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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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Joanna says …

My favorite is Redemption Song. Love that one...and most of the others too!

Jessica Wells says …

Exodus is the best Marley song!

Denise Matos says …

"Trench town Rock" is my favorite Bob Marley song by far describing.

Jessica says …

Three Little Birds is the best Marley song ever!!!

Leanne says …

My Late Dad and I danced to "Three Little Birds" at my wedding. Although I agree with the other posts that it's hard to choose just one, I'd have to say that I think of my Dad whenever I hear Three Little Birds and all of the good times we had. Still miss him terribly though!

Hellene Delgado says …

"One Love.". I believe the underlying theme of the song incorporates a sense of being together as one person without bias to color, race, or anything else. Awesome song

Andrew says …

Stir It Up. I can't think of a song that better evokes the laid-back feel of Bob Marley. It's a track that will always make me smile, even in the worst of moods.

Andrea Tracy says …

One LOVE! <3

Amanda says …

My one year old son and I listen to Bob Marley every day together. My favorite songs change over time and my most favorite song right now is "Kaya"

Amy Siler says …

Chant Down Babylon...love him so relaxing!

Debbie Jones says …

No woman No cry is my favourite Bob Marley song. Though this question made me think as there are many more that could be classed as my "favourite!"

Beth Bryant says …

It's hard to pick a favorite Bob Marley song -- there are really so many favorites in his large repertoire. But if I HAVE to pick a favorite, I'd say it's "Redemption Song' -- that song always grabs me.

Lisa Perry says …

No Woman No Cry! Without a doubt. It is the most calming, chill song! I could never listen to it enough! Wish I could've seen him live back in the day! All of his music gives me positive vibrations!

Susan Zuckerman says …

Bob Marley would have been 65 in 2010 and I am 65 as OF 2010. My favorite Bob Marley song is his rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone".

Grandma Cheryl says …

Redemption Song! Check out Cash Back on itunes for a wonderful new version.

Linda says …

Three little birds! It's my ear worm!

Janie says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is "Could You Be Loved"!!! There are so many that I love but this is one of top picks!

Karin says …

Buffalo Soldier is my favorite but it's hard to exclude One Love and Iron Like a Lion in Zion. Amazing!!

DIO NIKIFOROS says …

"No woman, No cry" one of the few songs that never get old..

Tyrah says …

Is This Love <3

Michelle M. Kennedy says …

"Sun is Shining" is my favorite! Every time I hear this song it just make me feel warm and fuzzy all over!

sunny says …

I didn't know traditional nursery rhymes when my daughter was born so I sang her what I did know, Stephen and Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Tanya Stephens, the list goes on. Now my almost 4 year old sings her favorite tune "Buffalo Soldier" to anyone who will listen. My daughter is American and Bajan which makes reggae closer to her heart and reflective of our family's home.

Becca says …

"Buffalo Soldier" -- It references history, one of my favorite subjects! Plus it is just an overall amazing song; it just epitomizes why Marley is the voice of reggae.

Jennifer says …

Three Little Birds - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

Rhonda G. says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is Buffalo Soldier because it speaks about the African slaves brought here against their will that became the soldiers that fought for our country and probably did not receive the recognition that they deserved. My second favorite is Redemption Song-love the words, so meaningful. I've been a fan since the 70's and love all his music! Long live the visionary message of Bob Marley-one love, one people. Irie!!!

Pauline McNamee says …

My fav is 'Sun Is Shining' .. that song transports me back to back Jamaica when I hear it.

Jessica says …

Is This Love :)

Trenna Dudley says …

one love

Jen says …

Three Little Birds ... it's the song I've always used to lull my now 4-year-old to sleep.

Jennifer Gumble says …

Redemption Song!!!

Debbie Kirk says …

"Turn Your Lights Down Low" Too many good ones, but if I had to choose, I'll pick this LOVE song!

Thantali says …

It really depends on how I feel at the time, but I'm going to go with Three Little Birds in honour of a friend who passed on a short time ago. This song was played at his funeral.

Nicole B says …

Concrete Jungle..so true, so true...!

suzanna says …

Like most people here it's hard to pick just one but if I were looking for some upbeat music to clean house to it would probably be Lively Up Yourself!

Amanda Fleming says …

I would have to say my favorite Bob Marley song is "Get up, Stand up." Everytime I hear that song, it inspires me to help others who have forgotten how to help themselves.

maryKay says …

No woman No Cry :-)

Tania Lafave says …

My all time favorite Bob Marley song is "Don't Worry About a Thing" very timely for me and my boys as I am going through a divorce. It gives me hope, and that's so important during this time of heartache.

maddie says …

My favorite Bob Marley song would have to be "No Woman, No Cry" :-)

Glass Bottles says …

Could you imagine if Bob were still around making music! I can only imagine how incredible it would be by now!

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.

Mariad says …

Get up stand up... Enough said lol

Natalie says …

My fave is Redemption Song

deb keilen says …

"One good thing about music, when it hits you fell no pain So hit me with music, hit me with music" this is the opening line and chorus to trenchtown rock so true about the power of music and how it lifts you and takes you higher JAH LOVE PROTECT US!

Jen says …

I listened to Bob while I was pregnant because I heard it soothes the baby. Both my boys close their eyes and slowly bop along to his music whenever we listen to him! Love you, Bob!

DJK says …

Lick Samba!

DJK says …

Putumayo puts out da good songs, mang!

DJK says …

"Crazy Baldheads"

Kristin says …

Could You Be Loved and Get Up Stand Up

Wendy D Connelly says …

No Woman No Cry. Unbelievable song !I love Marley ! ! !

Rani MacNeal says …

Stir it up because it makes me happy every time I hear it.

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