Marcus Garvey and reggae music – Anniversary conference today | Entertainment
Liberty Hall will celebrate the 133rd anniversary of the birth of national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey today with the 11th Annual Marcus Mosiah Garvey Lecture, in the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) Boardroom, East Street, Kingston.
Under the theme Race First and Black Lives Matter, Professor William H. Boone, Professor of Political Science, Clark Atlanta University, will explore race and public policy.
The conference will begin at 10 a.m. and will be webcast live on Liberty Hall’s Facebook pages and IOJ’s YouTube pages.
Garvey, Pan-Africanist and visionary, has inspired many reggae artists over the decades and is hailed by Rastafarians in particular as a prophet. Reggae band Burning Spear released an album titled Marcus Garvey in 1975 and Bob Marley used quotes from Garvey in his music.
According to a speech by Garvey from 1937, âWe are going to free ourselves from mental slavery because while others can free the body, no one other than us can free the mind. The spirit is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be a slave to the other man who uses his mind, âMarley said in one of his most memorable lines. In his hit song, Song of redemption, he declares: “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, no one other than us can free our minds.”
Garvey’s Black Star Liner, a shipping company established to facilitate the movement of goods and eventually African Americans throughout the African global economy, has become a key part of his contribution to the Back-to-Africa movement. He was also kept alive through the lyrics of reggae troubadours.
Reggae singer Fred Locks achieved huge success with a 1976 song called Black Star Lining, which has been called one of the “most important songs in reggae music of the 1970s”.
Culture’s 1977 reggae album, Two classes to sevenh, featured a song called Black starliner must come.
The Black Star Line has also been commemorated by blues singers such as Hazel Meyers and Rosa Henderson; by the musical group Brand Nubian (on their 1993 album We believe in god), and by Ranking Dread with Black Star on his album Kunta Kinte Roots.