webs.com.You may also purchase tickets at these outlets: Voltage Records on Lexington Ave, Harvest Records on Haywood Rd, Dynamite Coffee Roasters in Black Mountain, and at the Eagle Street Market on Eagle St. in downtown Asheville.

RALAK is an all day educational, interfaith, music and cultural event that will feature speakers from a vast majority of religious sects, local civic leaders, representatives within our community and national educators. This is a family friendly event with a kid’s village, live music, and local artisans. Ras Marley, Empress Iffiya, Congo Irice are the MC’s for RALAK and they will be welcoming the day’s events at 10am. The day will begin with spiritual blessings from various cultures as well as the United States and Ethiopian National Anthems. There will also be a moment of silence to honor oppressed peoples well as victims and casualties of all wars. Other activities include educational videos, Native American and African songs and drumming, Irish bag pipes and dance, as well as Nyahbinghi- the rallying call of Theocracy for humanity in the Divine force of truth and rights.

Speakers, including international educators, will be represented from many walks of life and faith, such as Carlo Hawk Walker (Native American Sun Dancer) and Dr. John P. Homiak (Curator of the Rastafari exhibit “Discovering Rastafari” & Director of Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian International Museum of Natural History), Queen Mother Moses, George Rose (Dejazmatch of Baltimore Maryland, legal advisor to the Rastafari cause), and Debra Kiliru-Liontree (co-director of Motherland International Relations).

Live music for the day will be Ras Michael and the Original Sons of Negus (Jamaica), Harry Mo (St. Croix), Reggae Infinity (SC) and other WNC artists such as Lyndsay Wojcik, Crystal Kind, U-N-I verse as well as many local DJs.

RALAK is also a fundraiser for the following projects in Ethiopia.

* Ejersa Goro Ethiopian Orthodox Church Roof Rehabilitation (This is in Harar where the Founder of the Organization of African Unity, HIM Haile Selassie The First was born). Donations are also for agricultural purposes there.
* A water catchment for a school serving indigenous Ethiopians in Shashemene
* Clothing and Educational Aid for an orphanage in Addis Ababa
RALAK’s mission is to live the creed of Rastafari, “Let the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the sick nourish, the aged protected and the infants cared for.” The vision the goes along with this is to establish outreach and educational programs, for the creed to be fulfilled.

Following this vision, the Black Mountain ARC initiated the 1st Annual Rastafarian Ancient Living Arts & Kulture Festival, to address the misrepresentation of the Rastafari Faith and to expand and establish relations amongst other faiths. The pressing issue that is being addressed by establishing the Black Mountain ARC is that the Rastafari way of life is being misrepresented as an alternative lifestyle, fashion, gang or any other societal labels placed on it due to ignorance. The Black Mountain ARC will illustrate the Rastafari Way of Life at RALAK through righteous action and behavior that is accessible to people of all faiths and walk of life.

RALAK serves as a Cultural Encounter of Faiths and People and serves to “enable the Rastafari Community here to enhance communication and establish good relationships with the greater African Diasporic Community and friends of Africa in the Western North Carolina region.” – Ras Aziz

“Do not fall into the narrowness which looks only to the borders of your nation… We must move ahead in concert with all mankind.”

“It is communications that relates and binds people together by ties of friendship”

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