Abyssinians (The)

The roots harmony vocals trio the Abyssinians was formed in 1968 by founding members Donald Manning, Bernard Collins and Linford Manning. It was in 1969 with their release "Satta Massagana" recorded on Coxson Dodd's Studio One label-a Rastafarian hymn based on the Ethiopian Amharic language, that launched them into the ranks of Reggae music greats. "Satta Massagana" became one of reggae's most popular songs; becoming an anthem that was heard on the radios, in the dancehalls and in the churches of Jamaica. It was also covered by many other International artists' including Third World. What followed were a string of hits of which included "Declaration of Rights," "Yi Mas Gan." and "Let My Days Be Long". Early albums were a collection of singles recorded throughout the 1970's on their own label-Clinch, of which included "Forward On To Zion" (1976) and "ARISE" (1978).

The group separated in 1980, during the separation group co-founder Donald Manning performed internationally under the name The Abyssinians with his brother Carlton Manning (of Carlton & The Shoes) and singer David Morrison. In Jamaica, Bernard Collins performed on stage with longtime associate George Henry...

Read the whole group's presentation on their website [http://www.theabyssinians.com/bio.html]

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