February 9, 2012 – 4:30 am

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Zimbabwe 1980 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Zimbabwe Independence Day Celebrations, Rufaro Stadium, Harare (Salisbury), Zimbabwe; April 18, 1980. Fair to good audio. This show has been listed as a soundboard but the general feeling is that it is an audience recording.

Bob Marley would have celebrated his 67th birthday on February 6 had he lived. While there are better performed and certainly better-sounding Bob Marley shows being shared, here is one that fans would probably want to have a copy in their collection. For some, the sound may be rough but that’s history happening right in front of you. And would Bob Marley, if he was still alive, have supported Robert Mugabe today?

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2005.

Here are some notes that came with the show:

This is the genuine soundboard source of the show from Zimbabwe’s Independence Day on April 18, 1980, in the Rufaro Stadium of Harare (then-called Salisbury), also called the ‘riots show’. There is a lot of confusion with the second concert performed one day later on April 19, 1980, at the same venue, which had been filmed on video; parts of that video appeared on the Caribbean Nights docu, and in the music video of Slogans. There are many mislabeled bootlegs circulating stating to be from the Independence Day celebrations which actually are all from the second concert. The second concert featured the setlist: Natural Mystic, Positive Vibration, Roots, Rock, Reggae, Lively Up Yourself, Zimbabwe, Running Away, Crazy Baldhead, Get Up, Stand Up and Exodus.

The story of the first concert is as follows:

After the official Zimbabwean flag had been raised, the performance of Bob Marley & The Wailers was announced. The audience consisted of assembled dignitaries and the media, including… Zimbabwe’s first Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, Britain’s Prince Charles and India’s Indira Gandhi.

The performance begun with Positive Vibration and went on well with Them Belly Full and Roots, Rock, Reggae. The Zimbabwean crowd outside the stadium hearing Marley singing got angry and pressed against the stadium’s gates. During I Shot The Sheriff, the police answered by firing tear gas. Marley and the band were escorted to safety. That’s the point where the soundboard cuts.

After some minutes Marley came back onstage and shouted ‘Freedom!’, while a crisp English voice from the other end of the stadium announced: ‘Bob Marley, you have exactly two minutes left.’ The band played War which faded into No More Trouble. Now running a quarter of an hour over their allotted two minutes, The Wailers performed Zimbabwe, with the entire audience joining in the chorus line. Then the concert was definitely cancelled.

Further comments:
Shot The Sheriff’ is cut; incomplete, missing War/No More Trouble and Zimbabwe, likely not circulating. Sound is a bit hissy, but still good quality.

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Track 01. Intro 0:42 (1.1MB)
Track 02. Positive Vibration 4:52 (7.7MB)
Track 03. Them Belly Full 3:43 (5.9MB)
Track 04. Roots, Rock, Reggae 4:38 (7.4MB)
Track 05. I Shot The Sheriff /cut 2:54 (4.6MB)

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  1. 2 Responses to “BOB MARLEY - THE RIOTS SHOW 1980”

  2. FREEDOM! A word tossed around by politicians and rich thugs trying to deny the middle and lower classes that very thing. Bob Marley’s work captures that spirit and urges the people to “Get Up, Stand Up”. FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE - IT MUST BE EARNED ( EVERY DAY ). Thanks, BigO, for allowing us a little taste of freedom…

    By TDC on Feb 9, 2012

  3. thanks, big-O!!!


    By I-) on Feb 9, 2012

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