Marley Family: One Love

Bob Marley’s exquisite reggae classic ‘One Love’ from 1977 will need little introduction to those who visit this site. It’s a song by Bob Marley, coupled with elements of ‘People Get Ready’ by Curtis Mayfield, that stands as a true classic of reggae music. It has been revisited a number of times including the excellent extended remix by Julian Mendelsohn from 1984 featured on the ‘deluxe’ edition of the ‘Legend’ greatest hits album, and the sweet Cordovan remix from 2008 included on the ‘Roots, Rock, Remixed’ album. So, is there any mileage in another visit to this song?

This version was assembled by the Marley Family in association with Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music. Cedella Marley, Bob’s daughter, and musician Skip Marley, Bob’s grandson, are heavily involved with the track. This new version is designed to support UNICEF’s Reimagine campaign, a global fundraising appeal to respond, recover and reimagine a post-COVID-19 world fit for children. There’s no cynicism or aggression here, only heartfelt compassion.

Over forty years ago, my father wrote ‘One Love’ about unity, peace and universal love during a time when there was much trouble in the world. Even in a time when we aren’t able to get together, his message remains true today, we can get through this global crisis if we come together through one love and one heart” says Cedella Marley. “(The) song is very special because of (its) message. It’s a song of equality. One love meaning love for everyone, for all humanity. It doesn’t matter the colour, creed or social status or anything like that. It’s appreciating the human family. ‘One heart, let’s get together and feel all right,’” adds Stephen Marley

The money raised from ‘​One Love’​ for ​Reimagine​ will help UNICEF ​respond​ to the immediate needs of children and families affected by Covid-19.The project has been put together by new UK record label Amplified Music, run by Serene Sass.  They work to give access to the music industry to artists who wouldn’t otherwise get a chance – refugees, those from conflict zones and countries in crisis.

Marley Family: One Love; released 17th July 2020, Amplified Music

Peter Dyer: Ghost Train

Here’s Scottish reggae man Peter Dyer with his debut single ‘Ghost Train’. The track is produced by the Subatomic Sound System and is released on 25th July. One important aim of the release is to raise money for three Scottish charities with the first three months’ proceeds from the track. These charities include FDAMH who provide counselling and support to people with mental health issues, NHS Forth Valley and long-established music therapy specialists Nordoff Robbins Scotland. The track echoes Peter’s own experience with anxiety and depression. “I wanted to capture the atmosphere of these mental health disorders in music and found dub to be the perfect medium to bring out the darkness and paranoia”. Musically it’s straight-ahead reggae music with a dub influence generating a melancholy but ultimately uplifting feel.

Peter Dyer: Ghost Train, release 25th July 2020.