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
High quality photograph of Bob Marley smoking a
spliff in 1973. Later to be used as a alternative cover for his debut album called “Catch a’ Fire” for Island Records. The album would gain international fame and praises from reggae fans and critics.
“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