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Rastafari : Bob Marley, Garnett Silk, Peter Tosh and Buju Banton

Updated on November 2, 2012

What do these four Reggae artist have in common. They have all been targeted. The positive messages that they send out to the world has been treated with resentment. The word reggae can be associated with the word rebel. Therefore most reggae artist understand the risk that they are taking when singing this type of music on a global platform.

Most reggae artists risk being shot, arrested, poisoned or ill treated. Based on the fact that all popular reggae artists have experienced some these treatments is proof that the threat is real.

Rastafarians sing and play reggae music because it is the only weapon that we have. Rasta's are not allowed to carry guns or beat up people. Therefore a full fledge attack is launched using a guitar, vocals, NyaBingi drums, flutes, trumpets and etc.

Babylon has responded by using law, scientific and military weapons to attack Rastafarians who sing reggae music.

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Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley is the most popular Rastafarian reggae artist by far. He is as popular as Michael Jackson (who got assassinated too). In the 1970s Bob Marley was so popular in Jamaica that if he had ran for political office, he could not lose.

Given that most Jamaicans were poor and Bob also came out of abstract poverty, people could relate to him. He had moved from the country to make life in the Kingston city and settled in Trench Town. He had left his peaceful home in the country to settle in a tough community in order to pursue his music. This was a big risk.

He formed the Wailers and the rest was history. His music had a global impact as he started uniting the peace movements around the world. For example, the hippies of America had fallen in-line with the message of Rastafari. Other organizations such as freedom fighters in Japan, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Columbia started to fall in-line with Rastafari. Bob Marley even started to do free concerts and tours in Africa like the one he did for Zimbabwe's Independence celebration.

He was a global power to be reckoned with in terms of the peace revolutions. The problem started when Mr. Marley refused to take sides between capitalism and communism. Jamaicans and Rastafarians alike thought that Bob Marley would unite the world in peace and harmony through his music. That was the intention of reggae music and Robert Marley.

Babylon controls both capitalism and communism and saw Bob Marley as a threat. They first tried to use CIA based gangs in Jamaica to kill him. However, he only got shot in the left arm and above the heart and mysteriously survived. His wife, friend and manager also received gunshot wounds and survived.

Book by Bob's Manager (who got shot during the shootings)

He was exiled to England for his own protections because Jamaicans gangs are known to be ruthless and works exclusively for Babylon. Then shortly after a while touring Europe, he developed cancer in the toe. He eventually died as a result of the cancer metathesizing throughout his body.

Most Jamaicans believed that Babylon would have eventually assassinated Bob Marley anyway, because He was pursuing world peace.

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Garnett Silk

Garnet Damion Smith had a short successful reggae career. He may not be popular on the global scene such as Peter Tosh or Bob Marley. He died in a gas cylinder explosion at his home. Fire-fighters found his burnt remains hugging his mother who also perished in the fire. He was destined to be the next Rastafarian Reggae star that would unite the world in peace.

Garnett Silk used very little Jamaican patois in his songs. Therefore, it was easy for non-Jamaicans to understand the message. Before his death, his music was gaining momentum in the European markets. He also managed to strike a record deal with Atlantic Records and was being produced by Tuff Gong records.

As with many other successful Rastafarian reggae artists, his house started to get robbed on a regular basis. Garnett Silk also started to receive many death threats. A very sad situation.

He consulted with the police and his attorney. He was then given a number of illegal guns to protect himself. Take into consideration that it may be the first he is seeing a gun. Garnett Silk is a country boy that has no clue how to deal with violence.

How the gas cylinder exploded is still a mystery. Some say his house was invaded and shot up. Another story says one of the guns accidentally went off, when he was learning to use the guns. I was in high school when this happened. The teachers and students cried. It was a very sad day in Jamaica.

Garnett Silk Sings for His Mommy

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Peter Tosh

Winston Hubert McIntosh was a very rebellious Rastafarian reggae music artist. He was one of the main members of the Wailers. He also moved to Trench Town to pursue a reggae music career. He was the main guitar player for the Wailers.

Peter Tosh was a revolutionary. He did not believe in doing love songs or just plain reggae music. His music contained messages to stand up and fight for your rights and freedom. Peter had a guitar shaped like an M-16. He was the very opposite of Garnett Silk. Peter Tosh was a known tough guy. He has been beaten by Jamaican police officers on a regular basis. This was due to his aggressive marijuana legalization campaigns. Some would say he had it coming.

Peter Tosh was given the privilege to perform at the famous One Love Peace Concert in 1978 which may be the largest Jamaican concert in history. Both leaders of the major political parties and other first world country diplomats were in attendance. Peter Tosh proceeded to sing about legalizing marijuana and actually lit a marijuana splif on stage. Well of course, the police were waiting with their batons backstage.

Mr. McIntosh had to exile himself to South Africa because it was evident that he was also targeted for assassination after Bob Marley died. He made the big mistake of returning to Jamaica in 1987. His home was attacked by three gunmen who killed him and two of his close friends. There are many unclear speculations as to what may have triggered the assassinations.

Sings Legalize It and Blazes a spliff in front of the Prime Ministers Entourage

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Buju Banton

Mark Anthony Myrie is still alive. However, he is in prison at the moment. Buju Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess 5 kilograms of cocaine. He was sentenced to ten years in prison for the charge in 2011.

Most Jamaicans are surprised he hasn't been killed as yet. People still believe he will be poisoned in prison before being deported to Jamaica. It is very evident that Buju Banton was set up. The FBI has confessed to paying the criminal informant $50,000. The criminal informant was also admonished of cocaine charges which involved 100 kg's of cocaine. The criminal informant also called Buju Banton's over a 150 times.

It is funny that the American system would release a greater evil to catch a smaller evil. Many say that it is Buju's own carelessness that caused his situation. Prior to his arrest, He had done several songs about being targeted by FBI agents and police. He had also received privileged information from Damien Marley about a plot to arrest him. He was also warned by several other Rastafarian reggae artists about the American system..

All of this happened after Buju Banton had started a popular campaign to complete the dreams of Bob Marley in terms of world unity and peace through music.

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Conclusion

If I were to name all the Rastafarian reggae musicians that have been targeted, I would never be finished. I just had to touch on some of my favourites singers and the ones that are popular internationally. As they would say in Jamaica;

Babylon Does Not Build Great Men, They Only Kill Great Men.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks a million Daisy. The respect is mutual. You are a kind soul.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect again Vinaya. I respect your international awareness of other cultures.Especially my culture, lol.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      The first international artist I could recognize, when I was a child, was Bob Marley. Thanks for this interesting hub on rastafari. I learned new things.

      PS: I wish you a very happy birthday.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Art,

      Thank you for publishing this very informative article.

      Much respect to you on your July 1st birthday. Have a beautiful day.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Midget38. I would say it is a pretty consistent trend for Rastafarians to be targeted. It is very unfortunate that he had to be on the run for his life during his career.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the insightful hub...Bob is one of my favorite artists and it dismays me if he was a target of any sort. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      That is how Babylon is, a lover of war and hater of peaceful people.

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      Simba73 4 years ago from UK

      Rasta1 ,

      JFK was not only anti war he wanted to use his power to do good and this was not acceptable to the darkness which rules this world from behind the scenes, his truth and sincerity opened many eyes around the world and he was gaining an army of good people, and I feel this had to be opressed by Babylon to maintain control.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I guess your right Simba73. JFK was never a war president and he got assassinated. He actually was trying to avoid war with Russia. All the war presidents live great lives.

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      Simba73 4 years ago from UK

      Because Suzettenaples , with peace Babylon has no power, and anyone promoting peace is a threat.

      Respect Simba

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I don't understand it either. Why do others seem to fear them?

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Suzettenaples. I am aware that the same thing happens in other cultures. However, I am still confused as to why peaceful people are targeted in the first place.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      That is so sad about Bob Marley and these other Jamaicans. "Don't worry, be happy, mahn." I always wondered about that song when Marley was killed. Life is not that simplistic. It is sad, but sometimes those that advocate peace are the ones assassinated - Gandhi, MLK, Jr., Bob Marley, etc. It is sad that evil always tears down these people with their peaceful messages. Thank you for another interesting and informative hub!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Natural Mystic. Peter Tosh was a real revolutionary and did not mind the abuse encountered. His education mission was more important.

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      Natrual Mystic 4 years ago

      Once again, I had to turn to you for help :-) Peter Tosh is one of my favorite reggae artist of all times. However, I wasn't aware of the abuse he encountered because of his belief? How informative. The other reggae artists Bob, Buju, and Garnet have played an influential role as to how I view life...in general. Bless up king!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Mike. Garnett Silk and Buju Banton are more popular locally, with the latter soon to become an international star.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      I knew Bob Marley (of course!) and Peter Tosh, I'm gonna check the other two guys as well! Thanks for the interesting presentation.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I have never heard of the name Sinclair. What was the name pertaining to? I recently pulled down the website to install wordpress and I have not gotten around to do it as yet. It should be up and running in two days. I have committed to do so much stuff on the internet and have spread myself thin and this is causing me lost revenue and embarrassment. I will be using December to cut some projects from my portfolio and concentrate on profitable ventures.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Marvin,

      I like listening to reggae type of music and off course Bob Marley is one of my favorite, just if you happen to know, was the name Sinclair associated with Bob Marley? I heard this discussion on a local radio. I tried to visit your website: rastahealthdotcom but got "a 404 website Not Found error." Any problem? Thanks for sharing this useful information, voted up and useful.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      "but there are some glitches in the matrix here and there"

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Music can be very very powerful...it can set ideas to lyrics and soon everyone will be singing some powerful notion about this or that.

      This is why in the US...anyone creating music about something serious - isn't producing records, as no record label will sign them on.

      Music is just too powerful to let someone with a purpose use it on the grand stage...but there are some glitches in the matrix here and there.

      I'm reasonably sure that Mr. Breitbart was assassinated, and then, as one foul deed is never enough, the M.D. that did his autopsy passed kinda mysteriously very soon afterwards.

      Oh this wicked world....the papers don't cover it...but all we ever really have to do is figure out how to spend each day...and ...I can't even get that done very well sometimes :)

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Mhatter99. I remember you being a big fan of the Wailers, especially Peter.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. All my favorites. All have songs on my 174 best songs list.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Mr. Shaw, I think they would definitely take you immediately. You're just too outspoken like Peter Tosh. You remind of him a lot.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I actually smoked a bit of pot just yesterday. Was the first chance to do so in a long long time....it sure made the day better for a while.

      So terrible the way police will set someone up, and plant something on them because some wealthy political minded person wishes them out of the public.

      So often, cops are just armed criminal gangs....and they are getting outright plain with that sort of ideal in the big cities ...

      Oh I'd love to be a minor celebrity myself - but with my loudmouth, I'd likely wind up dead or in prison too.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Simba. As lrc7815 expressed, it is not really logical. Why would anyone want to hurt the peaceful people. It hurts me a lot too to know that there are groups of people in the world that make it their business to kill the innocent.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect lrc7815. Thanks for the positive energy. I like reading about other cultures too.

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      Simba73 4 years ago from UK

      This is very imformative hub, speaking out agaist babylon and I support you 100% since the beinning of civilisation the promoters of peace have been targeted by the oppressors through fear of lossing a grip on power, which peace and love would have little need for. I believe these secrect groups of power still exist today under the guise of legitimate companies organisations and exclusive sects, all happy that the world is in chaos allowing them to capitalise on the spoils of war and hatred, and the motivation is not really fiscal but control, megalamainia is the disease that flows through their veins, and is true evil. Where would I start with examples of this anti love movement ??? Well JC is the first that springs to mind, lets skip a couple of thousand years and lets think JFK and well how many others the list goes on and on with John Lennon, Bob Marley and many other great promoters of the Bibles true purpose PEACE ON EARTH, then how many good Indian politicians are assasined regulary, I still fear every day for the lives of the Dali Lama and great ambassodors of peace like Ann Sung su-ki, true souls with message which is not fisclly motivated, I know I keep mentioning money but I feel this is just the tool used by Babylon to enforce it's power.

      Wow sorry Rasta1 you got me ranting on with this subject LOL

      Blessings and Respect as always

      Your Brother Simba

      Respect

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      This is suc a tragedy. I had no idea tht rasta's were so vulnerable to this kind of hatred. It makes no sense to me. But then, nothing about hatred makes sense to me. Thank you for telling their story. They may be gone but they still have a voice in their music and in you. Voted up and awesome.