It has been three years since The Harder They Come lifted reggae from obscurity to culthood and raised hopes that Jimmy Cliff would begin a long reign as an arbiter of hip Caribbean liberalism. At the same time, people noticed Bob Marley, leader and political ideologist of The Wailers, who's managed to gain a level of notoriety that threatens to cast him in the mold of a minor league Dylan.
Thankfully, that kind of media hysteria passes, bolstered no doubt by the sobering reality of light sales. Both Marley and Cliff can now be examined in a more realistic light. In the last three years, Jamaican reggae bands have followed the political vision inspired by Cliff and The Wailers, rejecting...
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