Monday, October 25, 2021

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Still a Legend Legend reigns supreme

. Legend: The Best of Bob Marley And The Wailers is the best-selling reggae album for the second year running in the United States, according to Billboard Magazine. It topped the publication's 25 Best-Selling Reggae Albums of 2021.
Legend was initially released on vinyl in May 1984 by Island Records. It is a greatest-hits collection and one of the best-selling catalogue albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold globally. That tally includes 12 million copies sold in the United States and over 3.3 million in the United Kingdom. Legend is also on five other Billboard year-end charts. It is number 16 on Vinyl Albums, number 17 on Top Album Sales, number 32 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, number six on Catalog Albums, and number six on R&B Albums tables. In 2003, the album was ranked number 46 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As of November 30, Legend has spent 706 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart—the second-longest run in that chart's history. As of November 30, it has spent 1,005 weeks in the Top 100 of the UK Albums Chart—the third-longest run in that chart's history. Legend is one of four titles by Marley and The Wailers to make the Billboard's year-end chart. Exodus, a 1977 set which has been certified gold and platinum in the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France is number 16, while Gold, a 2005 release by Island Records, is number nine. Most of the chart's entries comprise older titles with a few albums from 2020 and 2021. Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection, a 2008 release by Geffen is number two. It was earlier this year certified silver for sales of 60,000 in the United Kingdom. World on Fire, a 2019 set by Stick Figure is number three, while Sean Paul's Dutty Classics Collection, released by Rhino Entertainment in 2008, is number four. This greatest hits collection was recently certified gold in the United Kingdom.

Tiger's benefit went well

HReggae singer Anthony Malvo is reporting that the benefit c
oncert held last Sunday to offset the medical bills of ailing deejay Tiger was fairly successful. “The concert went well. A lot of people turned up. It was a free event, but people donated on spot. The artistes turned out and people had a good time. The whole thing [about] helping Tiger was the highlight for me. It was a nice Sunday vibe. A lot of people called me and said they like what they're seeing,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Malvo was however tight-lipped about the amount raised. He is nevertheless still encouraging fans and other well-wishers to donate. “We're still trying to get people to donate. Still donate to Tiger to help them out as much as possible,” he said. The event was held at Premier Restaurant & Lounge, Lithonia, Atlanta, Georgia. It featured Delly Ranx, Pressure Busspipe, Rasfrazier, Little Pinchers, and Dajah. Tiger, given name Norman Jackson, recently suffered a minor stroke. He has been battling a number of health complications since being involved in a near-fatal car accident in 1993. The family is seeking to raise US$8,000. According to his daughter Rhia Jackson, who is also a dancehall artiste, the stroke which is his second in recent years, has affected the left side of the deejay's body and seriously affects his mobility.

Rihanna honour reignites local conversation But not all in favour of making Marley a national hero

The Barbados government announced on Monday, at an event welcoming its new status as a republic, that pop star and business mogul Rihanna is now the island’s 11th national hero. Even as congratulations have been flowing across social and traditional media, the conversation about Bob Marley being made a national hero by Jamaica has resurfaced. “I didn’t realise that there was so much momentum behind this conversation about Bob Marley being made a hero, but I am not surprised,” said Jackie Knight, who was commissioned by the Marley family, from before 2005, as a public relations consultant on a project for the reggae icon to be made a national hero.
Formal letters were written on behalf of the Marley family by Knight to the then governor general of Jamaica, as well as the Ministries of Tourism and Culture, asking them to consider conferring national hero status on Marley. There was a proposal for a national holiday on the reggae king’s birthday on February 6, similar to Martin Luther King’s birthday in the United States, and also for the month of February to become a celebrated month, dubbed Reggae Month. A press release from Heartbeat Records, dated February 4, 2005, stated in part: “Jamaica’s Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has stopped short of saying whether reggae’s legend Robert Nesta Marley, who would have been 60 on Sunday, will be awarded the status of a national hero. The call for the conferring of the status on Marley has been made by his foundation, which has been celebrating the icon’s birthday in a major way in Ethiopia this week. He credited Bob Marley for being the first Jamaican artiste to achieve international superstardom and ‘whose message of peace and love, in the face of formidable social and political challenges of the African people and their descendants, continues to have resonance in our hearts and minds’.”MEDIA FRENZY Knight recalled that after the project was officially launched, there was a frenzy of media coverage from around the world. Headlines Delivered to Your Inbox Sign up for The Gleaner’s morning and evening newsletters. “However, the conversation in Jamaica developed into all kinds of debates, and the Marley family got discouraged and said they didn’t want the legacy of their father to be embroiled in all kinds of debate. Ethiopia reached out to Mrs Marley and offered to rebury his remains in that country,” she said. Marley considered Ethiopia his spiritual home. However, while Knight is gungho at any suggestion of Marley being made a national hero, renowned psychologist Dr Leahcim Semaj, who delivered a Bob Marley Lecture at The University of the West Indies titled ‘Should Bob Marley be Made a National Hero’ during that period, is against it. “My answer then was an emphatic ‘No’,” Semaj told The Gleaner. “Look at how our first national hero, Marcus Garvey, is treated. He has an extensive body of literature that is not taken seriously. We trot it out on birthdays and anniversaries, and that’s it. So, if Marcus Garvey, with the most documentation, is not taught in schools, and his policies and principles are not implemented, then what would happen with Bob Marley?” Semaj quizzed. He stated that it would be nothing more than “an act of exploitation,” based on the Marcus Garvey blueprint. He also noted that Marley’s music is already being used in advertisements for the country’s tourism sector. Semaj added that conferring national hero status on the music legend would be a demotion. “Bob Marley is an international icon, and making him a national hero would be trying to tie him down,” he contended. Strolling down memory lane, the founder of Above or Beyond said he could recall a time when Bob Marley didn’t find favour in Jamaica. “Marley was banned from the premises of a particular radio station. His music was also banned. When one station had three of his songs in its Top 10, that station, whose name I will not call, didn’t have any. I have lived through this, and I don’t forget it. My views have not changed since I gave that lecture. Conferring national hero status on Marley would be an exploitation and a demotion,” Semaj said.