by Jodee Brown
The family of legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley remains surprised by a stunning exclusion of their prominent patriarch from a recent list by an established British magazine. However, they won’t let it negatively affect the aura of his music.
Last week, British based music magazine, MOJO Magazine unveiled their Top 50 Reggae albums of all time in honor of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012. The list was filled with many surprises, most notably the declaration that Roots Reggae and melodica legend, Augustus Pablo possessed the greatest two albums of all time with East of the River Nile topping the list followed by his collaborative album with iconic engineer, Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock entitled. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown.
However, the glaring omission for MOJO Magazine’s list was that no album from Reggae’s most accomplished superstar, Bob Marley made the cut; particularly Exodus which was named TIME Magazine’s best album of the 20th century while making the top 50 of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 albums all-time. It also comes as a surprise given that most of Marley’s chart success came in the United Kingdom.
During an interview with TVJ’s Entertainment Report at an event promoting the local launch of Marley, the first official documentary on the life and work of Bob Marley, his widow, Rita Marley intimated that she and her family were stunned by MOJO’s exclusion of her late husband from their list and believes that they should apologize for doing so.
“Bob is one of a kind so…it’s not too late for them to apologize. We would accept an apology but we are not impressed,” she said.
However, Marley says their exclusion of ‘Tuff Gong’ won’t do any damage to his impact as a cultural icon, both locally and internationally.
“As Bob seh ‘Dem a go tyad fi see mi face, dem cyaah get mi out a di race.’ It’s a foolish dog who barks at a flying bird,” she said.
Meanwhile, Rita Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley scoffed at MOJO Magazine’s snub of her father from their list. The emerging designer and former member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers is also of the sentiment that it won’t diminish Bob Marley’s legacy.
“I don’t know who that is, they’re missing from my list too…Does MOJO have 38 million fans on Facebook?” she asked.
MOJO Magazine’s list also included albums from legendary acts such as Barrington Levy (Shaolin Temple), Dennis Brown (Wolves & Leopards) as well as Gregory Isaacs (Night Nurse) to more current superstars such as Beenie Man (Art & Life), Lady Saw (Passion), T.O.K (My Crew, My Dawgs), Sizzla (Black Woman and Child) and incarcerated Reggae singjay, Buju Banton (Til’ Shiloh).