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What is a 'buffalo soldier'?

A very quick Google would have scored the Wiki as the first hit: Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866, at Fort ...
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Get Up, Stand Up: Almighty God is a living man

I think you're right; it's almost certainly a reference to Haile Selassie. Here we see that Marley once said in an interview: I would say to the people, Be still, and know that His Imperial Majesty, ...
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What is the significance behind so many uses of the word "murder" in old school reggae lyrics?

Murder means "serious business". A reggae performer of that era once explained it like that in a radio interview on a London radio station back then. So not literally murder, but a colourful word for "...
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Can you identify this reggae song: "et ma lutte et ma chute et ma oueri"

Thanks to Bebs for giving the crucial hint by transliterating some key lyrics: I think this is actually Desmond Dekker's "007 (Shanty Town)" (1967). The time frame is right, and the actual lyric is "...
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What was the Reggae state of the art when Bob Marley started?

When Bob Marley started it was the Wailing Wailers and it wasn't even reggae. It was called ska and is the predcessor and that which gave birth to reggae. It was a vibrant time in Jamaica, as the ...
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Is the old myth of reggae's creation true?

Jamaica - A land where many cultures came together mostly through slavery from the Spaniards and the Brits. Many people started hiding in the jungles to avoid them. Dj's and Musicians at that time ...
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What was the Reggae state of the art when Bob Marley started?

Actually Bob Marley was indeed one of the first Reggay (Reggae) artists. The first song credited with being Reggae is (Toots and)The Maytals - Do The Reggay ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Usage of headless guitars on reggae

No it's not a genre specific trend. In fact personally I associate a headless guitar more with metal than anything else. They are starting to get more popular with all guitarists in general. One ...
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Riddims and covers in reggae

In modern Reggae terms I don't think there is an agreement but they would defently pay royalties. Most of the best and well known riddims will come from Reggae golden eara. Back in the day it was a ...
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Why is Bhangra music often fused with Jamaican/Reggae music?

The influential 1993 album No Reservations, by the British Asian group Apache Indian, first fused Bhangra and raggamuffin-style dancehall reggae, giving birth to the hybrid subgenre known as "...
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Can you identify this reggae song: "et ma lutte et ma chute et ma oueri"

Gregory Isaacs in 1975 released the single Babylon Too Rough that has the line: Them a walk, them a shoot, them a loot sometimes reverted Them a walk, them a loot, them a shoot "Shoot" sounds ...
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Meaning of "Darling she said 'I was yours to be seen'" in Desmond Dekker's Israelites?

It's a mis-heard lyric. The line is "'Darling', she said, 'I was yours to receive.'" Source - Trojan Records Official YouTube channel, video with lyrics. Not that that makes it much clearer ...
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Get Up, Stand Up: Almighty God is a living man

I think that Marley here wants to underline that man is the god - people can be as powerful as a god.
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