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By the early 90s - a decade on from the death of Bob Marley - the consciousness reggae movement he headed was floundering internationally. In New Zealand, where reggae is one of the bloodlines, it was disappearing from radio and aside from well attended appearances by Judy Mowatt and Ziggy Marley concerts it really was “time tough,”...
The most common complaint from those who have stardom thrust upon them -- the tabloid coverage and paparazzi, the private chef serving you rather than some kid on minimum wage -- is that nothing prepares you for this life.
Okay, it’s tough at the top -- it’s not that easy at the bottom however -- and no, you can’t go to...
Shortly after Bob Marley died in May ‘81 a journalist asked former-Wailer Peter Tosh what the passing of this charismatic reggae figure meant.
Tosh considered the matter carefully, then offered this insightful -- but eloquently, unusually -- observation: “No more music from Bob.”
Rasta/Zen reduction right there. And...
Judy Mowatt wears her unofficial title
“the queen of reggae" easily. A striking figure of regal
bearing, she holds her head high, and, as a member of The Twelve
Tribes of Israel, talks as easily about the Queen of Sheba in ancient
times as she does about Yellowman, and DJ dancehall stars in Jamaica
today – and shows a canny...
What becomes a legend most? In the case
of Ernest Ranglin, good humour and modesty.
This legend of Jamaican singlehandedly
created ska back in the Fifties; recorded the young Bob Marley;
arranged Millie Small’s international hit My Boy Lollipop in 64;
enjoyed a jazz career in London, New York and Florida; and in the
This unfocused and largely haphazard film -- part travel footage, part film of reggae artists, some political subtext hinted at -- dates from 1980 when French filmmaker Bonn took a camera to Jamaica and the streets of black Britain.
There is considerable footage where the camera is looking out the window of a vehicle which travels though the...
Bob Marley only had about seven high-profile years between No Woman No Cry and Redemption Song, about the same length of time the Beatles had between Please Please Me and the break-up.
But of course, like the Beatles, there was Bob before and after that. After that was, notably, the posthumus album Confrontation in '83 which contained...
Some albums are accorded greater cachet because of the circumstances of their creation. Does anyone really think George Harrison would have won a Grammy for his instrumental Marwa Blues if he had been around to collect it?
That was a vote driven by sentiment -- and probably regret and embarrassment that his contribution to music post-Beatles...
As Bob Marley was advancing a more light-filled, if still serious, face of Rastafarianism into the world, it fell to deep roots groups like Culture, the great Burning Spear and Bob's old bandmate in the original Wailers, Bunny Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer) to deliver the darker and deeper themes.
The mighty Spear sang as if he had just been...
After a faltering start with the Melody
Makers, Ziggy (now 42) uncoupled his music from overly familiar
reggae rhythms and incorporated African sounds, hooked up with rap
artists, kept a political agenda and all the while didn't veer too
far from his father's path and sometimes the classic sound.
collaborators include Woody...