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Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Exodus' Is 40 Years Old, and Getting a Special Reissue

Bob Marley & The Wailers' classic album 'Exodus' is getting a special 40th anniversary reissue.

Bob Marley & the Wailers’ ninth studio album, Exodus, turns 40 years old today.


To mark the occasion,  the Marley family is readying 4 very special reissues of the classic album which featured "Jamming," "One Love / People Get Ready," "Natural Mystic," "Roots," and many more timeless songs.

The reissue will feature Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues, a "restatement" of the original album created by Ziggy Marley.

For that reissue, Ziggy revisited the original Exodus recording sessions, "uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation, incorporating and transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes," the label, Island Records/Universal, mentions.

OkayAfrica spoke to Ziggy Marley about this reissue. He said, "I came up with the idea because I wanted to give people who love Bob something else."

"I was finding stuff all over the place," Ziggy mentions, "I found some synth parts that were really funky and I was like 'let's make this be a lead."

Look out for our full interview with Ziggy Marley next week.

Stream the Exodus reissue below, which is available now

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​Jamaica's Reggae Girlz Are the First Caribbean Team In History to Qualify for the Women's World Cup

Jamaica's senior national women's team are headed to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Jamaica's national women's soccer team, known as the Reggae Girlz will take their talents to the senior Women's World Cup in France next year for the first time ever, making them the first Caribbean women's team ever to qualify for the games, according to FIFA.com.

It's been a long road to success for the Reggae Girlz. The team folded in 2010, but were brought back in 2014 due to the fervent support of Cedella Marley—the first-born daughter of Bob Marley—who has helped sponsor the team through the Bob Marley Foundation, reports Huffington Post.

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Ziggy Marley Is Developing a Biopic Based on the Life of His Father, Bob Marley

The musician and producer is working with Paramount to bring the late reggae icon's story to the big screen.

Musician and producer, Ziggy Marley is teaming up with Paramount Pictures, to bring a major story to the big screen.

He's working to develop a biopic based on his father, the late reggae legend, Bob Marley's life, reports Deadline.

The movie will likely highlight Marley's upbringing, documenting his life as a bi-racial child growing up in 1950s Jamaica, and the discrimination he faced before going on to become reggae music's foremost ambassador and a celebrated pop culture icon.

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Start Your Weekend Early With Shatta Wale's 'Borjor'

The Ghanaian star shares the new track and music video for "Borjor" on his birthday.

Shatta Wale is celebrating his birthday by dropping a new track that's sure to get you in party mode.

"Borjor" is an addictive new song built on a mid-tempo afro-fusion beat work and led by the Ghanaian dancehall heavyweight's vocals about the object of his desire.

The accompanying music video, directed by PKMI, follows Shatta Wale and his friends to a day of swimming and messing around in a pool and mansion.

Shatta Wale recently dropped the level-up anthem "Swizz Bank," he also hopped on the same riddim as Vybz Kartel's hit "Any Weather," produced by Shabdon Records.

Watch the new music video for Shatta Wale's "Borjor" below.

For all the best & latest Ghanaian music, follow our new GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Michael Kiwanuka Pays Homage to the Black Liberation Movements of the '60s In New Video 'Hero'

The artist's latest single references some of his personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Tupac Shakur and more.

British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka drops another single ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, KIWANUKA.

In "Hero" the singer pays homage to the Black Power and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. The music video, directed by CC Wade references several Black leaders and some of the artist's personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King Jr., Sam Cooke, Tupac Shakur, Marvin Gaye and more. It also depicts the FBI's often illegal efforts to stop Black movements and other anti-establishment groups through its Counterintelligence Program, as noted in Rolling Stone.

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