Burning Man Burning Spear, Recaptures Musical Freedom
reggaewire | August 19, 2008 at 11:16 pmby
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"Bob was traveling with a donkey and all these various plants," explained Burning Spear in a statement. "Bob was young, dreadlocks just start to spring. I was asking Bob how I could get started and where could I go to get that start. He asked me if I know Studio One."
However, after experiencing firsthand the brutality of some recording contracts there, Burning Spear and his wife/manager Sonia Rodney learned the importance of hanging onto his copyrights. Now, the couple either owns or has acquired the entire Burning Spear back catalog with the exception of a few songs, for which EMI says it cannot find the contracts, according to a spokeswoman. They plan on getting those back as well.
"You cannot remain silent while people trample on your rights," wrote the the 63 year old musician on his MySpace page. " For years reggae artist have been going through hell. None 'as any respect for us. Records label continue to collect our publishing, and royalty without paying us, even when agreements are up. Then when I-man manufacture my own CDs and watch as this illegal distribution label start to control all what mines. I decided I would no longer be silent's."
Burning Spear's own label, Burning Music, released his latest album, Jah Is Real, on August 17 (Marcus Garvey's birthday).
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