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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

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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