bob marley of africa

Reggae music has had a long and rich relationship with the African continent. Rastafari teaches that Africa, specifically Ethiopia, is the Zion of Scriptures.

Reggae has been criticized for a somewhat idealistic view of Africa, but what critics often fail to appreciate is the depth of political interest reggae artists, both Rastafarian and not, had in African politics. Reggae musicians were at the forefront of criticism of Apartheid and the colonial repression and wars in Rhodesia, Mozambique, Namibia, and Angola. This explains, in part, how much the music has been embraced on the continent, with Africa producing some of the genre’s finest singers, many of whom are also included on this mix.

This mix is divided into the themes of Africa as a motherland, African identity, repatriation, African sufferation, freedom and revolution in Africa, the pride and beauty of Africa, and, finally, the Uniting of Africa.

Tracklisting:
1) Rocky Dawuni - African Reggae Fever
2) Bushman and Buju Banton - Mama Africa
3) Peter Tosh - Mama Africa
4) Sugar Black - Mama Africa
5) Anthony B - Oh Mama Africa
6) Beres Hammond - Motherland
7) Gyptian - Mama Africa
8) General Gbekai - Mama Africa
9) Takana Zion and Sizzla - Mama Africa
10) Buju Banton, Anthony B, and Garnett Silk - Mama Africa
11) Garnett Silk - Mama Africa
12) Johnny Clarke - African Roots
13) Clint Eastwood - African Roots
14) Alton Ellis - African Descendents
15) Peter Tosh - African
16) Culture - Humble African
17) The Abyssinians - African Race
18) Linval Thompson - Natty African
19) Heptones - African Child
20) Aswad - African Children
21) Prince Far I - Black Man Land
22) Lone Ranger - Step It Inna Africa
23) U Roy - Jah Son of Africa
24) Prince Alla - Last Train to Africa
25) Gaylads - Africa We Want to Go
26) Dennis Brown - Africa We Want to Go
27) Earl 16 - Going to Africa
28) Buju Banton - Til I’m Laid to Rest
29) Freddie McGregor - Africa Here I Come
30) Capleton and Uplifter - Africa Bound
31) Morgan Hertiage - Africa Here We Come
32) Johnny Osbourne - Mama Africa
33) Luciano and General Pecos - Back to Africa
34) Linval Thompson - Africa We Want to Go
35) Alton Ellis - Back to Africa
36) Junior Kelly - Africa Bound
37) Horace Andy - Africa
38) Dennis Brown - Promised Land
39) Dennis Brown, Damian Marley, and Nas - Land of Promise
40) Junior Byles - A Place Called Africa
41) Sugar Minott - Africa is the Black Man’s Home
42) Richie Spice - Motherland Calling
43) Sizzla - Africa Prepare
44) Tarrus Riley - Africa Awaits
45) Aswad - Back to Africa
46) Tenor Saw - African Children
47) Burning Spear - African
48) Steel Pulse feat. Tiken Jah Fakoly - African Holocaust
49) Johnny Diamond - African Song
50) Burning Spear - Cry Blood Africans
51) Bob Marley and the Wailers - War
52) Pentateuch - Struggles of Africa
53) Jimmy Cliff - War A Africa
54) Alpha Blondy - Bloodshed in Africa
55) Tiken Jah Fakoly - Africa Want to Be Free
56) I Roy - African Continent
57) Rupert Reid - Africa Shall Be Free
58) Hugh Mundell - Africa Must Be Free by 1983
59) Horace Any - African Liberation
60) Twinkle Brothers - Free Africa
61) Mighty Diamonds - Free Africa
62) Yabby You - Free Africa
63) Warrior King - Africa Shall Be Free
64) Queen Ifrica - Calling Africa
65) Jay Boys - African People
66) Half Pint - Freedom Fighter
67) King Kong - Moving on the African Border
68) Tiken Jah Fakoly - African Révolution
69) Natural Black - Beautiful Place
70) Stephen Marley and the Cast of Fela - Made in Africa
71) Buju Banton - African Pride
72) Ismael Isaac - Children of Africa
73) Ranking Joe - Africa
74) Tony Rebel - Africa
75) Earl Zero - African People
76) Nasio Fontaine - Africa We Love
77) Mykal Rose - Oh Africa
78) Desmond Dekker and the Aces - Pretty Africa
79) Gregory Isaacs - Beautiful Africa
80) Nasio Fontaine - African Spirit
81) Damian Marley and K'NAAN - Africa Must Wake Up
82) Black Uhuru - World is Africa
83) Lucky Dube - Together As One
84) Askia Modibo - La Paix En Afrique
85) Majek Fashek - African Unity
86) Bob Marley and the Wailers - Africa Unite

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“Babylon is everywhere. You have wrong and you have right. Wrong is what we call Babylon, wrong things. That is what Babylon is to me. I could have born in England, I could have born in America, it make no difference where me born, because there is Babylon everywhere.” ― Bob Marley

Photographer: Jean-Pierre Leloir