Reggae singer Orthodix Issachar can best be described as multi-national. Born in Jamaica, he has lived in Canada for close to 40 years and he is also an official resident of Ethiopia, Africa. Although he has great love in his heart for the land of his birth and also his adopted home, Canada, it is Ethiopia which has inspired his latest single, Kuch Bel.
‘Kuch Bel’ which is Amharic for ‘sit down’ is recorded in a mix of Jamaican English and Amharic. A very catchy song, which even has kids reciting their ABC’s in Amharic, the Sangie Davis-produced single is poised to do very well for the Twelve Tribes of Israel member, who has been visiting Ethiopia for the past 30 years. In fact, Issachar recently returned from Shashemane – home to many Jamaicans since the late 1960s – where he performed at the Bob Marley tribute.
“As a Rastaman, Ethiopia is very dear to my heart and it was with a sense of awe that I first touched on the soil there in 1986. The Twelve Tribes of Israel ws very instrumental in setting up a school there … in Shashemane, the land which was given by the Emperor to the people of the Caribbean who wanted to repatriate,” Issachar explained.
Although Kuch Bel was recorded in Jamaica, the video was shot in Ethiopia and shows off the beauty of the land and the people.
The song is set to hit the local airwaves in what Issachar hopes will be a big way, as many disc jockeys now have it in their possession.
“I am expecting a lot of love here in Jamaica and I am already thanking those disc jocks who will find it possible to add it to their playlist,” the Rastafarian singer declared.
Issachar will wind up his short visit to Jamaica next week and return to Canada, from where he will fly out for an important event — the 40th anniversary of the Twelve Tribe organisation in Manchester, England. The celebration takes place April 6 – 9.