Reggae Legacies tracklist – Political reggae tunes

May 3rd, 2014

Peter Tosh, god blessPeter Tosh, bless his voice, bless his soul.


Yesterday my friend Ayanna Heaven hosted a great panel at the New School in downtown New York City about reggae music and politics in Jamaica. We got deep into the history of race and politics in Jamaica — and of course talked about Vybz Kartel and his book The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto.


The panel line-up was impeccable, featuring:


Belinda Becker (Miss Lily’s)

Carter Van Pelt (Eastern Standard Time radio show)

E. Wayne McDonald (Caribbean Culture Theatre)

Sharon Gordon (Coalition To Preserve Reggae Music)


I was there to play some tunes… The goal was to provide an introduction to political reggae tunes for the students… and also to feature some Buju and Vybz. I wish I had this as a Spotify playlist so you could just hit play and let it rock, but a list of the tunes will have to suffice. Here’s how things went…


… Run it den, Robzilla!!



01. Peter Tosh – Downpressor Man
02. Burning Spear – Slavery Days
03. Sizzla – Taking Over
04. Junior Murvin – Rescue Jah Children
05. Third World – Tribal War
06. Buju Banton – Tribal War
07. Buju Banton – Deportees (Things Change)
08. Queen Ifrica – Daddy
09. Richie Spice – The Plane Land
10. Johnny Osbourne – Truth and Rights
11. Buju Banton – Untold Stories
12. Buju Banton – ‘Til I’m Laid to Rest
13. Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu Pickney
14. Burning Spear – No More War
15. Third World – 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade)
16. Junior Kelley – Korruption
17. Vybz Kartel – Ghetto Youth
18. Vybz Kartel – Black Child
19. Popcaan – The System
20. Pablo Gad – Tougher Than the World
21. Chronixx – Capture Land
22. Protoje – Kingston Be Wise
23. Romain Virgo – Mi Caan Sleep
24. Queen Ifrica – Times Like These
25. Keith Hudson – Felt We Felt the Strain
26. Dennis Brown – Revolution
27. Damian Marley & Nas – Land of Promise [ft. Dennis Brown]
28. Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution
29. Kabaka Pyramid – Free from Chains
30. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Redemption Song