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Because it is Hanukkah, and because it will be Thanksgiving as long as I have leftovers, let us give thanks for Desmond Dekker and his song “The Israelites” from 1969. (Rastafarians believe they’re the real descendants of the Lost Tribes, is why they sing about being Israelites, and looking for Zion.)
Desmond Dekker was trained as a welder, became a Rasta, and then he started writing songs about being a “rude boy” - poor, unemployed, and living in Kingston’s slums.
If any of you, like me, listened to a lot of The Specials and The English Beat and the Special Beat and General Public and Bananarama and Fun Boy 3 in the eighties, Desmond Dekker is their god.