Reggae icon Bob Marley and current reggae trailblazer Chronixx continue to fly the Jamaican and reggae banners high. Both Bob Marley and Chronixx made the playlist of some 46 songs selected by the United States Presidential Inaugural Committee of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to mark the 46th president's inauguration, set to take place this coming Wednesday (Jan. 20), at the US Capitol.
From the vast treasury of classics belonging to the artiste who gave the world the album of the century, the committee selected 'Could You Be Loved' to be on its playlist. 'Eternal Light', a collaborative effort by Chronixx and Free Nationals, was also drafted for the list
With a highly charged political climate presently occurring in the United States of America, it is perfectly befitting, and a genius stroke to incorporate reggae music and its symbolism in the president's inauguration.
Reggae music and specifically Bob Marley and The Wailers' songs are often seen as songs of "healing" throughout the world. This rings true for as far back as its inception, reggae has been used to bridge divides and "heal" souls in politically charged stand-offs such as the protests against the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s, protests against apartheid in the 1970s and 80s, and many other protests across the world.
In a press release from the committee, Benoni Tagoe states: "We know that music has the power to bring people together, and after a year of national challenges and division, we hope this collection serves as an indication of a new beginning, positive change, and a reminder that music of all types is a common language."
Also making the committee's playlist are Daryl Hall and John Oates' 'You Make My Dreams Come True', Dua Lipa's 'Levitating', 'Higher Love' by Kygo and Whitney Houston, SZA's 'Good Days', Bill Wither's 'Lovely Day', Bruce Springsteen's 'We Take Care Of Our Own', Mary J. Blige's 'Work That', and others.
The complete playlist is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple.