Rastafari Ancient Living Arts & Kultural (R.A.L.A.K) comes to Lake Eden

Rastafari Ancient Living Arts & Kulture (R.A.L.A.K) is a two-day gathering, held on the Ethiopian New Year, that celebrates ancient Rastafari traditions while establishing a forum for interfaith dialogue.

Held on the beautiful grounds of Lake Eden in Black Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12, the gathering features an amazing lineup of performing artists including reggae-music legend Bunny Wailer, who started The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Bob Marley’s son Stephen and Damian Marley will also take the stage. Click here for more information. Get your tickets now!

From the press release:

“Bunny Wailer, Ras Michael and Marley sons to perform for first time ever at R.A.L.A.K. 2010

BLACK MOUNTAIN — The Rastafari spirit will be alive and well September 11th and 12th at the Lake Eden Event Grounds in Black Mountain, N.C.  R.A.L.A.K. (Rastafari Ancient Living Arts & Kulture) 2010 is a two-day gathering that focuses on ancient Rastafari traditions within music, arts and crafts; all celebrated on the Ethiopian New Year.

Bringing together the never forgotten energy that Bob Marley created years ago, this year’s event is headlined by Reggae innovator and legend, Bunny Wailer (co-founder of The Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh).  Wailer will be joined by two of Marley’s sons, Stephen and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley as well as another Marley collaborator and International diplomat, Ras Michael. This marks the first time EVER that the collaborative has performed together. Other artists include MessenJah Selah, Isha Blender, Chrisinti, Jahmana, Crucial Fiya and more.

The second day of R.A.L.A.K. 2010 is centered on Interfaith Reasoning. This gathering will be held to assemble persons of different faiths for the sole purpose of “Living the Golden Rule.” Elders of various faiths will summon the spirits of good will and harmony through their traditional instruments and sacred song. This session will welcome open dialogue and participation of all involved. Speakers will also give presentations on Native American, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddist and Ras Tafari faith.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ralak.com or charge by phone: 1-800-594-TIXX. One-day pass starts at $50, two-day pass starts at $70. VIP & camping available (see website for pricing). The event is open to all ages.

The Black Mountain A.R.C. (Asheville Rastafari Collective) is rooted in international music and global education. Since forming the R.A.L.A.K. festival in 2009, the collective has held events to educate and construct a clear image and respect of life that the Rastafari faith contains. This event will enable the Rastafari community to enhance communication and establish good relationships with the greater Diasporic Community and the friends of Africa in the Western North Carolina region.

For more information on the event or the Black Mountain A.R.C., go to www.ralak.com.”




About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

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2 thoughts on “Rastafari Ancient Living Arts & Kultural (R.A.L.A.K) comes to Lake Eden

  1. ashevillain7

    I might be blind but I don’t see a schedule of events on the link you provided.

  2. Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

    ashevillain7, when you click on “buy tickets now” the following (far from complete) schedule appears:

    Saturday, September 11, 2010 11AM
    Gates: 10:00 AM
    Lake Eden, Black Mountain N.C.


    Bunny Wailer
    Ras Michael
    Stephen Marley
    plus many more

    Sunday (Gates: 11AM)
    D.J. Sounds
    Kultural Interfaith Ceremony & Reasoning
    Nyabinghi (drumming)
    Kids Land
    Crafts & much, much more

    Keep an eye out for a preview story by Xpress reporter Jake Frankel slated to run in the Sept. 8th issue of the paper.

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