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Burning Spear

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.

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