Wednesday, December 15, 2010

marcus garvey

Winston Rodney and his Black Disciples took their Rastafari message of African redemption to the people. Originally produced by Lawrence Lindo (aka Jack Ruby), it became a huge success in Jamaica, which led to a contract with Island Records; but, when it came time to release it abroad, the album was remixed to make it more palatable to white audiences. It worked; and Marcus Garvey became an international success. A deeply spiritual and incisive political record, it is one of the great reggae albums.

Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican activist who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association to unite all people of African ancestry, create a mass movement to reclaim and redeem the African continent, and develop programs to improve the conditions of African diaspora all over the world. He is considered a prophet by Rastafarians and has been named a National Hero of Jamaica.

"Marcus Garvey"
"Marcus Garvey's words come to pass...
Weeping and wailing and moaning,
you've got yourself to blame, I tell you.
Do right do right do right do right do right,"

"Slavery Days"
"Do you remember the days of slav'ry?"

"The Invasion"
"Where is your love, Jamaica?"

"Old Marcus Garvey"
"No one remember old Marcus Garvey"

Marcus Garvey
full album:

All tracks written by Winston Rodney and Phillip Fullwood except as indicated.

"Marcus Garvey" — 3:27
"Slavery Days" — 3:34
"The Invasion" (W. Rodney, C. Paisley, P. Fullwood) — 3:22
"Live Good" (Marcus Rodney, Mackba Rodney, Winston Rodney) — 3:14
"Give Me" (W. Rodney) — 3:11
"Old Marcus Garvey" — 4:03
"Tradition" (D. Hines, R. Willington, W. Rodney) — 3:30
"Jordan River" (W. Rodney, M. Lawrence, P. Fullwood) — 3:00
"Red, Gold & Green" (A. Folkes, W. Rodney, P. Fullwood) — 3:14
"Resting Place" (W. Rodney) — 3:10

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