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Last farewells to Planno this weekend

Basil Walters, Observer staff reporter


Friday, March 24, 2006

Rastafarian icon, Mortimo Planno, who died March 5, will be the subject of a
musical celebration tonight, to be followed by a thanksgiving service tomorrow
at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kingston.
Tonight's celebration takes place at the Oriental (Chapel) Gardens, University of the
West Indies, Mona Campus.
Such artistes as Luciano, Tony Rebel and Bob Andy, among others, will pay tribute to
the late elder. Well-known wordsmith Mutabaruka will also be providing music from
his own personal collection.

The most influential Rastafarian patriarch, Mortimo St George Planno, was closely
associated with the development of reggae music. As a part of his menitoring role to
Bob Marley and the Wailers, he would promote dances in order to give exposure to
their music in an era when radio was not reggae-friendly. Planno also wrote a number
of songs for the group, the two most famous being Haile Selassie Is The Chapel and
Chances Are.
Brother Kumi, as he was fondly called, will be laid to rest in Scott's Pass Clarendon
on lands belonging to the Rastafari Nyahbinghi Mansion.