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Tribute to a Reggae Legend

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!

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Benjamin says …

Buffalo Soldier, I used to play marley all night to drown out my roomates so my wife(then gf) could sleep!

heather says …

Redemption Song

Danielle says …

Three Little Birds is my favorite (although it was hard to pick one). My kids love it - they giggle and sing when they hear it. After all, "Every little things gonna be alright"! Really helps when I'm having a rough day - it really puts life into perspective. How can you be in a bad mood when you hear this song?

Jessica says …

It is an obvious choice, but "Is This Love" would have to be my favorite. It evokes many incredible memories for me, the most bright being the summer of 2007, lounging on the islands of Indonesia. I connected with other travelers through a love of Bob Marley, and several days were spent sharing food and laughter in the sea and sun. To me, no other music carries a more peaceful and harmonious message than Bob Marley, bearing the inherent ability to bring people together and unite even the most unlike. If I ever have children, Bob Marley will be playing constantly. Who wouldn't grow up full of love?

Michelle says …

STIR IT UP! This is the best song ever. It can lift me up in any mood I'm in, just turn it up and I'm good to go!!! Love his music, all his songs are winners!

Kamieka says …

I have a lot of Bob Marley favorites, but I guess if I had to name one (or maybe 2), they would be "Is This Love," because it's such a great love song and "Who the Cap Fit," because it's such a cool song.

Gary DeGolier says …

Best Marley song? Kinky Reggae is my fav followed closely by No Woman, No Cry and Buffalo Soldier... =)

Richard Wedeiked says …

"Running Away"

Meredith says …

"Is This Love" is my favorite.

Michael says …

Many years ago, I was waiting for a woman I was seeing at the time to call me back. Wouldn't you know, the radio station I was listening to played Waiting In Vain. As it turned out, I wasn't waiting in vain; she called me soon after this. We've both since moved on, but I never forgot that moment - or the song, which features one of Marley's best vocals.

Bob McNulty says …

Bob Marley was the musical freedom fighter. So many of his songs resonate and they stand the test of time. A favorite song... 'One Love'. When you hear his music, it affects the mood and you can't help but be drawn into the moment; you ponder and reflect... thoughts drifting to other times and many causes that still linger.

Lorinda says …

"One love" and "the sun is shining" my favs :)

kathy spampinato says …

Three Little Birds...

Sean says …

Guava Jelly (This Train) but the acoustic version off Satisfy My Soul.

AKosar says …

Rat Race, I used to have 2 Guinea Pigs that got very excited when they heard the song. They would run and jump around their cage. It was quite amusing to watch.

Heather says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is Dem Belly Full!

elly hernandez says …

ALL bob marley is great, but the whole family loves three little birds the most. such a sweet and comforting song

Cindi Wooten says …

All of his songs were favorites. But if I had to choose it would be: No Woman, No Cry

kathy spampinato says …

gotta love "Three Little Birds"

Sandy Nevels says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is No Woman, No Cry. It takes me back to when I was younger & reminds me of the simple times in my life. My friends and I would sing his songs and have a fun time together being happy. His songs bring joy. He has a great voice!

Lioness says …

400 Years.....look how long 400 years thats the reason my people cant see.I get it Bob, and its a damn shame.

Cindy says …

Bob Marley. Three Little Birds

John MacFarlane says …

Buffalo Soldier

Pat Milner says …

Three Little Birds. My favorite.

susan says …

Has to be Three Little Birds... classic

Karl Jung says …

There are SO MANY Marley songs to love, it's hard to narrow them down to only one or even two. I would have to say, though, that his solo acoustic version of "Redemption Song" is just so haunting and beautiful. (I got my step-son to learn the song on his guitar, and whenever we have a cookout, it always turns into an acoustic jam session at nightfall, and we do that song together, him playing, and me (trying to) sing.) It takes a great songwriter to be able to write a song about being kidnapped from your home and sold into slavery, and make it uplifting!

Erika says …

I shot the sheriff!! But it was in self-defense ;)

Hayley Smith says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is "Satisfy my Soul." I first heard it when someone I cared about put it on a mix cd. It captures all of the emotion when you feel like you love someone and now later on, when facing difficulties, it is a good reminder of how that person still makes you feel.

brannu says …

One of the best concerts I ever saw was Bob Marley and the Wailers at Madison Square Garden in NYC back in the late 70's. Every thing about the experience was amazing and at the end of the 4 hour session, everyone was experiencing "One Love"!! But my favorite song of all time is still "Get up, Stand UP".

Christine says …

No woman, no cry, for sure. >Good friends we have, Oh, good friends we have lost >Along the way >In this great future, >You can't forget your past >So dry your tears, I say. >No woman no cry How beautiful...

Brandi Skidmore says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is Buffalo Soldier. When I was little, my mom listened to the Legend tape all the time and that was my favorite song. I couldn't sing the yo, yo part and I remember my aunt teaching me how at about 5 yrs old. While there are Bob Marley songs I like more now, Buffalo Soldier will always be my favorite.

Taiga says …

Lively Up Yourself! Pick me please!

Jamie says …

Turn Your Lights Down Low! It's just sexy!

shannon says …

Natural Mystic. What an awesome groove.

Nadine says …

Too many good songs to choose only one, was difficult to choose between No Woman No Cry, Waiting in Vain, Buffalo Soldier, Three Little Birds but finally have to pick the beautiful harmony of "Stir it up".

Kirsten Baughan says …

Three Little Birds- "cuz every little thing is gonna be alright!"

judyos says …

Just one......you have to be kidding. "Duppy Conqueror', "Small Axe" and "Put It On" I love his early work for the strength and beat. His early work paved the way for his future musical experiences, social conscience and his great talent. Just one song.....impossible! That is like asking me my favorite music genre......impossible!!

Ames says …

"Three Little Birds"...without a doubt!

Monica Adalsteinsson says …

I'd have to pick One Love :)

Amy says …

"Coming In From the Cold" will always make me feel young.

keith grillo says …

My favorite for today is Who the Cap Fit I often wonder what would have happened if Jimi and Bob could have survived and met in the studio.

Gina Marie Drakos says …

Three Little Birds!

Larita Arendz says …

Nice site you have here ill be sure to bookmark and visit often.

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