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Burning Spear playing

Jennie Lay

In 1969, Burning Spear, aka Winston Rodney, consulted with his neighbor, Bob Marley, about how to get started in the music business. Thirty-one years and more than 30 albums after Marley gave Spear his personal advice while sauntering along a country road in St. Ann’s Parish in Jamaica, Spear won a Grammy for best reggae album.

That was in 2000, and since then Spear has continued a rigorous performance schedule that includes more than 100 shows yearly. Tonight, the legendary reggae artist will make an appearance at Levelz in Ski Time Square.

Spear tours with his eight-piece Burning band and a prominent agenda of racial, social and human politics. The band’s horns, backup vocals and all-important rhythm section are accompanied by the lyrics of a committed Rastafarian and follower of the gospel of Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey.

Burning Spear has long been a torchbearer for roots reggae and an uplifting message of honesty, peace and love. He plays reggae music with a message — and it has seeped into popular culture around the world.


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