Tribute to a Reggae Legend (Putumayo PUT 303-2, 2010)
Putumayo has released Tribute to a Reggae Legend as a tribute to Bob Marley, the reggae legend that would have been 65 in 2010. Tribute to a Reggae Legend includes some of Marley’s most famous songs performed by musicians from various parts of the world. Five of those pieces are exclusive, original tracks recorded for this project.
The best cuts in the album are the Afropop and soul-laced ‘Could You Be Loved’ by Caracol (Canada), the silky Brazilian version of ‘Concrete Jungle’ by Céu (Brazil), ‘Sun Is Shining’ which shows African reggae at its best by Rocky Dawuni (Ghana), Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars make a persuasive version of ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘One Love’ is reconfigured into a bluesy piece by the street musicians of Playing for Change (USA) and Hawaii’s Three Plus recreate ‘Is This Love’ into a laid back song.
Other artists featured include Robi Kahakalau (Hawaii), Rebelution (USA), Freshlyground (South Africa), Northern Lights feat. Jonathan Edwards (USA), Julie Crochetière (Canada) and Funkadesi (USA/India).
Tribute to a Reggae Legend is a fascinating global journey that celebrates the best songs of Bob Marley.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.