Album review
Live In South Africa 2000
Burning Spear
October 12, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Old Marcus Garvey
  2. African Postman
  3. Calling Rastafari
  4. Jah No Dead
  5. Pick Up The Pieces
  6. Man In The Hills
  7. We Go Deh
  8. Jah Is My Driver/Slavery days
  9. Identity
  10. Red Gold And Green
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Reggae veteran Winston Rodney aka Burning Spear, without any doubt a living legend of reggae music, has been a major influence in reggae music since the time he recorded his debut single "Door Peep" for the legendary Coxsonne Dodd on a Sunday afternoon in 1969. The Spear recorded two superb albums for the Studio One label in the early seventies. It was the start of an impressive career in which he established himself as the voice of Garveyism in Jamaican music. Black culture and history, Garveyism and Rasta beliefs, and universal love have been headlines during his entire recording career. With more than 35 albums, a musical career of 35 years to date, thousands of concerts in all corners of the earth the French label I-Sound comes up with a registration of the concert he did in Johannesburg, South Africa on 16 December 2000. There's also a DVD covering the same concert and the legendary 1988 concert in Paris, but this audio cd offers some 70 minutes of The Legend Live and Direct in the Homeland. Here you will hear that the Spear's vocal delivery isn't what it's used to be. The choice of tunes is obvious, mostly seventies and early eighties work, the period in which the Spear delivered his most compelling works, both lyrically and musically. His strictly conscious and rootical lyrics still have a strong impact on his fans worldwide and that's why his concerts are always sold out.
Don't forget to check out the DVD review, including videoclip and pictures !

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