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Dennis Jones is a Jamaican-born international economist, who has lived most of the time in the UK and USA, and latterly in Guinea, west Africa. He moved back to the Caribbean in 2007. This blog contains his observations on life on this small eastern Caribbean island, as well as views on life and issues on a broader landscape, especially the Caribbean and Africa.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

One Love: A birthday not to forget

A great tribute to Bob Marley is on his official website. Pity that today I cannot be in Jamaica to celebrate this event, But let's remember that his life was cut so short--like so many great musicians.

Another legend who rose from that all-too-familiar root structure of white father, who was a plantation overseer (Norval Sinclair Marley) ,and young black girl (Cedella Booker). Reputedly, the father provided financial support but was rarely present, often travelling. Somethings don't ever change.

Those of us who like Bob Marley's music have our favourite songs, so I won't go into a debate about which one is best. I love so many it would be a challenge to myself anyway.

Fitting that after "Super Tuesday", Marley's birthday falls and his lyrics could surround many of the political events that are occurring in the USA. High voter turnout for the Primaries, especially amongst the black electorate, shows that people are heeding the need to "Get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights."

1 comment:

ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

Aluta Continua !! Mi seh WAR !!Nuff respect Buffalo Soldier cand Happy Birthday!!