For decades, the Rasta have been stereotyped as people with dreadlocks who just smoke all day. But in fact the Rastafarian, or Rastafari, movement is a religious one whose followers all have different looks and strive to live a natural and peaceful life. The movement started in Jamaica but now has followers all over the world.
Just like other religions, the Rastafarian also has food restrictions or guidelines. Of course they’re not as strict as other religions since most Rastafarians practice it outside of any congregation and it’s based upon your own conscience. But the basis of their dietary habits is trying to only eat raw and natural food, or ital. By eating only natural ital foods, the Rasta maintain a “clean” diet. The Rasta want to only exist on what Jah, or God, provides.
The People’s Key has its moments of brilliance, but it’s not an album that will blow your mind when hearing it for the first time. Many of the songs contain beautifully orchestrated harmonies and dazzling instrumentation, but they are too subtle to make a powerful first impression. Rather, this is an album that gets better the more you listen to it. While the lyrics may seem indecipherable at first, in time, the metaphors become less abstract and their emotional power shines through. And while the music doesn’t grab you by the throat like some of the band’s earlier work, there is a spiritual depth in these songs that demonstrate the magnitude of their artistic growth.