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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




Glass Bottles says ...
Could you imagine if Bob were still around making music! I can only imagine how incredible it would be by now!
07/16/2010 7:33:32 AM CDT
Jsands says ...
There's too many great songs to name but if I had to pick a favorite, I would have to say "Buffalo Soldier" would be it.
07/16/2010 9:22:10 AM CDT
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.
07/16/2010 2:38:25 PM 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
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
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
heather says ...
Three Little Birds is my favourite song of all time. :)
07/19/2010 2:06:48 PM CDT
Agnes says ...
My fav song is "No woman no cry" Every winter we go back to Jamaica. Just love reggae music
07/19/2010 2:07:49 PM CDT
joey chacon says ...
Three little birds reminds me of why i Love my Wife and the summer nights we share together.
07/19/2010 2:07:55 PM CDT
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.
07/19/2010 2:09:10 PM CDT
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.
07/19/2010 2:09:19 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
Gosh...so many! Three little birds
07/19/2010 2:09:44 PM CDT
Rachael says ...
no woman, no cry
07/19/2010 2:09:48 PM CDT
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!
07/19/2010 2:10:13 PM CDT
Carolyn says ...
My favorite is Three Little Birds.
07/19/2010 2:11:23 PM CDT
Lindsey Pressnall says ...
One Love!
07/19/2010 2:11:56 PM CDT
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.
07/19/2010 2:12:01 PM CDT
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.
07/19/2010 2:13:06 PM CDT
Linda Lewis says ...
No woman no cry, all time favorite!!!!
07/19/2010 2:13:23 PM CDT
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. :)
07/19/2010 2:13:48 PM CDT
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
07/19/2010 2:14:25 PM CDT
Candace says ...
Three Little Birds~ It makes me smile at the end of a long day.
07/19/2010 2:15:09 PM CDT
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 ~
07/19/2010 2:15:38 PM CDT
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.
07/19/2010 2:16:48 PM CDT
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
07/19/2010 2:19:36 PM CDT