March 1 is the 76th birthday of Winston Rodney, the reggae singer better known as Burning Spear. Burning Spear is the living embodiment of roots reggae; his music is the deepest, the most meditative, and at the same time the most politically charged music that's ever been made in Jamaica.
In celebration of his birthday, I'm going to spin a set of some of my favorite Burning Spear music. A proper tribute to him would take hours, so use this set as a launching pad for your own exploration of this brilliant artist.
Also this week (Monday March 1, 3:00-5:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site): my favorite reggae singles of early 2021, a tribute to toaster U-Roy who passed away on February 17, a cynical look at the former Yugoslavia on the occasion of Bosnia & Herzegovina's Independence Day, Afropop from Mali and Senegal, and a wonderful new Ghanaian highlife single from Florence Adooni.