Inna Gambia, South Africa, Mozambique yeah
I-thiopia ah no joke yeah, ah it we smoke yeah
Zimbabwe, we smoke it everyday, me nah play
The reference to multiple African countries alludes to Pan-Africanism, an ideology that strives to unites all African countries. At its core Pan-Africanism is “a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the Diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny".
The “I” in reggae music is based on the Rastafari vernacular and goes back to Haile Selassie I (the first). However when people read his name they didn’t know roman numerals so they called H.I.M Selassie I. Rastafari have a belief that Jah Rastafari is always with them, so they frequently use “I and I” instead of “I” or “Me”. Rastafari also apply the “I” to other words, with Capleton here using it for I-thiopia, the holy land for Rastafari based off the prophecy of Marcus Garvey and the fulfillment by Haile Selassie. “Look to Africa, when a black man is crowned King there is your GOD” (*paraphrased prophecy)
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