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Winston Rodney's (aka Burning Spear) first live waxing remains as righteous a live reggae disc you're ever gonna feast upon. Well, this recent live double shot is hardly its predecessor's equal, but Rodney is still one of the truly great voices in reggae. So even when the going gets rough, or boring, or meanders into Jah oblivion, he's still worth the price of admission. His new band (complete with all-female horn section) is a tightly skanking bunch of bohunks who negotiate the labyrinthine rhythmic pulsation with grace and panache. And while the material here is no match for earlier stuff like "Marcus Garvey," "Slavery Days" and "Man in the Hills," it stacks up well by comparison, especially "Spear Burning" and "Creation Rebel." [In 2004 Zenith was re-released in an expanded edition on the Burning Music Productions label with an extra disc of bonus material.] ~ John Dougan, Option, Rovi


Born: 01 March 1948 in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most brilliant and respected roots artists in Jamaica's history, Burning Spear (aka Winston Rodney) has unleashed a host of classic dread records over the years. Part Rastafarian preacher, part black historian, more than any other roots artist, Burning Spear has illuminated Rastafarianism in song, sharing his beliefs with an avid public. Born in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, in 1948, it was another St. Ann's native, Bob Marley, who set Rodney off to Kingston and a fateful meeting with Studio...
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