Redemption Song Analysis

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Buju Banton- Untold Stories Buju Banton approach to “Untold Stories” talks about the current situation in Jamaica, detailing the trials and tribulations of the ghetto dwellers of Buju’s own Kingston, Jamiaca. But, through detailing the specific struggles of his own people, Buju lays bare the class warfare which afflicts poor people all over the world. Buju Banton was born Mark Anthony Myrie in 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica. Two decades later, Buju had become one of his country’s top DJs. (In Jamaica, the term ‘DJ’ refers to what we Americans think of as an MC or rapper.) The music was very popular and its best-known practitioners were rich and famous, but the often-explicit and sensationalistic lyrics did not accurately reflect the reality of…show more content…
It was the last song on the last album he released before his death in 1981 “Redemption Song,” a magnificently composed song by Bob Marley relates to oppression and deliverance of African slaves, who were brought from Africa to Jamaica. The general theme of this song is the beauty of the redemption of people after oppression. Support of this theme is found in Bob Marley’s connotation and tone. Connotation, the diction of words, is the most significant aspect of this song that supports the theme. Bob Marley’s terminology is responsible for creating a truly entrancing song. Bob initiates the song on a delicate level by describing the obliteration of the African people by slavery; “Oh pirates yes they rob I; / Sold I to the merchant ships, / Minutes after they took I / From the bottomless pit. (Marley 1-4). These very lines portray the appalling technique used to take Africans from their homeland to toil for others. The next line, “But my hand was made strong / By the hand of the Almighty. / We forward in this generation/ Triumphantly,” (Marley 5-8) illustrates the authority given to the slaves by God. Through His hand, the present generation has been capable of moving onward and prospering. The most eminent lines of the song, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery / None but ourselves can free our minds” sustains thought that it is not the responsibility of the oppressors to free the oppressed; this assignment can only be…show more content…
He appears to believe that through all the pain and agony of slaves his generation will be able to formulate a difference. Evidence of this is found in the lines “We forward in the generation / Triumphantly” (Marley 3-4). This strictly means that descendants of Africans have been given an opportunity to right and improve the prospects their ancestors never had. Redemption Song is Bob Marley‘s most personal song as it is the only song that Bob did without the support of a backing band. An acoustic guitar was the only instrument that was used, which serves to further reinforce the mood of the song. The quality of Marley’s voice was very rough, much in keeping with the tumultuous period of his life at that time. Overall, “Redemption Song” is an incredibly stunning song that relates to not only African slaves but all others that have been oppressed. Bob Marley’s main purpose of this song is that, in the end, it is up to the oppressed to determine their freedom and destiny and this is why this stuck with me. Has humans we are in a constant struggle and only by will power we will be able to escape captivity. I would definitely hear this performance again it’s an anthem to failed society and a song of uplifted on days when I feel like there is no

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