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Africa Unite

Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Island continues to promote the legacy of Bob Marley’s music, this time paired with artists from the African continent on the album Africa Unite. The title echoes one of the songs from the album Survival, released in 1979, with its famous sleeve comprised of 48 flags, 47 of them from African countries (but not South Africa, still under the apartheid regime). The record was one of the singer’s most political, advocating for Pan-Africanism and the independence of English colonies. The Jamaican is paired here with a cast of artists from the afrobeat and larger African scenes, and the same formula is repeated across ten tracks, with the chorus sung by Bob Marley placed on top of new arrangements, and the verses covered by the featured artist.


As an opener, “So Much Trouble in the World” leads the way, between ska and afrobeat rhythms, with the two Zimbabweans and representatives of “Zimdancehall” Winky D and Nutty O, while the Nigerians Teni and Oxlade deliver a very Afropop version of “Three Little Birds”. Stonebwoy fares pretty well on “Buffalo Soldier”, “Redemption Song” gets a little sun with the South African Ami Faku, and the groove version of “Waiting in Vain” by the Nigerian Tiwa Savage has a certain charm as well. Of course, some purists may make a fuss, but it must be noted that the effectiveness of Bob Marley’s songwriting defies new arrangements just as well as the years that pass. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
So Much Trouble In The World
00:03:52

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Shane Shanahan, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Winky D, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nutty O, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tamuka, Producer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
00:03:10

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Venna, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gá, Producer - Shane Shanahan, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Réma, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Selebobo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Skip Marley, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henrique Carvalhal, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton "Carly" Barrett, ComposerLyricist - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Leghorn Coghile (Lecon Cogill), ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Redemption Song
00:03:26

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Shane Shanahan, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Brainchild, Producer - Ami Faku, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Waiting In Vain
00:04:02

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tiwa Savage, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Mystro, Producer - Shane Shanahan, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Turn Your Lights Down Low
00:03:34

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Shane Shanahan, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Team Salut, Producer - Afro B, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Three Little Birds
00:04:18

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Venna, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gá, Producer - Shane Shanahan, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Teni, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oxlade, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Buffalo Soldier
00:04:51

Bob Marley, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Shane Shanahan, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stonebwoy, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Napji, Producer - TenBillion Dreams, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Noel ‘King Sporty’ Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Stir It Up
00:03:41

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Sarkodie, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mog, Producer - Shane Shanahan, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Selebobo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Jamming
00:02:25

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Shane Shanahan, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Compozers, Producer, Additional Producer - Ayra Starr, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phleez, Producer - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
One Love
00:02:33

Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Shane Shanahan, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Patoranking, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nana Ntorinkansah, Producer - David Ohene-Akrasi, Producer - Charles Mensah-Bonsu, Producer - Stephen Asamoah-Duah, Producer - Akosua Scantlebury, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album review

Island continues to promote the legacy of Bob Marley’s music, this time paired with artists from the African continent on the album Africa Unite. The title echoes one of the songs from the album Survival, released in 1979, with its famous sleeve comprised of 48 flags, 47 of them from African countries (but not South Africa, still under the apartheid regime). The record was one of the singer’s most political, advocating for Pan-Africanism and the independence of English colonies. The Jamaican is paired here with a cast of artists from the afrobeat and larger African scenes, and the same formula is repeated across ten tracks, with the chorus sung by Bob Marley placed on top of new arrangements, and the verses covered by the featured artist.


As an opener, “So Much Trouble in the World” leads the way, between ska and afrobeat rhythms, with the two Zimbabweans and representatives of “Zimdancehall” Winky D and Nutty O, while the Nigerians Teni and Oxlade deliver a very Afropop version of “Three Little Birds”. Stonebwoy fares pretty well on “Buffalo Soldier”, “Redemption Song” gets a little sun with the South African Ami Faku, and the groove version of “Waiting in Vain” by the Nigerian Tiwa Savage has a certain charm as well. Of course, some purists may make a fuss, but it must be noted that the effectiveness of Bob Marley’s songwriting defies new arrangements just as well as the years that pass. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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