A Brief History of Seven Killings — Papa Lo Struggle & Unity Mix

7 Killings and 45s

As I read Marlon James’ Man Booker winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings I was “listening” to different chunes in my head throughout the book. If you haven’t read the book, it is divided into two parts, with the first half detailing the turmoil roiling Jamaica in the days leading up to the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

While little actual music is detailed in the story, with vivid scenes and characters that ring authentic, having a bit of knowledge of reggae made it easy to imagine what might have been playing on radios tucked in the background. I decided to split the mix aligning with the book; with part one being some 70′s rasta upliftment, and the other some rough’n tough 80′s ragga. I didn’t absolutely adhere to time and place, but I did absolutely adhere to an all vinyl mix.

Part Two will be posted at the end of the summer.

Bring fire pon Babylon


Track List:
Culture- Two Sevens Clash / The Abyssians- Satta Massagana / Hortense Ellis- Woman of the Ghetto / Wareika Hill Sounds- Sweet Incense / Marcia Griffiths- Stepping Out of Babylon / Johnny Clarke- Declaration of Rights / The Revolutionaries- Jah Rastafari / Niney The Observer- Thief / The Mighty Diamonds- Dredlocks Time / The Upsetters- Groove Dubbers / Bob Marley- Belly Full / Culture- Iron Sharpening Iron / Peter Tosh- Stepping Razor / Freddie McGregor- Jah Help The People / Althea & Donnna- If You Don’t Love Jah / Black Uhuru- Stalk of Sensimilla / Barrington Levy- Jah Life / Jah Stitch- From The East to The West / Clint Eastwood- Faith Move Mountain / Ranking Spence- Go De Natty / The Congos- Fisherman / Gregory Isaacs- Created By The Father / Junior Reid- Black Man’s Seed / Dennis Brown- Whip Them Jah Jah / Sugar Minott- Africa is The Black Man’s Home / Barry Brown- Jah Jah Guide Them / Junior Murvin- Police & Thieves