Our pick of the week is a production of tracks by Aston Barrett called Cobra Style.
It is 1979 and Bob Marley and the Wailers are back from their tour of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the U.S. to play Reggae Sunsplash in July and a benefit at the National Arena to honor the International Year of the Rasta Child on Friday, August 18, 1979. Also performing is an artist who recently went solo from his very popular reggae group – Burning Spear. So yes, Bob Marley and Burning Spear have shared the same stage, in fact, they shared it twice in 1979 – once at Reggae Sunsplash and again at the International Year of the Rasta Child concert.
Interesting note, Marley and Spear hail from the same province – St. Annes. It was Marley, only ten years earlier in 1969, who directed Spear to follow music as a career and introduced him to Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at Studio One. Spear, along with his band mates, show up at Studio One and record a strange sounding tune with The Black Disciples called “Door Peep Shall Not Enter.” The rest is reggae history.