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The marriage ceremony of Black Missionaries manager Ras Ray Harawa and Empress Maisha Asher Sefanit- Wudasee held at Robin’s Park in Blantyre on Saturday night attracted attention from people.

The marriage ceremony which spilled over to the early hours of Sunday pulled an impressive audience.

By 6pm, people had already started filling up the Robins Park hall with the ceremony billed to start at 7pm.

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However, with another wedding which happened in the afternoon finishing late, Ras Harawa’s marriage ceremony started late.

The marriage ceremony attracted interest because it was a Rasta’s wedding and random interviews with people indicated that many wanted to see the difference with the white wedding.

Being a Rasta’s marriage ceremony, many people, who patronised the marriage ceremony, were rastas.

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Before the couple entered the hall, people enjoyed reggae music since it is associated with Rastafarianism while some other genres enjoyed a smaller portion.

Black Missionaries’ songs also enjoyed airplay on the night and in fact the groom entered the hall with the reggae group’s song.

Before the couple’s entry, elders came and took their seats.

Then the bridal party which featured girls dressed in Rastafarian colours followed by women and a boy, who was in black attire, entered the hall.

This was followed by the entry of the groom who was dressed in a traditional wear, a suit made from African print and then the bridegroom, who was not in a veil.

Then came the blessing of the couple which was handled by the elders, followed by the exchange of rings and then they were given pebbles.

The elder, who travelled all the way from UK, where the bridegroom is based said the pebbles were given to them as a symbol of oneness and that in the event of one seeking divorce, the couple will have to bring to the elder the pebbles.

After this process, the couple was pronounced Mr and Mrs.

The marriage ceremony to some other extent was more like an engagement as marriage counsellors also exchanged gifts.

There was the presentation of gifts to the couple as well as the usual pelekani, pelekani as it’s done with the white wedding.

During the ceremony, Harawa being Blacks manager saw members of Black Missionaries led by lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani performing the love song Ndamusowa for the couple.

It was an accapella performance. Anthony Makondetsa also performed a love song and he came in soon after veteran Snowden Ibu’s performance.

Ibu was given a call by Ras Harawa to come and perform.

Makondetsa was also forced to perform Mbumba Ya Abraham which was played using a CD when people came in to do pelekani, pelekani.

The organising team later presented a gift to the couple before the end of the ceremony as the couple later took photographs with the elders, friends and well-wishers.

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