Monday 13 July, 2020

5 black liberation songs that stir the soul on Emancipation Day

The album cover for Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers' Grammy Award-winning One Bright Day album which included the hit song, 'Black My Story'.

The album cover for Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers' Grammy Award-winning One Bright Day album which included the hit song, 'Black My Story'.

Reggae artistes have, over the years, done a great job at reminding the world about the black struggle. As we reflect on the struggle our foreparents endured this Emancipation Day, Loop News has chosen five reggae songs that stir the soul at this time of the year. Here goes!

 

1. 'Slavery Days' - Burning Spear: "Do you Remember the Days of Slavery?" This song encapsulates the struggles we have been through and where we are now as a people.

2. 'Is It Because I’m Black': This Ken Boothe remake of the Syl Johnson classic keep resonating every time Emancipation Day comes around. "The dark brown shade of my skin. Is it because I’m black, why something is holding me back?"

3. 'Black My Story' - Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers: "Black my story. Not His-tory. African Glory. What we want to see is African Liberty". Enough said.

4. 'African' - Peter Tosh: "I don’t care where you come from, as long as you’re a black man, you are an African. No mind your nationality, you have got the identity of an African". Again, enough said.

5. 'Africa Unite' - Bob Marley: "Africa Unite! Cause we are moving right out of Babylon and we moving to our father’s land. How good and how pleasant it would be, before God and man, to see the unification of all Africans". Marley could not have said it better. If Africa unites, the world will be emancipated.

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