According to reports, British-based MOJO magazine is receiving global backlash after failing to include Jamaica’s reggae legend, Bob Marley, on its most recent top 50 reggae album tribute to Jamaica.
Though the original story is
no longer not available online, it has not stopped the anger of reggae fans from around in questioning the major error to did not include any album or albums from the late king of reggae.
Musicians featured on MOJO magazine’s top 50 list include Barrington Levy (Shaolin Temple), Dennis Brown (Wolves & Leopards), Gregory Isaacs (Night Nurse), 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).
Was it an honest mistake, was it a deliberate omission or does MOJO magazine have no clue on what and who is reggae?
Here’s what some Jamaican stars had to say:
“It would depend on what the criteria was but Bob Marley is the most established reggae brand in the world, and he is the king of reggae, so right now I am curious to see the criteria , but aside from that Bob Marley is still the king of reggae.” – Bay-C of dancehall/reggae group T.O.K
“The man who put that together nuh know weh him a duh. Bob Marley is foundation so that don’t sound right to me, Bob Marley is a top seller in the universe so something don’t right. Dem miss out big time it must be a mistake, dem need fi check and go again.” – U-Roy veteran dancehall artiste.
“Bob is one of a kind, it’s not late for them to apologise, we would accept an apology but we are not impressed, Bob seh ‘dem a guh tired fi si mi face dem cyah get mi out a di race’, it’s a foolish dog who barks after a flying bird.” – Bob Marley’s widow, Rita Marley
Meanwhile, Fans are waiting for MOJO’s reply on the selection process for their top 50 list.
Do you think it was disrespectful to over the king of reggae for the tribute list or that the writer/magazine can select whomever they chose to be on their list? Leave a comment below.