If you don’t see the parallels between dreadlocks and traditional Jewish side curls, it might be because you haven’t spent enough time with one of Bob Marley’s sons.
“There’s a link between rastas and peyot,” says DeScribe, a Hasidic musician who has been collaborating with Rohan Marley, the sixth of Bob’s 11 children. “They grow their rastas for the same reason we grow our peyot: because it’s written in the Torah that you need to allow peyot.”
An Australian-born musician also known as Schneur Hasofer, DeScribe is currently promoting his latest project with Marley, a song touting Marley Coffee, Rohan’s socially and environmentally minded coffee company. With Rohan’s permission, DeScribe created a new song, “Livin’ With the Grind,” using influences from Bob Marley’s “One Cup of Coffee.” It was released on December 22.
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