Reggae is bigger than Bob Marley: Grace Jones

Grace Jones
Grace Jones

In a world which still tries to force the evil and false philosophy of white supremacy down the throat of the people, they would have us believe that Bob Marley is bigger than Reggae because of his white father.  The truth is, while Bob Marley gained international fame and fortune from reggae music, he pales in comparison to some of the real geniuses of Reggae music.

Today we look at Grace Jones.

Grace Jones was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica on May 19, 1948.  The Taurus was the daughter of a minister of religion and therefore grew up in a strict Christian household.  She attributes what is sometimes described as her outlandish behavior on her strict and suppressed upbringing.

At age 13, she moved to New York to join her parents who had migrated a few years earlier.  She became interested in music immediately, not just the Jamaican music she left on the island but also the new genres of music she was being introduced to in New York.

In 1977, Jones secured a record deal with Island Records the same label that at some point had reggae greats like Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley and the Wailers. Initially she became a star of New York City’s Studio 54-centred disco scene. In the early 1980s, she moved toward a new wave style that drew on reggae, funk, post-punk, and pop music, frequently collaborating with both the graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude and the musical duo Sly and Robbie. Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985). She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with Pull Up to the Bumper, I’ve Seen That Face Before, Private Life, and Slave to the Rhythm.

Jones continues to shock and thrill audiences. In 2012, she earned a new legion of fans when she performed at the the Diamond Jubilee concert in honour of Britiain’s Queen Elizabeth II. While singing Slave To The Rhythm, Jones performed with a hula hoop for the entire four minutes of the track.

So why isn’t Grace Jones talked about by Jamaicans the way Bob Marley is?  Because her mother and father were both Black so they never got the stamp of approval from white people. Unfortunately, most Black people (especially in Jamaica) only value what white people tell them is valuable.

 

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