Saturday, December 12, 2015

40 Year Itch : Do You Remember the Days of Slavery?

Burning Spear : Slavery Days

    Don't let the trancelike, easy skanking rhythms and bright horns distract you from the powerful lyrics of Winston Rodney ( aka Burning Spear) who appealed to Black Pride by updating the "Back to Africa" messages of Marcus Garvey. On a future album he would castigate an Italian hero with the line "Christopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar". On this one he asks us all "Do you remember the days of slavery?" Rodney, now 70,  remains the consciousness of roots reggae music.

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