AUDIO: Redemption by Bob Marley
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“Redemption Song” was released as a single in the UK and France in October 1980, and included a full band rendering of the song. This version has since been included as a bonus track on the 2001 reissue of Uprising, as well as on the 2001 compilation One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers. Although in live performances the full band was used for the song the solo recorded performance remains the take most familiar to listeners
The song urges listeners to “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,” because “None but ourselves can free our minds.” These lines were taken from a speech given by Marcus Garvey in at St. Phillip’s African Orthodox Church in Sydney, Nova Scotia, during October 1937 and published in his Black Man magazine.
In 2009, Jamaican poet and broadcaster Mutabaruka chose “Redemption Song” as the most influential recording in Jamaican music history.
In 2017 “Redemption Song” was featured in series 25 of BBC Radio 4’s Soul Music, a documentary series exploring famous pieces of music and their emotional appeal, with contributors including Marley’s art director Neville Garrick, Jamaican Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison, Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend, and Wailers guitarist Don Kinsey.
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