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The Selassie Ites






The Selassie Ites band is a cutting edge roots, rock, reggae band, focused on original, positive, spiritual, yet hard hitting and often socio-political lyrics. The Selassie Ites hail from the Big Island of Hawaii, the volcanic inspiration for their song "FIYAH ROCK". The Selassie Ites are a band with humble, family oriented roots grounded in the Rastafari faith.

The Selassie Ites formed together in 2010 practicing in a cabin in the rainforest of the Puna district. They played their first show at what would become one of the island's favorite venues, Uncle Robert's Awa Club in Kaimu - Kalapana.

In 2014 with the help of then bassie/drummer Jahred Namaste, The Selassie Ites finally began the recording of their first professionally produced album. By winter of 2015, the album was completed and named "FIYAH ROCK" after the same titled song and inspired by their island home. The album was later nominated for and won Best Reggae album and Album Of The Year at the Big Island Music Awards 2016.

Although the band has gone through a few drum and bass changes through the years, their four core original members have remained solid and consists of Johnny "IFAJAH" Edwards on guitar, Shana "Binghi I" Rootzma on percussion and backing vocals; and the band founders and composers Cathy "Sista C" Black and Tyson "Abba T" Black on lead vocals and keyboards. As of 2016 The Selassie Ites have welcomed trap drummer Orlando “Braddah O” Smith and bassie Josh "Sun House" Garey to the band family. Orlando is a long time Big Island resident originally from Oakland, CA and has played for years on the Big Island with various bands. Sun House is from Berkeley CA. and has played for many years in the Bay Area circuit.

The Selassie Ites band is associated with and sponsored by the Rastafari Church Of Christ's musical ministry, who's aim is to use the power of music to uplift and inform the masses via the teachings of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen.

The Selassie Ites band is on a mission to make you dance and groove to original lyrics and rhythms with a message of Love and Unity.

As of 2017 The Selassie Ites are gearing up to take their music on the road and are making preparations for their second album release coming soon. You can currently find The Selassie Ites releases on I-tunes, CD Baby, Amazon music and other major online digital distribution sources.

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