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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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Monique L. says …

It is almost impossible to pick just one but I will say "Satisfy My Soul". That song just makes me happy and has great memories attached to it.

Jaime says …

Three little birds because it makes me think about a bright sunshiny day and like no matter what happens everything will turn out fine.

Deborah Watson says …

'One Love' is such a great song. The lyrics 'let's get together and feel alright' are just what the world needs!

Jamie K says …

My absolute favorite Marley song is "Three Little Birds". There's a pure happiness that comes over you when you listen and then find that you can't help but smile and sing along.

gretchen manzer says …

"Stir it up"...always puts me a in a happy mood :)

Kimberly Margaret says …

Buffalo Soldier

January says …

My favorite Marley song is Jammin, doesn't get any better than that.

Debbie Cauble says …

hard to choose just one - but since I must, I'll select Get Up, Stand Up!!! This collection is a great idea. Thanks, Putumayo.

HiTripper says …

I always like jammin to jammin, man

Amy says …

Stir It Up! :)

Laura says …

All his music is beautiful. Hard to chose just one. But I do love Satisfy My Soul & Redemption Song:)

Pat Heileman says …

So Much Things to Say, This song reminds me of the struggle and the plight that one has to go through in order to endure. When it rains, it doesn't rain on one man's housetop. We're all effected in some way or the other. Peace - Love - Marley!

Jersey Guy says …

"One Love" stands above all of the rest. JG.

Kristin Williams says …

No Woman No Cry is one of my favorites

Gene says …

So many great Bob Marley songs and that all have deep meaning, but my favorite is Exodus!

kbair says …

I like Redemption Song. It has some of the most inspiring lyrics, namely "none but ourselves can free our minds," and "how long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look"

MElinda says …

Could this be love

Robyn says …

There's no sound quite like that in Sun is Shining. What instrument is that? Great song.

rhmolden says …

Is This Love

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Derek Phillips says …

Buffalo Soldier is my absolute favorite song.

J Johnson says …

Kaya. Once, when I was particularly down and out, I heard it. I was listening to a late night NPR show and I immediately felt 'upful!' I smiled and was transported. I could totally see myself...on a beach...by the water...relaxed...with all my troubles growing dimmer until they were forgotten. The announcer never said the name of the song and I could not get in touch with the station or the DJ [it was a LONG time ago! :)]I became frantic to learn the name of the song and the album and how to get it! [This was the days before the internet and CDs and whatnot.] So, I spent the next year asking everyone I could. Calling around. Hunting through cassettes and LPs [yes it was that long ago] at music stores [new and used!]and pestering salespeople! Finally! I found a cassette. I still have it and still play it! Yeaaaa! ME!

dawn says …

buffalo soldier. at work we put on marley to relieve stress and feel like we're on vaca instead of in the office!!!

Tracy says …

"Three Little Birds" I wake up to the sound of pigeons, but I know there are many sweet bird calls that one can hear in the morning And the rhythm...

Mandy guidry says …

We love bob Marley!!!! My fiancé and I love one love!!! You can have a bad day get home and put on one of bob's CDs and all the badness fades away

Lanae says …

My fave Marley tune is "Three Little Birds". It will always remind me of my carefree college days in Santa Cruz, CA. It is such a happy song, and instantly puts me in a good mood.

fran says …

I am gonna pick "Sun is Shining" ♥ I love all his music..It will last forever ! Bob gave us so much great music to Love ~

Candace says …

Three Little Birds~ It makes me smile at the end of a long day.

Karuna says …

Always remember learning to play the Guitar to Redemption Song from Marley. Will always take me back to one of the best experiences in my life

Tiffany says …

I love and respect Bob's music so much and it's hard for me to pick just one as well, but one of my all time favorites is Natural Mystic. :)

Meghan Nesta says …

My favorite is "Three Little Birds" it's so chill, has such a great groove, and paints a picture of a beautiful warm morning.

Linda Lewis says …

No woman no cry, all time favorite!!!!

Lindsey Pressnall says …

One Love!

Gene Cullup says …

"Buffalo Soldiers" is one of my favorite songs. When I was watching the Antelope Island Roundup that was the song in my head.

Dora Moscoso says …

Wow, so many great songs to choose from, but if I have to choose one it would have to be “Satisy My Soul”. That song is so relaxing and puts me in such a great mood. It reminds me of laying in a hammock on a secluded beach with a tropical drink in my hand. Paradise!

Carolyn says …

My favorite is Three Little Birds.

Rachel says …

Gosh...so many! Three little birds

Rachael says …

no woman, no cry

Janis Phillips says …

Waiting in Vain The best and most under rated of his songs. Has been my theme song for most of my adult life.

ursula says …

"three little birds" is a special song in our house-it's one of the first songs my son sang (late speaker with speech issues due to a cleft palate) and it is also the song a dear friend who recently passed from breast cancer sang during her chemo treatments and she loved a video of my son singing the song.

Agnes says …

My fav song is "No woman no cry" Every winter we go back to Jamaica. Just love reggae music

joey chacon says …

Three little birds reminds me of why i Love my Wife and the summer nights we share together.

heather says …

Three Little Birds is my favourite song of all time. :)

Dusty says …

Could this be love always makes me super happy. Makes you wanna dance...smiles

caroline says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is "Sun is Shining". I love the lyrics about starting a new day and being there for someone. The beat, the lyrics, always make me smile and dance (like all Bob Marley songs)

Bossadude says …

It's very difficult to pick one track because I dig them all but if I had to right now I'd pick "Roots, Rock, Reggae" from "Rastman Vibration" because it expresses how strongly he feels about the music because he know it is through this music that he is allowed to do what was most important to him which was not being a rock star, but spreading his message of freedom and love throughout the world. "Play I on the R&B, I want all my people to see". Unfortunately this never happened in America, which is what he really wanted, knowing how important it was to help facilitate getting his message out. If hehad been able to, as big as his name is around the world right now, it would be second to none and his message and music would be even more revered around the world than it is now.

Wendy Prasad says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is "Three Little Birds".

Tricia Brown says …

My favorite bob Marley song is stir it up

Chris says …

Time will tell is one of the greatest songs ever. REDEMPTION SONG a true classic

Corrie says …

"One love"-- that is the philosophy that I live by.

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