Chronicling the history of one song, "Satta Massa Gana," "Tree of Satta" compiles versions ranging from the original 1969 cut to recent interpretations. And though each track shares the same bass line and musical hook, everything else differs. From Tommy McCook's instrumental tenor sax version to Prince Far I's dub poetry, each song varies wildly from The Abyssinians' original roots-reggae tune (considered by some to be the greatest Rasta anthem of all time). Through interviews with the original Abyssinians, the liner notes provide an interesting history, putting the song's genealogy and importance into perspective.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.