24/04/2018: “Zimbabwe” by Bob Marley & The Wailers


Getting only this far without posting multiple Bob Marley songs has been something of a challenge for me. I am a big fan, as it goes…

You can expect Bob Marley to make a number of appearances on this blog; but I can’t apologise for that. He deserves multiple appearances in my book.

“Zimbabwe” channels the more militant side of Bob Marley, the Bob Marley concerned with global injustice, poverty, and black liberation. The song came out in 1979 on the albumĀ “Survival”, which was a decidedly militant album.

The album cover has many different African flags on, to show unity. It was a time of upheaval on the continent, with various countries fighting civil wars in the wake of independence struggles from the West.


The history is Zimbabwe is a tragic one all through, but Bob Marley’s song symbolises the hope many felt when Zimbabweans created their new country from the white supremacist Rhodesia. African liberation was a theme that, as a Rastafarian, Marley would have been deeply supportive of.

“No more internal power struggle
We come together to overcome the little trouble”


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