ROGER STEFFENS SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT AFTER HIS COMMENTS ON SNOOP LION!

I by no means wish to disrespect the other four nominees in the reggae Grammy category. All of those artists — Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Ziggy Marley and Sly & Robbie — have made fine, interesting albums.

Top: Roger Steffens Bottom: Steffens with Peter Tosh

Snoop, in attempting to co-opt the tenets of Rasta and present himself as a convert, cheapens the Rasta movement.

I noted this week he presented himself in concert as Snoopzilla. It is his cunning cultural appropriation that I find unappealing.

Snoop Lion

Snoop Lion

As for ‘lisawright’s’ uninformed comments about me (even deliberately misspelling my name), yes, I did know Bob Marley personally and travelled with him for two weeks in November, 1979 on his ‘Survival’ tour.

He was the first guest on our Reggae Beat radio show in LA.

This past winter I spent two months, at the request of (Aston) ‘Family Man’ Barrett on the road with the Wailers band, as opening act on their ‘Survival Revival’ tour.

I am not a “self proclaimed reggae expert,” and have never made that claim. However, others have said that about me based on my 40 years of study and devotion to the subject. But as far as I’m concerned, an expert is just someone from out of town.

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