The late Bob Marley, the iconic Jamaican singer/songwriter who rose to fame by pioneering and spreading reggae as his musical signature during the 60s up to the late 70s, will be remembered this year via the celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Survivor.”
“Survivor,” the 11th album recorded by Bob Marley and The Wailers under the Tuff Gong label, will be re-released on November 22, 2019 by way of a 180-gram clear vinyl collector’s edition.
Tuff Gong was originally the record label used by Bob Marley and the Wailers, in selling the music they waxed, using the facilities of Federal Records. Today, the Marley family runs Tuff Gong as a recording studio and as the official Carribean distributor for the record labels produced by the music groups of Disney, Universal and Warner. In fact, the commemoration of the “Survivor” album’s 40th anniversary is a collaboration between the Marley family and Universal Music Enterprises.
The re-release of the “Survivor,” 40 years after Marley and his group released it in October 02, 1979, is also a toast to the ‘Survival Tour “that was held in the same year. The tour kicked-off with a 7-show concert at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, and went on to different locations in the U.S., the Carribean and Africa. The album included songs such as “Africa Unite”, “So Much Trouble in the World” and “Zimbabwe”, which Marley composed in order to promote unity and awareness amongst their black audience.
Life and Times of Bob Marley
Born Robert Nesta Marley in February 06, 1945, Bob Marley had a brief but meaningful career as a Rastafarian icon. He survived an assasination attempt in 1976, but eventually succumbed to melanoma (skin cancer) at the age of 36, in May 11, 1981.
Throughout his musical career, Marley’s distinctive Jamaican vocal style and fusion of reggae, rocksteady and ska in his musical compositions brought worldwide recognition to Jamaican music, which in turn, made a significant influence in the development of pop culture.
In 1984, a compilation of Marley and The Wailers’ greatest hits was released via the “Legend,”which went on to become the largest-selling reggae album worldwide.