“Winston Rodney, also known as Burning Spear, is a Jamaican roots reggae singer and musician. Burning Spear was originally Rodney’s group, named after Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime Minister and President of an independent Kenya, and included bass singer Rupert Willington. Their first recording with Jack Ruby, “Marcus Garvey”, was released as a single, and was immediate hit, which was followed by “Slavery Days”. These recordings featured the backing band The Black Disciples, which included Earl “Chinna” Smith, Valentine Chin, Robbie Shakespeare and Leroy Wallace. The group worked with Ruby on their third album, Marcus Garvey (1976), which was immediately successful and led to a deal with Island Records to give the album a wider release. Island remixed and altered the speed of some of the tracks, much to the annoyance of fans and the group, leading Rodney to set up his own Spear label for future releases where he would have full control, although further releases followed on Island including a dub album (Garvey’s Ghost) and the Man in the Hills album. In late 1976, Rodney split from both Ruby and group members Willington and Hinds, and from that point on used the name Burning Spear for himself alone”. He since went on to win 2 grammy awards and continues to tour today. This track “Christopher Columbus” speaks volumes to the Rastafarian messages he conveyed and gives good insight as to what his other tracks speak of. Fulljoy this RastaMonday and give thanks for truth, life, and knowledge. Bless Up!
Burning Spear – “Christopher Columbus“