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Burning Spear: Redemption Song

Mark Cooper, City Limits, 19 March 1987

"Music for your children and my children and their children" is how Burning Spear looks at his 15 years in reggae. In Europe and America his name is legion, yet at home in Jamaica his work is constantly overlooked in the rush to "dancehall style". On the eve of his London concert, MARK COOPER meets one of Rastafarian reggae's originators: "a historian whose every song recalls the promise of Marcus Garvey and the memory of slavery days."

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