A 1979 radio interview with Bob Marley denouncing Russia and the United States for trying to make their way to the Caribbean, and Jacob Miller comparing the two global superpowers to post-war cartoon characters Heckle and Jeckle, has begun circulating in social media, since The Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The interview, which took place in St. Maarten in 1979 was performed by journalist Dave Douglas during a trip to the island’s reggae icons after spending time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The exchange saw Marley and Miller, who were close friends, at their most controversial moment, as they addressed issues of race and international politics during the Cold War era, with Gong declaring that both the U.S. and Russia were cut from the same cloth.
When the interviewer mentioned to Bob that there would possibly be “a big fight” in the Caribbean and that the United States and Russia “were going to take some of the Caribbean islands,” and asked Marley his thoughts, the Small ax The singer was “great and deadly” in his response.
“Well, my estimate of these two thieves is that Russia and America are two older friends. And all they do is work on a psychological war against poor people that people believe there will be a war while these whores come in. and they control, “Marley said bluntly.
“If it’s not the control of the United States, it will be Russia. Two to two to say the same ting. It’s just two white men who have these ways of controlling blacks,” he said, referring to then-President Jimmy. Carter, and Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
“Blacks are now! Now is the time for blacks! Black people,” Marley said, raising her voice.
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Jovial Jacob, known for his comedy, added his own thoughts, comparing the two countries and their leadership to the masquerades.
“Dem man deh comin com Heckle and Jeckle; dem two bredda deh: America and Russia. Heckle and bl_dclaat Jeckle. That means I don’t want any more! he mocked.
“We are independent. We don’t have America going to beg for anything or Russia going to beg for anything. We will be prepared to think of ourselves as Rasta; rights of blacks ”, the Mr. Officer the artist had added.
Bob Marley had also reasoned that while leaders were in positions of power, they were only human and, as such, were equal and not better than anyone else.
“We have a right to live. All the people people praised were babies once. Babies. Madda breastfeed them. Dem sh * t up demself; dem madda net dem and dem today are great leaders. Nothing bad with that, but there are still kids born today and these kids have modern ideas about how life should go and some boys who used to live in the 17s can be used.th century tell us what to do in this 1980s. We are young; we have to decide our own destiny, “said the 35-year-old.
During the interview, Bob was asked about a concert in which he was to perform in Granada.
However, Marley had said as a rascal that he was apolitical, and that by acting on that island he would have given the impression that he supported Maurice Marx’s Marxist regime, so a concert was not planned for him.
“We would love to do a concert in Granada for the people of Granada, but the way the concert was being organized was that it looked like we were going to defend Marxism. We do not defend Marxism or capitalism; we are strictly rasta! ” he declared.
Jacob, for his part, stated that the people of St. Maarten had to make sure to defend his rights.
“You, as a black man, defend your rights, because I come from German and French. A weh di black man deh? Inna di miggle. Yeah, she’s not going. and German? And a yah suh oonu she oonu comes? An Africa with a broad agreement, but oonu haffi defend you whenever oonu deh yah, “he said.
Jacob Miller, who was the lead singer of the band Inner Circle, died in a car accident on Hope Road in Kingston on March 23, 1980, at the age of 27.
Bob Marley died at the age of 36 on May 11, 1981, in Miami, as a result of acral lentiginous melanoma, which was diagnosed in 1977.