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The Speech That Inspired Bob Marley's "War"

By the fall of 1975, Bob Marley was entering a new phase of his career. The year before, he released Natty Dread: his first album without the musical support of long-time friends Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The follow-up to Natty Dread, titled Rastaman Vibration, would be his most militant album to date. And while a number of songs on Rastaman Vibration would become Marley classics, none stands out more than the powerful reggae anthem "War."



A Message of African Unity to Jamaicans

Before arriving in Jamaica, His Majesty visited Trinidad and Tobago. Afterwards, he stopped in Haiti. The Caribbean tour was part of an effort by Emperor Haile Selassie I to bring people of African descent in the western hemisphere ...

The Triumphant Entry of Haile Selassie I

On May 5th 1941, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I made His triumphant return to Ethiopia following a failed attempt at colonization by the Italians. His Majesty's triumph over the forces of Fascism, foretold in the prophecy ...

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Fascists Tried to Silence This Speech by Empress Menen

When Her Majesty, Empress Menen Asfaw, was scheduled to deliver a radio message to the international community about the prospects of an unjust attack on her nation by the forces of Fascism, the world was already teetering on the brink of destruction. Only a few months before, the fate of the major Western powers had been sealed at the League of Nations, when His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I delivered a prophetic message ...



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