[Originally Published: August 24, 2012]
It’s finally Friday, so tell your boss Hidden Track said you can slack the work day away and enjoy a full concert with us. Let’s take the Hidden Track Way Back Machine to the year 1979 and visit Harvard Stadium in Boston which on July 21st hosted a concert called Amandla: Festival Of Unity. Amandla was a concert held to raise funds which would benefit the on-going struggles in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa that was headlined by Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Marley’s 100+ minute set is the stuff of legend with Island Records head Chris Blackwell calling it “without a doubt, Marley’s best performance ever captured on film.” The setlist reads like a list of the reggae pioneer’s best songs as Positive Vibration, Them Belly Full, War, Lively Up Yourself, No Woman No Cry, Jammin, Get Up Stand Up and Exodus were among the tunes played on this night . Bob made a few short speeches during the encore which featured two debuts, Zimbabwe and Wake Up & Live, that would be featured on Marley’s forthcoming album Survival. The event’s producers had the concert professionally filmed and mixed the resulting footage with soundboard audio before selling it to the Marley Estate. At some point it leaked on YouTube for our viewing pleasure…
Set: Positive Vibration, Slave Driver, Them Belly Full, Runnin Away, Crazy Baldhead, The Heathen, War, No More Trouble, Lively Up Yourself, No Woman No Cry, Jammin, Get Up Stand Up, Exodus
Encore Applause: Zimbabwe, Wake Up & Live, Band Intros by Junior Marvin
Band Members: Bob Marley – rhythm guitar & vocals
The Wailers: Carlton Barrett – drums, Aston “Family Man Barrett – bass, Junior Marvin – guitar, Al Anderson – lead guitar, Tyrone Downie – keyboards, Earl “Wya”Lindo – organ & clavinet, Alvin “Seeco” Patterson – percussion
I Threes: Rita Marley – backing vocals, Judy Mowatt – backing vocals, Marcia Griffiths – backing vocals