I think it’s safe to say that every single reggae band out there most probably took their first steps in the rehearsal studio doing some sort of Bob Marley cover. Reggae has been established as part of the Latin American musical menu since the early ’80s but really blew up to stratospheric proportions in the last decade, and it can all be traced back to the ubiquitous figure of Mr. Bobby (as Manu Chao renamed him) and his immortal charisma.
Were he still with us, Bob Marley would be turning 69 today and as a humble birthday present we wanted to throw together a few covers and tributes (of the hundreds out there) by Latin artists who were influenced by him.
Gilberto Gil’s “Is This Love”
Abed Nego’s “Estoy Solo”
Cultura Profética’s “No Woman No Cry”
Gondwana’s “Could You Be Loved”
Manu Chao’s “Mr Bobby”
Download Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Legend below: