- Burning Spear
Infobox musical artist
Name = Burning Spear
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Winston Rodney
Born = March 1, 1945
Years_active = 1969 – present
URL = [http://www.burningspear.net/ www.burningspear.net]
Winston Rodney, OD (born
March 1, 1948Thompson, Dave:"Reggae & Caribbean Music", 2002, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6] [Larkin, Colin: "The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae", 1998, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9] ), also known as Burning Spear, is a Grammy Awardwinning Jamaican roots reggae singerand musician. Like many famous Jamaican reggae artists, Burning Spear is known for his Rastafari movementmessages. Rodney was born in Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica, as were Bob Marleyand 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 introducing him to Clement Dodd. Burning Spear was originally Rodney's group, named after Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime Ministerand Presidentof an independent Kenya, and initially including bass singer Rupert Willington, later expanding to include tenor Delroy Hinds. As fame took hold the name of the group gradually became synonymous with Rodney.
Burning Spear is one of the strongest proponents of Marcus Garvey's self-determination and self-reliance for all African descendants, thus leading to several album releases in commemoration of the Jamaican activist.
In 2002, Burning Spear and his wife,
Sonia Rodneywho has produced a number of his albums, founded Burning Spear Records. [ [http://www.darmik.com/web/free_text.php?id=77 Darmik ] ]
Burning Spear advocates messages of honesty, peace, and love, which tie in with his religious and political messages of Rastafarianism and black unity. Along with his musical message, the Spear continues to tour all over the world. His concerts often last 2 hours long with several bongo drum solos by Burning Spear himself.
Burning Spear was awarded the
Order of Distinctionin the rank of Officer on October 15, 2007. [ [http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/html/20071015T230000-0500_128382_OBS_ARTISTES_PRESENTED_WITH_NATIONAL_AWARDS.asp Artistes presented with national awards - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM ] ]
Burning Spear won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album at the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000 for Calling Rastafari. He has been nominated for a total of 11 Grammy Awards. [ [http://theenvelope.latimes.com/factsheets/ Fact Sheets - The Envelope - LA Times ] ]
Nominations for Best Reggae Album
People of the World
Live in Paris Zenith '88
Mek We Dweet
*1994 The World Should Know
Appointment with His Majesty
The Burning Spear Experience
* [http://www.burningspear.net/ Official site of Burning Spear]
* [http://www.burningspear.net/blog/ Winston Rodney's Blog]
* [http://www.burning-spear.com/ Unofficial site of Burning Spear]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fifuxqq5ldfe Bio site at allmusic.com]
* [http://www.musicbox-online.com/bspr-int.html Our Music: Past, Present, and Future with Burning Spear] - The Music Box, Vol. 12, #11
* [http://brucecmoore.com/pages/burningspear.html Live performance images]
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