Winston Rodney, better known by the stage name Burning Spear, is a Jamaican roots reggae singer and musician. Burning Spear is a Rastafarian and one of the most influential and long-standing roots artist to emerge out of the 1970s.
His profile was raised further by an appearance in the film “Rockers“, performing “Jah no Dead”. ¬†Burning Spear was originally Rodney’s group, named after a military award given by¬†Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime Minister and President of an independent¬†Kenya,¬†and including bass singer Rupert Willington.
Burning Spear spent decades touring extensively, and several live albums have been issued including¬†Burning Spear Live,¬†Live in Paris,¬†Live in South Africa,¬†Live in Vermont,¬†Peace and Love Live,¬†Live at Montreux Jazz Festival¬†and¬†(A)live 1997.¬†Burning Spear was awarded the¬†Order of Distinction¬†in the rank of Officer on 15 October 2007.
His 2008 studio album,¬†Jah is Real¬†won the Grammy Award in 2009 for best reggae album. It was the third completely self-produced and independent CD released on the¬†Burning Music¬†label. The two previous CDs were the Grammy nominated¬†Freeman¬†from 2003 and¬†Our Music¬†which was released in 2005 to critical acclaim.
Since the mid-1990s, he has been based in¬†Queens, New York.