When: April 22, 1978

Where: Kingston, Jamaica

After Jamaica declared independence from Britain, Jamaica experienced a civil war between the Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party as both fought for control over Jamaica. At the same time, Jamaica was gaining recognition globally through the spread of Reggae music. The “One Love” Benefit Concert served as a way for both parties to harness Reggae’s power and influence and provided a brief glimpse of hope for unity between the parties. The longstanding effects of Marley’s influence as the headliner of this concert was to provide symbolism for how powerful Reggae can be for Jamaica and all those who experience oppression in the world.

Further Reading:

Bogues, Anthony. Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals. London: Routledge, 2016.

Davis, Samuel Fure. “Garvey-Rodney-Marley: A Pan-African Bridge Over Cuba.” Race and Class 62, no. 4 (2021): 19-37.

Nangwaya, Ajamu and Adwoa Ntozake Onuora. “Reading Class Struggle and Promoting Class Consciousness through Bob Marley’s Protest Songs. Caribbean Quarterly 64, no. 2 (2018): 307-329.

Soni, Manish. Mystic Chords: Mysticism and Psychology in Popular Music. New York: Algora Publishing, 2001.