Published on : 04/08/2020 – 14:37Modified : 04/08/2020 – 18:06
“There’s a good thing about music, when it hits you you don’t feel any pain.” One of Bob Marley’s most famous formulas, which you will find this summer in Very Good Trip.
It was also with these words, a sort of revelation, even, that Trench Town Rock, one of his greatest hits in Jamaica, began long before Bob Marley established himself as a charismatic figure all around the world. Another formula, in this song, resonates with force: Give the slum a try, Give the slum a try.
Trench Town is this district in the southeast of Kingston, the Jamaican capital, near the harbor, where Bob Marley spent much of his childhood and adolescence.
When Bob Marley arrived there in 1954, the building of what has been dubbed the “concrete jungle “, the concrete jungle, he made it into a famous song, had already started. Small houses of one or two floors, built around a courtyard, which is called “yard” over there.
According to the testimony of singer Cherry Green, who participated in the original Wailers:
“Most of the people living in Trench Town came from the countryside, where they had no running water or electricity. There we had a nice bathroom, a toilet and a kitchen.“.
Bob Marley was a country boy, he had grown up in a village in the north-central part of the island, between fields and hills, called Nine Mile, because it is nine miles away west of the city of Alexandria.
Nine Mile where its mausoleum is today and where tourists go on excursions, in quotation marks, to the sources of its legend. There is also a very beautiful waterfall that we visit not far from there.
Bob Marley grew up in a biblical landscape. His grandfather, Omeriah, owned an agricultural estate there between two small gently sloping mountains, which has always been described as a kind of Eden: there were fields of sweet potatoes, corn, plantations beans, coffee trees, a banana plantation. The very singular family situation of Bob Marley, I will come back to it in detail, of course, pushed this grandfather, to fulfill a primordial role in his education.
Bob Marley & the Wailers :
- « Trench Town Rock » extrait de la compilation « Africa Unite : The Singles Collection »
- « Soul Shake Down Party » extrait de la compilation Artistes divers « Essential Reggae Foundation Singers Volume Two »
- « Guava Jelly » single
- « Small Axe » extrait de la compilation « Small Axe – The UK Upsetter Recordings 1970 to 1972 »
- “Soul Rebels” from the compilation “Africa Unite: The Singles Collection”
- « Try Me » extrait de la compilation « Small Axe – The UK Upsetter Recordings 1970 to 1972 »
- « Keep On Moving » extrait de la compilation « Small Axe – The UK Upsetter Recordings 1970 to 1972 »
- “Concrete Jungle” from the album “Catch a Fire – Deluxe Version”
- “Slave Driver – Jamaican Version” from the album “Catch a Fire – Deluxe Version”
- « Stir It Up – Jamaican version » extrait de l’album « Catch a Fire – Deluxe Version »
- “No More Trouble – Jamaican Version” from the album “Catch a Fire – Deluxe Version”