ALEXANDER  SHIRLEY
 

Bassist, guitarist, drummer, singer, songwriter and song arrangements

ABOUT
ALEXANDER S. SHIRLEY
Guitarist, drummer, singer, songwriter and music arranger  
 

 
 
Why do I grow dreadlocks

I'm a Rastfarian. In the Bible - Numbers 6:5  states, "All the days of his vow of separation there shall no razor com Why e on his head; until the days are fulfilled, in which he separates himself to the Lord. He shall let the locks of his head grow long."   In Leviticus 21:5, "Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies." 

A Brief History About Rastafarian Beliefs from:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari 
"Rastafari is an Abrahamic belief which developed in Jamaica in the 1930s, following the coronation of Haile Selassie I as Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930. Its adherents worship him in much the same way as Jesus in his Second Advent, or as God the Son.[1]  - "Rastafarin movement overview". BBC. October 2, 2009.

The name Rastafari is taken from Ras Tafari, the title (Ras) and first name (Tafari Makonnen) of Haile Selassie I before his coronation. In Amharic, Ras, literally "head", is an Ethiopian title equivalent to prince or chief, while the personal given name Täfäri (teferi) means one who is revered. Yah (יה in Hebrew) is a Biblical name of God, from a shortened form of Jahweh or Yahuah found in Psalms 68:4 in the King James Version of the Bible and many other places in the Bible. Most adherents see Haile Selassie I as Jah or Jah Rastafari, an incarnation of God the Father, the Second Advent of Christ "the Anointed One", i.e. the second comingof Jesus Christ the King to Earth."  ~  (from:    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari)

Many people today grow their dreads as a fashion statement, without knowing the history of the Rasta way of life. In the past dreads were naturally grown just as they would grow. Today, you will see dreads started by perfectly spacing each lock of hair, so that each dread is grown at an even distance from the others. Dreads used to mean, "Dreadful," giving the wearer a fierce or scary appearance. Now, many people wear dreads to look, handsome or pretty. 

As you know, Bob Marley was one of the world's most famous Rastas. He popularized reggae music, and was an inspiration to me.  Bob put Haile Selassie I, the Emperor of Ethiopia's United Nations speech in 1963, to music in his song, "War."   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB-ux_QH0Mk    You can hear his influence in my music.

In several old photos of Haile Selassie I, and on many of Bob's Marley's albums, you can see the, "Lion of Judah,"  which also appears on historical flags of Ethiopia. Dreadlocks can sometimes have a similar appearance to a lion’s mane, with the lion being  universally seen as the symbol of strength. The front cover of  my cd, "Turn It Up," shows my dreads,  and the back cover's lion, with his beautiful black mane,  show these similarities. 




 






















To preview or purchase my cd - (all 15 songs), or individual songs,  go to:


cd  baby:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alexandersshirley

        UPCOMING    SHOWS

        When: New's Year Eve! - Monday, December 31,  2018

        Where: Golden State Theater - 417 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940

        Several Different Artists. Shows start at 7:00 p.m.



PAST VENUES:
 
Bay of Pines
Big Sur Inn
Big Sur Marathon
Bluefin Cafe and Billiards
Bon Ton L' Roy's Lighthouse Smokehouse
Bullwacker's
Carbones
Carmel Plaza
Cannery Row Brewing Company
Cannery Row Road Block Celebration
Casa Sorrento Pizzeria
Catalyst
Cibo's
​Cooper's Pub
CSUMB's Watershed Appreciation BBQ
 Doc Ricketts 
East Village Coffee Lounge
Fernwood Inn
"First Night" performances at the Golden State Theater in Monterey, for several years
Gateway Center, on a yearly basis
Indigital, Santa Cruz, CA - CD Release Party
Jose's Restaurant
King City Reggaefest
KZSC Radio Station-88.1: interview, live performance on, "Local Brew"
Maritime Museum of Monterey - Benefit for Homeless Women of Monterey
Monterey Reggae Festival -  several years
​Monterey Whalefest - several years
Pacific Grove Art Center 
Planet Gemini
​Recycled Records
Restoration Opening of the Murphy House in Carmel
Surfer Foundation
Westend Celebration
Women of Monterey
 
 
  • If you'd like to hear authentic, original, reggae music, please think of me.  
Check out these links:
 
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2008:
 
2010:
 
Solo Performance at the King City, CA Reggaefest:
 
2013:
 
Photo of Alexader Shirley ©Derrick Cameron Brown
 
 
2014:
 
Reggae Rock Night:
 

"Turn It Up" © CD is here!  


"First Night" Concert, January 1, 2015 at the Golden State Theater, Monterey, CA
Photos ©Kathleen L. Ryan