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Zimbabwe: Bob Marley's Song That Fueled A Massive Revolution

By Mustafa Gatollari

There are some songs that become symbolic for a group of people for one reason or another. It could be due to timing, political climate, social changes, or just the fact that the music was just really, really good.

For rebel soldiers fighting for their independence in then-British owned Rhodesia in 1979, a combination of all of the above led them to pick Bob Marley's song, 'Zimbabwe" as the chant of their revolution. They sang it to inspire themselves and others on their way to finally liberating themselves from British control in 1980.