Reggae gig opens up Cote dIvoires Rasta Village

Reggae gig opens up Cote d’Ivoire’s ‘Rasta Village’

With its wooden shacks on a beach shaded by palm trees, Cote d’Ivoire’s “Rasta Village” could be anywhere in West Africa — if it wasn’t for all the dreadlocks, Ethiopian flags and murals of the Lion of Judah.

Last weekend, the villagers in Cote d’Ivoire’s Rastafarian colony, near the port of Abidjan, made a rare opening to the outside world with a four-day reggae festival that culminates in the anniversary of Bob Marley’s death today.

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