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Rastafari : Bob Marley, Garnett Silk, Peter Tosh and Buju Banton
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The Full has Never Been Told
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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