“His music came to symbolize a religion, an entire musical style — and the country of Jamaica. On the 60th anniversary of his birth, fans celebrate the genius who brought reggae to the world. We discuss the legacy of Bob Marley. Guests: Roger Steffens, reggae historian Chris Wilson, A&R director, Heartbeat Records and Tanya Stephens, reggae singer and DJ.”
Please check out my new article on Washington, DC’s own SOJA at World-A-Reggae. I’ve been a big fan and supporter of this crew for over 10 years as they are my hometown collective. Seen too many shows to count, including the 2006 Get Wiser CD release shows at The State Theater featured on the Get Wiser DVD. I’ve provided the video footage below.
Get Wiser Release Party The State Theater Falls Church, VA 2006
Bunny “Striker” Lee was instrumental in producing early dub music, working with his friend and dub pioneer King Tubby in the early 1970s. Lee and Tubby were experimenting with new production techniques, which they called “implements of sound.”Working with equipment that today would be considered primitive and limiting, they produced tracks that consisted of mostly the rhythm parts mixed with distorted or altered versions of a song.
With all the bass and drum ting now, dem ting just start by accident, a man sing off key, an when you a reach a dat you drop out everything an leave the drum, an lick in the bass, an cause a confusion an people like it…
What you have here is a fine selection of Bunny “Striker” Lee, starting with some early reggae hits by Delroy Wilson and Slim Smith, then passing thru the era of the “flying cymbals” courtesy of the drummer Santa Davis and closing with some crucial heavyweight tunes by one of the most prolific singers of the Bunny Lee camp, Johnny Clarke.
Delroy Wilson – Have some mercy Delroy Wilson – This old heart of mine Delroy Wilson – Better must come Alton Ellis – Breaking up Slim Smith – Let me go girl Dawn Penn – Me never hold you John Holt – Happy go lucky girl Pat Kelly – Just don’t know what to do Bob Marley – Mr chatterbox Dennis Alcapone – Horse and buggy Prince Far I – Cream of the crop Jah Stitch – Killer Cornell Campbell – The gorgon speaks Barry Brown – The godfather Horace Andy – Better collie Johnny Clarke – Rock with me Johnny Clarke – None shall escape Johnny Clarke – Joshua Johnny Clarke – Jah bless Joshua Johnny Clarke – Declaration of rights Johnny Clarke – Love your brothers and sisters
The angelic Judy Mowatt of I-Three fame speaks about Bob Marley’s conversion to Christianity and his words from his death bed in Miami hospital.From Bread News International, a faith-based news program.
For all those who have emailed me requesting copies of the podcasts, I apologize but Mixcloud does not allow for downloads. However, there is a nifty add-on for your browser that you may download for free that allows you to download audio and video from just about any site. I have provided a link for both Mozilla users and IE users.
Reggae’s most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley’s music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country’s impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution created a legacy that continues to live on not only through the music of his extended family but also through generations of artists the world over touched by his genius. On this series, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Marley’s masterpiece “Exodus” as well as showcase his timeless and brilliant music.
Colin Grant is the author of I and I The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh and Wailer. Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trenchtown R&B crooners, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers—one of the most influential groups in popular music.
Grant is a historian, Associate Fellow in the Centre for Caribbean Studies and producer for BBC Radio. He joined the BBC in 1991, and has worked as a TV script editor and radio producer of arts and science programmes on radio 4 and the World Service. He has written and directed plays including The Clinic, based on the lives of the photojournalists, Tim Page and Don McCullin.