Thursday, 15 March 2012


If Che Guevara was the symbol of revolutionary change against imperialism by means of the gun, revolutionary warfare and the building of socialism in the 1970s and beyond, then Bob Marley was the personification of revolutionary change by means of his cultural/musical contribution.

Many have tried and continue to try and white wash Bob Marley, however, like Che, Fanon, even Malcolm X and many others, the white wash cannot succeed, as the original words of these brothers lives on forever, and one only needs to read and hear these words to know that these were outstanding people living in exceptional times of revolutionary upheaval against colonialism and white supremacy.  

Like the Black Power movement across the Americas, from MalcolmX and the Black Panthers and other movements in the usa, like the Afro-Reggae movement in Brazil, Bob Marley was primarily inspired to write many of the songs he did by the struggles and victories of the African liberation movements, most explicitly expressed in the song Zimbabwe (see video below), playing the song live at the liberation celebrations in Zimbabwe after the heroic revolutionary struggle led by ZANU and Robert Mugabe. As Bob Marley said in this song:

So soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionaries; 
And I don't want my people to be tricked by mercenaries. 

Today the struggle in the Africa and the wider Global South is seeing many a trick and manipulation by mercenaries and sell outs to empire.

Looking forward to this film.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A TRUE believer and pioneer! Long live his legacy!