Unknown Marley track surfaces on compilation
By Jonathan Cohen
NEW YORK (Billboard) – A never-before-released Bob Marley
song believed to have been recorded in a Miami bedroom in 1979
will appear on the upcoming compilation “Africa Unite: The
Due November 8 via Island/Tuff Gong/UME, the set features
“Slogans,” the master tape of which was discovered in 2003 by
Marley’s sons Ziggy and Stephen.
In addition to adding their own parts and producing, the
Marleys drafted Eric Clapton to record a guitar part for the
finished version. Ziggy first revealed the existence of unheard
Marley material to Billboard.com in 2003.
“I didn’t know any of these songs,” he said at the time.
“The way he was playing the guitar on one song that I heard, it
was like jazz. It wasn’t what you would expect from him at
“Africa Unite,” which collects early recordings as well as
Marley’s biggest hits, is rounded out by a new remix of the
title track from the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am plus Ashley
Beedle’s mash-up of “Get Up, Stand Up” and youngest Marley son
Damian’s “Welcome to Jamrock.”
The DVD “Live! At the Rainbow,” a 1977 London concert
originally released in 1991 on VHS, also is due in stores on
November 8. And a sample of Marley’s “Johnny Was” can be heard
on a newly released Notorious B.I.G. single, “Hold Ya Hand.”