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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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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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