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en.wikipedia.org www.burningspear.net Rodney was born in Saint Ann’s Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica, as were reggae singer Bob Marley and political activist Marcus Garvey who both had a great influence on Rodney’s life: Garvey in his philosophy, which Burning Spear greatly took to, and Marley in directly helping Burning Spear get started in the music industry (by some accounts) by introducing him to Clement Dodd.[1] Rodney met Marley at the latter’s farm in 1969, and having told him that he wanted to get into the music business, Marley advised him to start at Dodd’s Studio One label.[1][3] Reggae singer Larry Marshall claimed that it was he, while visiting St. Ann’s Bay with Jackie Mittoo, who was approached by Rodney, and gave him this advice, and arranged the introduction.[4] Burning Spear was originally Rodney’s group, named after Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime Minister and President of an independent Kenya,[5] and initially including bass singer Rupert Willington, and it was this duo that auditioned for Dodd in 1969, and recorded the debut single “Door Peep”.[1] They were soon joined by tenor Delroy Hinds (brother of Justin Hinds).[1] The trio recorded several more singles for Dodd, and two albums, before they moved on to work with Jack Ruby in 1975.[1] Their first recording with Ruby, “Marcus Garvey”, was initially intended only as an exclusive track for Ruby’s Ocho Rios-based Hi-Power sound system, but was released as a single by popular demand, giving them an immediate

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