The Rastarenes
    In the green hills of Debre Zeit (Mount of Olives), Gordon Town Road, Kingston 6, springs three bold and beautifully bonded sisters- Keteis Brissett, (Fenote), Juliet Baruch (Welete) and Marlene Flemmings (Semra). Together they are RASTARENES.   Born and bred in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Faith they sing in Ge'ez Amharic and English. Known for songs such as Selam Ena Fikir (Peace and Love), Atilaleh (purification) and In the name of life, for them music is healing.   The RASTARENES spans a career in reggae music for over two decades. They were in their mid teens and early twenties when they began singing in their church choir and at community events in Jamaica. Fenote, Semra and Welete became divinely united as sisters in song in 1993.   They did their first recording at Tuff Gong Studio in 1994, a single called "Freedom Fighter" that was done under the auspices of Rita Marley.   As they progressed, they soon found the need to have a name. And so in 1994 while coming home from school on a bus, lead singer Fenote was in tuned to Tony Rebel's song "Nazarene Vow" and suddenly exclaimed "Rastarenes"- a name she thought was a perfect representation of the group and a combination of Rasta and Nazarene. With their acronym meaning Rasta Always Spread Truth And Rights Everywhere Naturally Ensuring Spirituality, they began to be sought after on numerous local events. Their unity, melody and outstanding attire often saw them getting comparisons to the I-Threes.   They have performed on shows such as Rebel Salute, A St. Mary Mi Come From, Fire 2000, All Spice, Everton Blender Birthday Celebration, Bob Marley Tributes, International Reggae Day celebrations, EastFest, Dennis Brown and Augustus Pablo Tributes just to name a few. Vibes Magazine in 2001 captured them on Rebel Salute and described them as "The Rastarenes show that Queens don't always have to show skin to prove that they have skills".   The Rastarenes continued doing numerous performances and little recording. Subsequently, migration of two of the sisters led Fenote to go solo in 2004. But this never caused a loss of bond. They always knew they were on a mission, and so ten years later in 2014 the Rastarenes are together in harmony once more to lift their audiences to a higher level of consciousness.