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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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Lindali Andrade says …

I have so many favorite Bob Marley songs, but if I'm forced to choose just one then it would have to be "One Love". Maybe because I wish for LOVE all around the world. One Love for ALL, doesn't matter where you are from, what language you speak, what's the color of your skin, hair, eyes. If all leaders of the world would practice Love for ALL people and for this planet, I can guarantee this would be a much better world to live in. Lets practice ONE LOVE.

Mary Jackson says …

Three Little Birds...just love his music. Reminds me of my going out and dancing til dawn.

TJ Royer says …

My favorite Bob Marley song is Three Little Birds...it's such an uplifting song that touches my heart. It was hard to pick a favorite because he has so many wonderful songs and is sorely miss by us all.

Michele Meyerhoff says …

Pimper's Paradise is my fave! I love the melody and Bob Marley's voice, but my favorite thing is the title itself--so unexpected. Very Snoop Dogg.

Shari Nightingale says …

I had the pleasure of singing in a reggae band for 10 years. The band was called Reggae Plus. We focused primarily on reggae and the "plus" was music from all over the world, including Latin and Soca/Calypso, to name a few. Bob Marley is, by far, the father of Reggae and will never be forgotten. My favorite Bob Marley song is: Equal Rights & Justice. I love it because it's about peace in the world, and who wouldn't want that??? One Love!

Melissa says …

Three Little Birds.

Zoya Fansler says …

My favorite is "Three Little Birds". Bob Marley's music was the frequent backdrop to a fantastic tour of New Zealand, so I think of that wonderful trip when I hear his music.

Lisa Woods says …

Great contest! My fave Bob song is "Natural Mystic"!

tonya perry says …

One Love....always been my favorite. I like all of his music but One Love just makes me smile.

Trish says …

"Who the cap fit" is my ultimate favorite song! It's hard to pick just one, but that song is the best. My little family (husband and daughter) listen to this song while preparing dinner and it makes for a great start to the unwinding in the evening...

jen c says …

Three Little Birds! It's so relaxing :)

Miki says …

Three Little Birds

Mary Capps says …

Got to go with "Jamming"!

Vicki Folkerts says …

The family favorite is One Love.

Jessica N. says …

There are soooo many that I love, but I would have to say No Woman, No Cry. I can't help but smile anytime Bob comes on. I listened to him my entire pregnancy with both children, my son new words to songs at two years old, it was like they were already there. My daughter won't sleep without it on her cd player and she is only 2 :)

Jill says …

<3 this time of year where reggae is dead on for summer sounds!

Christina Lemal says …

3 Little Birds...how can you not feel better after listening to it?

Krista H says …

no woman, no cry love it, love him! great music.

Pat Booker says …

Bob helps me get on the treadmill every day... Love "Jamming" and "Buffalo Soldier" and...

Vania says …

So hard to choose... No woman no cry!

hellen says …

I love Bob Marley! I grew up listening to it.... My e-mail is hellenmarley.... so that says it all. HAHA I have people ask me all the time is your last name Marley? LOL no Is This Love- He is declaring his love and it's th ebest song out there and romantic. I wanna love you and treat you right; I wanna love you every day and every night.... BOB MARLEY ROCKS! JAH

Rose Holloway says …

So many great songs but my fav would be " Waiting in Vain "

Nadine Lopez says …

I have SOOO many favorite bob marley songs but here are my top three! 1. ONE LOVE - I think it describes our relationship with the earth surrounding us. 2. GET UP STAND UP - Its about not giving up our fight for our individual freedom! SO INSPRIATIONAL! 3. WAITING IN VAIN - Beautiful song about love and how it can hurt to keep us waitttingg in vaaiin. -NADINE

Erica says …

Redemption Song

Stephanie says …

Three Little Birds very relaxing and eases me into my day

Chase Coffield says …

As much as I love "No Woman, No Cry" the only song better than that is "Iron, Lion, Zion!" I just feel so empowered when I hear that back beat and then the chorus kick in. I always listen to that on my way to work!

Teri Rae says …

Misty Morning, it is such beautiful longing and hearbreak. I love Putumayo! Such a great way to bring world music to the masses. ♥

Erik Stewart says …

One Love

Russ says …

no woman no cry favorite Bob Marley song.

Chelsea Koenig says …

I love 'wait in vain' but I'd have to say 'one love' because that was the song that played at our wedding right as we kissed and walked back down the aisle!!

RozJ says …

"Could you be loved", Marley has an over abundance of music that appeals to many populations. That's why his spirit lives on!!!

Rikki says …

One Love definitely!!

Sharon vI. says …

So many, but Satisfy My Soul is definitely one of my faves.

Stacey G says …

One Love... That one has always been my favorite!

Kimberly says …

Three little birds! <3

Alicia says …

Three Little Birds!!!

Lori McCutchen says …

"One Love" is my fav because love transcends language, status, distance, and time and then we will be alright. :)

Patricia says …

Marley is my Sunday morning music....he sets the vibe for my day....

Michelle Gonzalez says …

ONE LOVE!

Sandra says …

Could You be Loved is my favorite Bob Marley song.

Susan Lacis says …

We love "One Love" the girls sing it in school and they also change the chorus to say "One Line, let's get together and be alright!" We recently took our 3 and 4 year olds to see Ziggy Marley. They know that Bob was Ziggy's Dad. Cute. I'll look for Putumayo. Sounds wonderful!!

Samantha Rush says …

3 little birds is our favorite! We sing that one to our daughter Marlee every night. Roots Rock Reggae, listen reggae music :-))))))) No other music today sends such powerful messages.

SMitchell says …

Turn your lights down low. It's such a sexy song.

Heather Tierney says …

There are soooo many great ones, but One Love always makes me feel better when I am feeling down.I also like Where is My Mother (it's really old, previously unreleased).

Sylvia Driscoll says …

my favorite is "No Woman No Cry"

Dinah Hall says …

Fussing and Fighting

Toni Spott says …

I have serius radio and keep it on the Reggae station at all times and I have a choice of thousands. Bob Marley was one of the greatest ambassadors of love and acceptance.

Marisa Narog says …

Right now my favorite is "Stir It Up". My one-year-old loves to sway and dance to this wonderful song! We enjoy listening to Bob Marley together, my little guy just loves his music. I must admit seeing him dance and sway in such a relaxed and adorable way fills my heart.

Jessica Weiss says …

Definitely Zimbabwe! It has such a great message about an individual's power to decide and what is possible if people join together for a common cause. It has such a great beat (as always) and it just gets me every time.

Alice Eubanks says …

There is a fast version of Buffalo Soldier that I love! Such a great jam, it always gets everyone moving and happy! Hard to pick a favorite but that one gets me every time.

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