Bob Marley

"Slogans" (Island/Tuff Gong/UMe)

Bob Marley's never-before-released song "Slogans" bolsters the late legend's image as an insightful, dreadlocked prophet who died too young. Composed in a Miami bedroom in 1979, the skeletal track has been overdubbed with slinky guitar by Eric Clapton and wailing background vocals by sons Stephen and Ziggy. The powerful video underscores the song's enduring significance. Marley asks for "No more sweet talk from the hypocrites," while images of bloated bodies in New Orleans floodwaters are juxtaposed with civil rights footage. "The sufferation of the refugees./Oh, when will we be free?" Marley croons. A question as timely then as it is today.

 
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