While the core beliefs of some Rastafari are absolutely not compatible with Christianity (the worship of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I as God incarnate), their tradition (and their reggae music) comes out of protestantism in Jamaica. I find a lot of roots reggae (traditional, socially-conscious reggae) to be very spiritually uplifting, and good music to boot. There's already a dedicated Reggae thread in the Faith forum, but artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Max Romeo, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, the Ethiopians are just a few that I have enjoyed lately.
There's a real sincerity in these musicians. Probably because most of them fought and continue to fight oppression; the best art is often art from adversity.
I've always been a fan of experimental music genres, so when I found out that electronic producer Sun Araw teamed up with the Congos and M. Gedde Gengres to make a psychedelic praise album, my interest was immediately piqued. The end result is... "interesting" to say the least
. I don't think many people here will consider this to be music, and many will probably hate it, but I enjoy it.
Also, please do not respond to my post to bash Rastafari or their beliefs. I taught myself a long time ago not to care about the specific beliefs of an artist, only that they pursue God and all that is good in a genuine and honest way.
On a related note, I love love love Marvin Gaye, especially his classic What's Goin' On
. Please don't rain on my parade and call me a heretic for listening to someone who was sola scriptura!
EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot! My name sake, A Love Supreme
, is John Coltrane's personal love letter to God.