Emperor Haile Selassie May 25 of every year in Africa is Africa Day. The day is set aside by the African Union (AU) to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Throughout this week, which is also termed #AfricaWeek, Face2Face Africa will be sharing some iconic speeches by the founding fathers of […]
A particularly in-depth interview with reggae legend Bob Marley, conducted by journalist W.C. Welch, in Oakland, California, on 11/30/79, likely before Marley’s concert at Oakland Auditorium that evening. Many of the themes addressed in Marley’s 1979 album, Survival, widely considered his most politically militant and pan-Africanist in nature, find further exploration in this discussion.
by Lucy McKeon David McFadden/AP Images A mural of Leonard Howell in Tredegar Park, near where the first Rastafari community was formed in the 1930s, Spanish Town, Jamaica, January 4, 2014 In the postcard view of Jamaica, Bob Marley casts a long shadow. Though he’s been dead for thirty-five years, the legendary reggae musician is easily […]
Africa, both as a place and a concept, has inspired some of the best works from musicians in the diaspora. For many, creating songs that highlight the continent is a way of fostering a connection with their African heritage. While some songs address Africa as a singular unit, they manage to steer away from the “Africa is a […]
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“Yeah me see myself as a revolutionary … Imma take no bribe from no one and fight it single handed with music” -Robert ‘Nesta ‘ Marley
Jamaican legend Bob Marley. | Photo: Reuters It is still uncertain whether the restored tapes will be available for sale. Thirteen reel-to-reel analog master tapes of reggae superstar, Bob Marley, found in the damp basement of a modest hotel in Kensal Rise — long since closed down — where he and the Wailers used to […]
The Watts Prophets poets and World’s longest performing “Rap” group from Watts, Los Angeles, California, were the first Rap artist to publish the common law trademark word “Rappin™” on an album, establishing the global title of the new American art form called “Rap”. Anthony ‘Amde’ Hamilton, a true Father of Rap music was taught […]