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History: Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey

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12th December 2017, this day in history: on this date in 1975, exalted Jamaican reggae band Burning Spear released the greatest and most acclaimed album of its existence, the essential Marcus Garvey. Named after the famed Rastafarian prophet and Jamaican hero, this, the band’s third album, is often regarded as one of the most important and essential reggae albums of all time. Not long after the album’s release and the success and accolades it gained, an all dub version entitled “Garvey’s Ghost” was released which furthered the stature and the significance of this essential album by giving it the classic instrumental, drum and bass-heavy treatment prevalent in dub, the reggae music sub-genre. Containing Burning Spear classics like “Slavery Days” and “Red, Gold & Green,” this has often been cited as one of the most vital and indispensable reggae albums ever.

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Article by Gabe Echazabal

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