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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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Betsy says …

putumayo CDs are great for kids and adults and what could be better than a Bob Marley Tribute ... Stir it up, no woman no cry, three little birds, waiting in vain, so hard to choose!

Stephanie McDonald says …

Wow there are so many. I love Bob Marley but if I had to chose a favorite it would be" Three Little Birds". It's always been my go-to lullaby when comforting my babies or rocking them to sleep. My two year old even sings it and it's the cutest thing in the world. Of course he calls the song "Don't Worry"

SebbieDue says …

No Woman to Cry

beth says …

I love "Three Little Birds."

phil greely says …

Three little birds!

Cathy Price says …

One love is my favorite song!

Kristen Fitzgerald says …

One Love! Love all his music....

shelly says …

One Love is my favorite Bob Marley tune.

Rosette Edwards says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is Three Little Birds, as well as my children's favorite

allison says …

our household fave is 3 little birds. my son listened to lots of reggae in utero, and i swear he has recognized some bob since birth, and since a year old has danced and clapped and laughed along with 3 little birds!!

Barefoot Liz says …

Three Little Birds

Ashley says …

My most favorite Bob Marley song of all time is "Redemption Song".

jen says …

"Stir it up" is my fave, but I'm not sure that's the right title, so I'll add that "Buffalo Soldier" is a close second.

Sarah says …

"Everything's Gonna Be Alright" is my absolute fav! There is nothing like Bob Marley in the kitchen with the windows open groovin' around while making dinner...it's the best!

Jana says …

Buffalo soldier! Hands down!!!:)

Vanessa says …

Three Little Birds is my favorite. They play it on Nick, Jr. now, too, so we get to hear it alot. My kids love it, too!

SarahR says …

"I Shot the Sheriff" Have a great day, all!

Natalie B says …

Stir It Up! My dad use to play it when I was a baby and I would dance(bounce) to it with him! I absolutley love that song!!!!

Natalie B says …

Oh Oh and Jah Live! Second favorite!

Blue Angel says …

a friend asked me over one sat am to "help" him mow the lawn. course that meant I sat on comfy lounge chair and he mowed the lawn. He put 4 large speakers out at the perimeters of his lawn, this surprised me. why. out came "Is this Love" by Bob Marley loud and clean.. and he proceeded to mow the lawn.. I got up and danced in the new cut grass. the sun was beaming down on me. Life was good, it was fantastic! if only for that moment that the world was so much full of love. the next song he played was by the Marshal Tucker band.. and then Santana and finished with a Bob Marley " I shot the sheriff" it was one of the best days of my life. music I had never heard. a chore that was fun and a friend I will remember always

LaKeitha Simmons says …

The hopeless romantic in me LOVES Is This Love.

Lisa says …

So many favorites, but currently it is Three Little Birds.

Autumn Shields says …

3 Little Birds!

Heather Odenweller says …

3 little birds - Exodus ...words to live by...'don't worry about a thing, cause everythin' gonna be alright'

Stan Wojcoski says …

gotta be Jamming

Layla says …

Best Bob Marley song ever- Redemption Song; best for the beach- Stir it Up!

Gina says …

Who can resist Three Little Birds?

Andrea B says …

Three Little Birds is my favorite. I sing it to my boys as a lullaby. :)

Mischelle says …

'Kinky Reggae' is hands down my favorite Bob Marley song!

Marina says …

Jammin is my favorite song of his. I love most of his music though!

Laura Gonzalez says …

Sun is Shining and so r U!!! Gottta LoV Bob Marley and he will Shine Forever!!

Tami says …

How to pick just one ... I could listen to No Woman, No Cry all day long.

Michael Anderson says …

No Woman, No Cry if I had to pick one, but there are so many.

Lyndsey says …

Three Little Birds always gets me going. Once I hear that I start moving and the volume gets turned up loud for all to hear from my car. Everyone needs to hear it at that point. lol

debbie trolsen says …

Love all of Marley - I'm old - found him thru my kids.

Julia Painter says …

"Is This Love" is my favorite Bob Marley song. There are several reasons for this, but it's mostly because the lyrics are such a hopeful proposal. Also it's the first track on "Legend" so hearing means I am about to listen to a lot more wonderful music.

Ashley says …

Sun is shining is my favorite song! I hula hoop to it daily! Check out my facebook fan page Fun is Hooping thanks! peace love unity respect

Murkland says …

one of my most favorite songs is "DUPPY CONQUEROR" i sing to the top and bottom of my soul when i listen to this song

Chris says …

Very difficult, there is a lot of more obscure stuff he recorded that was great over so many years. I will always take 'No Woman No Cry' as a classic, though. So many years of fabulous music.

Kimberlie says …

To decide on one is a tough one…but I would say “No woman no cry” because it seems to be the most played on the radio therefore it’s the one that pops into my head most often. But when I listen to a cd or the ipod I would choose differently.

Boda says …

Exodus! My favorite

Shauna says …

Three Little Birds ... GENIUS!

Tim says …

Burnin' and a Lootin' is my fav Bob Marley song.

Sarah T says …

No Woman No Cry, Stand Up, One Love, 3 Little Birds!

Pam Perry says …

Get Up, Stand Up - I love the revolutionary sentiment of this song...get up people! Stand up for what is right! We are not all blind! Thank you Bob for the legacy of your music.

Itan Okhiria says …

WOW!!! Just one song...................."Keep On Moving". I love them all. He was a great artist.

Wine Wench says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is "Redemption Song." It's so beautiful and touching. Such a perfect expression of faith in the face of adversity.

nastasia fletcher says …

three little birds

Nancy Giraldo Wills says …

"One Love" could there be any other!

Craftybeldam says …

Hard to choose.... three little birds/no woman no cry

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