Bob Marley was a darling to many across Africa, and the icon visited the continent a few times. His music is loved by many Africans for its powerful messages touching on relevant issues such as African unity, Pan-Africanism, struggle for survival, fight against oppression, protest, systemic corruption, discrimination, love, harmony, peace, and redemptions, among other themes.
A fervent and unapologetic Pan-Africanist, Marley strongly believed in African unity and his beliefs on Pan-Africanism were rooted in his Rastafari religious beliefs.
Bob’s music and message is culturally, spiritually and socially focused, and remains an inspiration to many. Here’s our selection of Tuff Gong’s most powerful and inspirational songs loved across Africa.
1: Africa Unite
2. Zimbabwe From the album Survival, released in 1979. It was performed at the first Zimbabwean Independence Day concert in April, 1980.
3. Get Up, Stand Up: Bob Marley & the Wailers. The song is about taking action to fight oppression. Bob Marley wrote it together with Peter Tosh. It originally appeared on The Wailers’ 1973 album Burnin’.
4. One Drop A 1979 Bob Marley song from the album Survival (1979). The song uses Marley’s most militantly Rastafarian lyrics.
5. Ride Natty Ride
6. Top Rankin. The song was written by Bob Marley. Off the album Survival, the eleventh studio album by Bob Marley & The Wailers released in 1979.
7. One Love/People Get Ready Bob Marley & The Wailers from their 1977 album Exodus.