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Samory-I “I Am Gad” (2016)

Another killer tune from Silly Walks Discotheque’s Smile Jamaica compilation, Samory-I’s “I Am Gad” is deepest roots and culture. I can’t get enough of this exceptional album. Also check Jesse Royal performing Mikey Dread’s “Roots and Culture.”
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Bob Marley shot dead, 1976

This article appeared in several U.S. newspapers on December 5, 1976. On 3 December 1976, two days before Smile Jamaica, a free concert organized by the Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley in an attempt to ease tension between two warring political groups, Marley, his wife, and manager Don Taylor...
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35TH ANNIVERSAR​Y REISSUE ON AUDIOPHILE 180GRAM VIRGIN VINYL This year marks the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ now classic, 1978 release, Kaya. To celebrate, on April 22, 2013, Universal Music will release Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Island/Tuff Gong/Universal Music), an expanded, two-CD collection featuring 24...
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The Shooting Of Bob Marley

This blog survives day-to-day because of the brilliant work of others.  Vivienne Goldman documented the Wailers like nobody else did.  She was able to do this because she was part of Bob’s circle of friends.  She lived it.  Endless bus tours, countless trips to Jamaica, and nights spent...
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‘Smile, you’re in Jamaica’

Included here are some interesting press archives and a short, unreleased documentary profiling the Smile Jamaica concert.  Incidentally, the documentary, as well as the concert footage, was directed by Bob’s then-publicist, Jeff Walker.  Jeff is photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker’s husband.  I know Jeff, and recently interviewed him for more than an...
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