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Messenger: Cush Sent: 3/7/2006 12:31:53 AM
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Greetings just want the I them know that Mr. Planno leave the flesh. For those who don't know who this man is. In the 70s he went to Itiopia and met Haile Selassie.


Messenger: Cush Sent: 3/7/2006 12:32:26 AM
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Messenger: JahWoek Sent: 3/7/2006 10:17:41 AM
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Greetings All,

For those of you who haven't already heard this is to inform you of the passing of Brother Mortimo "Kumi" Planno, on Sunday March 5th at 22:40 hours at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Brother Kumi as he was affectionately called, was born in 1929 on the 6th of September in Cuba. He arrived in Jamaica in the early 1930s with his mother (Jamaican), May Parks, father Miguel Planno (a Cuban Tobacconist) and 3 older siblings.

Planno grew up in the West Kingston district and came to national prominence in the early 1950s through his articulate and defiant involvement with the Rastafari Movement, then in its first two decades, as one of if earliest dreadlocked youth leaders. He was a founding member of the Rastafari Movement Association, which held the Ethiopian World Federation Chater 37, and was instrumental in many initiatives including the First Universal Grounation of Rastafari in Back-O-Wall in March 1958; the University ISER - Report of the Rastafari Movement in Kingston Jamaica 1960; the Fact Finding Mission to Africa, 1961; the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie I to Jamaica in 1966; the development and Management of Bob Marley and the Wailers; the repatriation of several families and individuals to Shashamanie Ethiopia throughout the 1960s; the arrival of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jamaica in 1970; the Peace Concert 1978 among other initiatives.

Planno was well known for his intellectual acumen, letters to the press and his famous autobiographical text "The Earth Most Strangest Man: the Rastafarian". He has toured Africa on three separate occasions visiting a total of 15 countries there and has been invited to give lecture/tours in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

In 1998, the Faculty of Social Sciences made Bro. Kumi its inaugural Folk Philosopher through a one year fellowship where he pursued his autobiographical writings through an attachment to the department of Government. Subsequently Planno became a sinecure attached to the Institute of Caribbean Studies which facilitated his continued work up until the end.

Since 1984 Planno's health had been compromised by a number of complications (glandular, cardiac, gastric and circulation issues). Increasingly from 2001 after suffering a heart attack Planno has been in and out of hospital, and in July of 2005 his right leg was amputated.

Though Mortimo Planno may be most remembered for his role on the occasion of the Emperor Haile Selassie I's visit to Jamaica when he restored order to a state where protocol has disappeared, he is perhaps most of all the archetype of a Rastafari ecumenical leader and operated in this manner for some forty odd years. His command was one with words, and when he opened his mouth all were forced to recognise his power.

For some fifty years Mortimo Planno has been one of the key Rastafari figures on the battle field. He leaves behind four children and a younger Brother Barry. Today we ask that his memory be honoured in your thoughts and prayers.

May his soul find rest and comfort with Jah.

Rastafari Liveth...One Perfect Love


Messenger: JahWoek Sent: 3/7/2006 11:26:30 AM
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oh didnt see that this info was already posted..Give Thanks...Bless


Messenger: SisMenenI Sent: 3/8/2006 1:57:40 PM
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Rastafari icon Mortimo Planno passes on
BY BASIL WALTERS Observer staff reporter
Wednesday, March 08, 2006

MORTIMO St George Planno, an influential Rastafarian icon, is dead. He died on March 5 at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
PLANNO... was all that was good

He was a founding member of the Rastafari Movement Association, which held the Ethiopian World Federation Charter 37, and was the driving force behind the first Universal Groundation (Assemble) of Rastafari in Back-O-Wall (now Tivoli Gardens) in 1958.

Brother Kumi, as he was affectionately called, was born in Cuba on September 6, 1929. His mother May Parks and father Miguel Planno, a Cuban tobacconist, took him to Jamaica when he was three years old.

After the family landed in Jamaica in 1932, they lived in "Back-O-Wall", where Planno grew up and came to national prominence in the early 1950s through his articulate and defiant advocacy of the Rastafarian Movement, then in its second decade.

He was also instrumental in many other initiatives involving the advancement and the establishment of what is today a worldwide movement. These include the 1960 University of the West Indies (UWI) Report on the Rastafari Movement in Jamaica; the 1961 Fact- Finding Mission to Africa (on which he was a member of the delegation); the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie I to Jamaica in 1966; the mentoring of Bob Marley and the Wailers; the repatriation of several families and individuals to Shashamanie, Ethiopia throughout the 1960s; the arrival of the Ethiopia Orthodox Church in Jamaica in 1970; and the 1978 Peace Concert.

Planno had been connected to the university community even before the time of the report on the Rastafari Movement, through the extra-mural department where he actively participated. He was well known for his letters to the press and his famous autobiographical text "The Earth's Most Strangest Man:The Rastafarian".

He toured Africa on three separate occasions representing the Rastafari Movement, visiting a total of 15 countries. He has also been invited to give lecture/tours in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

In 1998, the Faculty of Social Sciences through a one-year fellowship, made Brother Kumi its inaugural Folk Philosopher and during that period he continued his writings. Planno was subsequently attached to the Institute of Caribbean Studies, which facilitated the organisation and preservation of some of his archives and his accessibility as a key consultant for scholars researching the Rastafari Movement as well as his continued engagement with the wider University community.

Mortimo Planno may best be remembered for the calming role he played on the occasion of Emperor Haile Selassie I's visit to Jamaica, when he restored order where state protocol was said to have disappeared.

"He (Planno) is perhaps most of all, the Rastafari ecumenical leader extraordinaire as his command predated and transcended the differences represented within the various mansion/houses (organisations) of Rastafari," said Jalani Niaah, coordinator of the Rastafari Studies, UWI, which has provided much of the information on this key Rastafari figure for more than 50 years.

Junior Manning, publisher of the magazine Rasta Vibes, said "Planno was one of the most outstanding Rastaman who stood up for the faith and was recognised by His Majesty. Planno was all that was good - the physical connection between His Majesty and the rest of I and I, who advocated for a new faculty. Any man who disrespect Planno, disrespect His Majesty," Manning argued.

And prominent poet/broadcaster, Mutabaruka remembers Planno as someone who always inspired and encouraged him. "He was the first man who introduced me on a stage, and I find it to be a great honour," Mutabaruka said.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20060307T180000-0500_100145_OBS_RASTAFARI_ICON_MORTIMO_PLANNO_PASSES_ON.asp


Messenger: Ras KebreAB Sent: 3/9/2006 6:35:03 PM
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Great is the Name of I Father Emperor HAile I Selassie. Bless all who come in HIS name

Works shall I-tinue



Messenger: dawić Sent: 3/15/2006 5:44:00 PM
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JAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RASTAFARI!!!!!!!!LIVETH!!!


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