Various Artists Get Up Stand Up-Jamaican Protest Songs
- Words: David Katz
- Label: Ras
Jamaican music has a long history of rebelliousness. In fact, much of the island‘s popular culture has always involved resistance-Jamaica is historically one of the most defiant nations in the world. Thematically, this introductory compilation mostly re-treads well-worn ground: Marley proclaims himself a "Soul Rebel," Dennis Brown demands "Revolution," Black Uhuru salutes "Solidarity" while Beres Hammond is "Putting Up Resistance." Surprisingly enough, newer tracks such as Bushman‘s deadpan take of John Lennon‘s "Working Class Hero" and Yvad‘s adaptation of Buffy St. Marie‘s "The Universal Soldier" actually add to the set‘s appeal.
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