Vibrant crowd welcomes Rastafarian star at airport

Big welcome: Jamaican-born international reggae star and Rastafarian elder Iqulah, wearing the blue hat, arrives at the Port Elizabeth Airport yesterday.
Big welcome: Jamaican-born international reggae star and Rastafarian elder Iqulah, wearing the blue hat, arrives at the Port Elizabeth Airport yesterday.

DRUMS, dreadlocks, songs of praise and a small but highly enthusiastic crowd greeted Jamaican-born international reggae star and Rastafarian elder Iqulah when he arrived at the Port Elizabeth International Airport late yesterday.

Iqulah – who will be headlining at the One Blood Music Festival to be staged at the Grand Hotel in Central, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday – appeared overwhelmed by the vibrant crowd.

He remained mostly silent during his arrival, but offered a number of hand gestures and blessings to the crowd.

Iqulah, who is based in the US, was travelling without his band, Gideon Force.

While he is considered to be both a reggae star and a Rastafarian elder and spiritual leader in South Africa, he is considered the “high priest” of Rastafarians in other countries. He has performed extensively in Europe and Africa, with his flagship performance in Ethiopia, which is the spiritual home of Rastafarians.

Iqulah will also be visiting the Bethelsdorp and Timothy Valley Rastafarian communities on Sunday.

-Shaun Gillham 

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