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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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SigiFerguson says …

My fave is Exodus... and I can't really explain why...

Andrea Stilwell says …

"Is this Love" - my fave followed very closely by "Waiting in Vain".

Maria says …

3 Little Birds. "Don't worry 'bout a thing".....great music to start your day on a positive note!

Gina Chavez says …

Redemption Song takes me back to backyard songwriter jams in Austin. "none but ouselves can free our minds"

Natalie says …

Oh, it's Mello Mood, played late at night after ravishing a Whole Foods recipe and much wine with friends. Thank you, thank you Putumayo!

Tameeka Norton says …

I have been listening to Marley since I was in my mother's womb! Whenever I've felt down or stressed, Bob Marley's songs have always been able to pick me up. My favorites change from time to time but right now it is between "Satisfy My Soul" and "Is This Love". Both songs have an uncanny ability to transport me to a hammock with coconut water in my hand!

Mark Martinez says …

One Love and Buffalo Soldier when our son was born it helped put him to sleep!

Eric Abrahamson says …

No Woman, No Cry

Bill B. says …

"Redemption Song" The last song on his last album recorded while he was still alive. We traveled to Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay the year he died and the whole Sunsplash event was a tribute to Bob Marley. At sunrise Rita Marley and Stevie Wonder(surprise guest)sang this song together.

jsaint says …

Can't pick a fav...Love just about ALL! When his music starts playing, my body just starts moving. I can't stop it! His music touches my soul.... Still love you, Marley, mon!

Tuval says …

Guava Jelly

Linda says …

Without a doubt, No Woman, No Cry. That song takes me back to the islands every time!

Carol M. says …

There are so many Marley songs I love but the one that sums up his music for me is Redemption Song. In Marley's own words, "All I ever have, ever have,ever have, this song of freedom, redemption song".

Christina says …

I have so many favorite Marley songs. I adore Could you be Loved, and Redemption Song for its poignant lyrics. Punky Reggae Party is the best song for dancing, and my children like Three Little Birds. My oldest daughter was named after the song Kaya, which means enlightenment.

Linda Mary says …

Definitely REDEMPTION SONG although there are many greats God Bless Us Every One

Diana says …

I like the putomayo kids playgrond, and a couple songs i got from a cd sample in 2005 i think.

Josh says …

I have so many favorite songs that carry a wide range of emotions and feeling... However, Three Little Birds is my official favorite. Besides the uplifting theme that "Every little thing's gonna be alright," I absolutely melted hearing my soon-to-be 2 year old daughter trying her best to sing along last month. Long live the spirit and music of Robert Nesta!

Jennifer Moreno says …

"Three Little Birds" is a favorite in our house. My 3-year old daughter asks for me to sing it to her every night at bedtime. :) "Don't worry 'bout a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be all right..." is just what she needs to hear before going to sleep. Thank you, Bob, for your gift of music.

maya says …

congo to cuba!!!!

Jessica P says …

Three little birds---it's like my three little kids "chirping" in my ear all the time!

Mo Callaghan says …

"No Woman, No Cry." I heard a singer in "L" train platform singing the most soulful version of this I had every heard. Towards the end of the song, he riffed on the lyrics and was clearly singing from a painful experience. I was having a rough time in my life and started to cry. I put some money in his guitar case and noticed his name looked South African and I too, am South African.

Janine says …

My favorite is a short little song called Dreamland...back from the very early days!!! Love it.

linda says …

MY FAVORITE BOB MARLEY SONG IS "Could You Be Loved" No explanation is possible. Great beat, music, love.

danielle says …

No Woman, No Cry and Stir It Up!!

Sylvia says …

My favorite is No woman, No cry

KJ Toombs says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is No Woman, No Cry

Lisa Southworth says …

It's hard to pick one but my favorite Bob Marley song today is NO WOMAN NO CRY. I love the lyrics and the melody is inspirational...one of my favs to run to :)

Peter says …

"One love" is my favorite.

stephanie says …

i love all of bob marley's music and i have a few faves. my theme song though, is three little birds. that song has gotten me thru every challenge i've come up against. any time i need a pick me up, it's my go-to song. of course any bob marley song puts a smile in my heart :)

ginrum44 says …

Sun is Shining is y favorite Bob Marley song. It's true raw real reggae and its from his earliest years which I think were his best

Chantel Whetsell says …

Three Little Birds....No matter how bad it gets, this song always brightens my day and puts a smile on my face.

Pam C. says …

My favorite song: "Stir it up!"

Bonnie Davis says …

Natural Mystic!

Kiersten says …

My favorite is Buffalo Soldier!

Brittany Slaughter says …

"Don't worry...'bout a thing...every little thing, gonna be alright." Bob Marley's music was truly a genre of his own. His message was clear and everyone is still listening.

Sherri Jordan says …

It is hard to single out a favorite, I love his music so much. I listen to "Easy Skankin" the most, because it makes me so happy & inspires me to exercise! Right now, that means hula hooping & it is a great match for me to dance & hoop to! I have never met a Putamayo release I didn't love. I own so many of them!

Sherri says …

I never met a putamayo release I didn't love & I can't think of a Bob Marley song I don't love! My current listening favorite is "Easy Skankin"! It is inspiring to dance & hula hoop exercise to! Other fave would have to be "Kaya"

Atiya Rasheed says …

Well, what is my favourite Bob song??? That's difficult, but I'll choose one of the two I have quoted on my facebook page: Get Up, Stand Up. Being a West Indian & having lived in different parts of the Caribbean including Jamaica, I have to say that I can not separate his music, indeed Reggae itself from my childhood. If you know the true story of Reggae (roots) & it's origins, you know that Bob's music & Reggae came out of a hard time for the people. And people are still fighting the good fight, so Stand Up For Your Rights it is. And you know,Three Little Birds, Is This Love... :)~

Alan Honadle says …

Mr. Brown It is virtually impossible to narrow down Bob's catalog to just one favorite. But Mr. Brown is such a cool, original song that I just put my mind at ease and up it came! - "Mr. Brown is a clown who rides through town in a coffin." Love it! Long live the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley!!

Diane Compton says …

Three Little Birds "every little thing gonna be alright"

ronnie says …

i did not become a fan of bob marley until july 3 2010. i am proud to say. better late thn never, right? speech of arrested developement (my fav) sang REDEMPTION at essence music festival 2010 in NOLA. the message was so powerful i cuddnt get enuf of mr marley. i am now officialy a fan. and REDEMPTION is my fav song, because it my first ah ha moment with the extent of bob marleys message and talent. thx for lettin me share.

Sarah L says …

"Three Little Birds" always does it for me.

Diane Compton says …

Three Little Birds! 'Every little thing gonna be alright!'

Candace says …

Three little birds, I play it just about every morning for my music class. We are also big Putumayo fans.

Esther says …

I love "Talkin Blues" :) I'm not sure the original meaning but for me it's a song about not feeling sorry for yourself even if you're living in a crazy world.

Zenimue says …

My favorite would have to be Soul rebel but natural mystic is a close 2nd. Each time I hear Nesta's music I think of my God father who recently died. He'd bump Marley during our summer BBQ'z, or as we'd watch the sunset whenever he was in a good mood which was almost always. He knew all the words to every song. Wish they both were still around they are probably jammin in da hereafter!

Irene says …

I was sitting in a coffee shop in Amsterdam when I heard my first Bob Marley song.....Is This Love. Whenever I think of happy, carefree, fun times of my youth.....I think about this song.

Toni says …

It is so very hard to pick, but I like his romantic side, "Stir It Up" is a favorite.

Karen Kipp says …

One Love! Always great to hear!

Aaron says …

It's very difficult to choose just one song as a favorite, and it also depends on the mood of the moment. For this time I'll go with "Johnny Was" cause that's what's playing right now.

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