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Tribute to a Reggae Legend

By Dan Storper, July 16, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper
Congratulations to Patricia for winning Putumayo's 5-CD reggae collection and thanks to all of you who shared your favorite Bob Marley song with us! Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. Few people have made the kind of lasting, universal impact that Bob Marley has made with his music. In his short 36 years, Marley managed not only to introduce hundreds of millions to reggae but also spread powerful messages of peace, love, human rights and acceptance. It’s no surprise that almost 30 years after his death, one can travel to any part of the globe and witness his far-reaching musical legacy. (Read on for a chance to win a 5 CD Putumayo Reggae collection.) Bob Marley would have been 65 in 2010, and in celebration, Putumayo World Music is releasing Tribute to a Reggae Legend, a multi-genre album featuring artists from around the world performing many of his best-loved songs. The collection is the first tribute album Putumayo has produced and its first with five exclusive, original tracks. Artists who recorded songs for this release include Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a group of refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone civil war. They beautifully harmonize on a poignant interpretation of “No Woman, No Cry.” South African Afro-fusion band Freshlyground contributes an original recording of “Africa Unite,” demonstrating their signature mix of African folk, kwela and jazz. Original recordings of “Could You Be Loved” by Québecois singer Caracol (formerly of the group Dobracaracol), “Natural Mystic” by California reggae/rock band Rebelution and “Sun is Shining” by Ghanaian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni, add to the diversity of the collection. Bob Marley was an ambassador and representative of people throughout the world who did not have a voice on the global stage. Reuben Koroma, band leader of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, talks about his reach:
There is a serious connection with Marley’s message because desperation is the same everywhere. Bob Marley spoke for the interest of many people who are suffering, and I think that the Refugee All Stars also are speaking for many people who are suffering.  We try to articulate the grievances of people who do not have the chance to be heard.  I believe it’s so important because many people are living in a refugee situation right now, so when people hear about our story—how we suffered and saw terrible times and were able to overcome all those obstacles, it gives people hope.
Mark Johnson, creator of Playing for Change, explains it this way:
A small crew started traveling the globe armed with a mobile recording studio, cameras and two songs, “Stand By Me” and “One Love.” I wonder sometimes after so many years of traveling the world if we chose these songs or if perhaps they chose us.  I will never forget the turning point in filming “One Love” when we traveled to a shack on the top of a hill in the township of Umlazi, South Africa.  We were working with a Zulu Choir named Sinamuva and when we arrived they were singing the choruses of “One Love” in their native language of Zulu.  Seeing their faces and feeling the love coming from their hearts as they sang this song was perhaps the greatest moment of my life.  We have recorded many different people from different races, religions, cultures and economic status throughout our journey, and Bob Marley always finds a way to connect them all.
You can pick up Putumayo’s Tribute to a Reggae Legend in our stores now. Add your voice to the Marley chorus: tell us the name of your favorite Bob Marley song (we'd love to hear why it's your fave too) in the comments below, and we’ll select a random winner to receive a five CD Putumayo Reggae collection. Enter your comment by July 28th!
Category: Music




Victoria Charkut says ...
No Woman, No Cry. Hard to choose but that one really does it for me.
07/22/2010 8:40:34 AM CDT
Rhonda says ...
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bob Marley! I started listening to him while in college and my appreciation for his music has grown through the years. It was Bob Marley's music that inspired my husband & I to go to Jamaica & renew our wedding vows there on our 10th anniversary. Marley's song "Is This Love" (now one of many Bob Marley favorites) played during the ceremony. Bob Marley's music is so incredible -- poetic, meaningful, timeless, and soulful -- I never tire of it. Both the music & lyrics are great. It's such a tragedy that he died so young -- he was so talented and had such spirit & dedication to what he believed in.
07/17/2010 10:31:38 PM CDT
J Ross says ...
Love Bob Marley. No Woman No Cry is a classic! Marley's music brings a smile to everyone and immediately makes you start swaying your body from left to right. Bob Marley's music just makes you feel like dancing whether you can or not!
07/21/2010 5:08:02 PM CDT
Julie P says ...
No Woman, No Cry. Whenever I hear that song I have to turn the volume all the way up!
07/19/2010 2:05:37 PM CDT
Patsy says ...
No Woman, No Cry (with I Shot the Sherrif a close second) - It's the sound track of my life that plays in my head when I walk along the beach around Tryall. There's something in the lyrics and the plaintive melody that so touches the soul...
07/21/2010 9:28:41 PM CDT
Mariah says ...
Soul rebel- It expresses who he is and why he sings the music he does. It's a beautiful song and the original recording, not remastered, is the only one worth listening to. All the imperfections are what make it marley style! :)
07/27/2010 6:04:15 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
My all-time favorite is "Could you be Loved", but all Marley's songs are soulful and great.
07/21/2010 7:24:20 PM CDT
Kurt Rowe says ...
"No Woman, No Cry" would be my favorite!
07/21/2010 12:59:38 PM CDT
Karen says ...
My favorite is Three Little Birds.
07/21/2010 8:14:11 PM CDT
Alexis Marnel says ...
I always enjoyed Bob Marley but did not fully appreciate the scope of his genius until a few years ago. For some reason I have never fully paid attention to his lyrics and at a family Christmas party we put on a Bob Marley Cd and I was blown away as if it was the first time I ever heard his music. My favorite is "Buffalo Soldier" because it is a beautiful song that tells a heart breaking story of people of color fighting for their rights and the respect their history and legacy deserve.
07/21/2010 8:15:09 PM CDT
Ryan says ...
My personal favorite is "Waiting in Vain"...just such a great, great song. My new favorite, however, is "Three Little Birds" as my daughter and I love to dance around and sing to it. I try so hard to steer her to good music, but at 2 1/2, it's kind of difficult to weed out the bad messages. She's been on a steady diet of Bob and Putomayo and she already has an amazing appreciation for music. I'd love this set to contribute to that.
07/21/2010 4:20:12 PM CDT
cindy says ...
no woman no cry!!!
07/21/2010 8:33:25 PM CDT
daniel. says ...
"Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" is a great song because it talks about the release that music gives everyone in hard times.
07/21/2010 3:39:36 PM CDT
Belinda says ...
My favorite is the "Milkshake and potato chips" song. I like it because the name of the song really catches your eye, I mean who uses that for a song title. The song I feel has some underlining meaning that you have to look for. I really like that in a song. And the words are just great and this song is so unique.
07/21/2010 2:08:30 PM CDT
lori madel says ...
I really enjoy listening to the tune of "kinky reggae", and my childrens' fav of Marley's is "three little birds"! God...how I wish that rastaman were still alive making music today!
07/21/2010 1:30:32 PM CDT
Robin Dale says ...
Bob's wonderful interpretation of "Irie" during his 1979 interview in New Zealand, which is available on YouTube, is "some ting" that no one should miss. All tings are connected, and Bob says it in a way all can groove. Ja Love.
07/19/2010 9:05:46 AM CDT
rose says ...
One Love
07/21/2010 11:05:18 AM CDT
Erin P. says ...
My favorite Marley song is "One Love". It's the best de-stressing song...when I listen I just close my eyes and enjoy the moment.
07/21/2010 10:21:39 AM CDT
Emily Posner says ...
Trenchtown Rock is my ultimate favorite. I'll never get tired of it.
07/21/2010 10:18:29 AM CDT
Lupe Sanchez says ...
I am proud to be the Tia that exposes my nephews and nieces to cool worldly things like reggae music - and I love it when they ask me to play bob marley when they are riding in my car :)
07/21/2010 10:20:01 AM CDT
Howard says ...
Jamming is my favorite, and I still visualize his great performance of it at the Univ of Denver in 1979 every time I hear it.
07/21/2010 10:17:02 AM CDT
Sallyeri says ...
I love "Buffalo Soldier", mostly because it reminds me of the theme song for The Banana Splits.
07/21/2010 10:00:36 AM CDT
Anna says ...
I have to go with Redemption Song... It's so powerful and it never gets old! It's so hard to choose though. One Love, Three Little Birds, Stir It Up... :) Bob's messages are still so powerful today.
07/21/2010 10:00:00 AM CDT
laurie adler says ...
So many to choose from but I would have to say Sun is Shining we love that song and makes us recall a favorite vacation. thanks Bob Marley for all the good music! my sons in their 20's love his music too.
07/22/2010 8:32:48 AM CDT
Carl Hooker says ...
Redemption song is my all time fav Marley tune. One of the all-time best lyrics of all time is "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds." That rings true regardless of the generation
07/21/2010 9:58:39 AM CDT