This month's history of Reggae series features Burning Spear. Listen Now!!!
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History of Reggae: Burning Spear

Burning Spear
Burning Spear made his recording debut in 1969 on Coxone Dodd’s ‘Supreme’ label with the song ‘Door Peep’. His themes of choice, from the outset, were the oppression of the Black race, Marcus Garvey – who also hailed from the Spear’s home parish of St. Ann, and repatriation to Africa. Never a mainstream artist, Winston Rodney – better known as Burning Spear, helped to pave the way for the roots style of Reggae which began to peak in the last part of the 1970s.’Marcus Garvey’ was Burning Spear’s first album, of several, he recorded with legendary producer Jack Ruby. A unified creation, not unlike the Wailer’s ‘Catch a Fire’ and ‘Burnin’, ‘Marcus Garvey’ was an obvious sign to the International Reggae fans that there was a lot more to Reggae music than Bob Marley alone. Winston Rodney appeared in the classic Jamaican movie ‘Rockers’ and his performance of ‘Jah No Dead’, while offering condolences to Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, is yet another Burning Spear classic. Still performing and recording into the 21st century, Burning Spear still delivers the goods. Listen Now

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