Happy Independence Day Jamaica!

August 6th, 1962, INDEPENDENCE DAY! A day that will light up the island of Jamaica until the end of time. Free from three centuries of British rule, ecstatic Jamaicans launched fireworks into the sky as Jamaican flags were lowered all over the island. On this day, National Stadium was filled with over 20,000 emotional people celebrating one of the greatest days of Jamaica. Former Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante gave a poignant analysis of what independence meant to the Jamaican people: “Independence means the opportunity for us to frame our own destiny and the need for us to rely on ourselves in so doing. It does not mean a license to do as we would like. It means work and law and order. Let us resolve to build a Jamaica which will last and of which we and generations to come will be proud, remembering that especially at this time the eyes of the world are upon us.” Today marks 52 years of Independence for the island that has one of the biggest cultural and religious impacts in the world. 
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(Children gather round Norman W Manley during Jamaica’s Independence Day celebrations {Getty}) 

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Princess Margaret arrives at Gordon House to open the first Parliament of Jamaica.

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“The Daily Gleaner” August 8th, 1962

If you’ve never heard the Jamaican National Anthem or the Jamaican Pledge, take a moment and listen to these beautiful words sung and recited.

Bob Marley Transforms on New Legend: Remixed Album

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FACT: Bob Marley’s music is timeless. Period. Over the years, artists of all genres, from funk to punk and everything in between, have felt a kinship to the records made by The Wailers. The music has now become so deeply engrained in memory banks that many producers are weaving the spirit of Bob’s sound into their work. With that idea in mind, the Legend: Remixed album was born.

Building on the foundation of one of the greatest hits albums ever, the Legend: Remixed album transforms the reggae classic into an all-star EDM remix creation. Overseen by producer Jason Bently, the album brings together major stars like Thievery Corporation and Pretty Lights with reggae heroes like Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley and Lee “Scratch” Perry.

With a street date of June 25, the Legend: Remixed album is a must-hear record, no matter whether you prefer reggae or electronic music. Strap on a pair of our over-ear headphones and check out the album’s trailer below. Then, read our picks for the five best remixes on the record and be prepared to have your mind blown by these epic tracks.

“Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)”

LegendRemixed1Importing a throbbing and stuttering bass into “Waiting In Vain,” this classically tight Marley song has turned into a spacious affair on Legend: Remixed. Although primarily known as the frontman of country-rockers My Morning Jacket, the song’s producer Jim James created a minimal sound that plays primarily off Bob’s backing vocals and some light drum and horn sounds.

“Stir It Up (Ziggy Marley Remix)”

LegendRemixed2Handling his father’s song with deft care, Ziggy Marley stripped down “Stir It Up” to its bare bones and lovingly recreated it from the ground up. Filled with lush synthesizers and hand clap-inducing drums, the new remix has maximized the song’s original anthemic quality by 200 percent.

“Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)”

LegendRemixed3Bob Marley’s legendary version of “Get Up Stand Up” is very much based on the earthy sounds of Jamaican. However, the Thievery Corporation, an electronic/dub/acid jazz duo from Washington D.C., blast the track into outer space, almost nearly past Lee “Scratch” Perry’s home planet. Honoring the traditional dub sound, the Legend: Remixed track is smothered in heavy reverb.

“Exodus (Pretty Lights Remix)”

LegendRemixed4“Exodus”, perhaps more than any other track on the Legend: Remixed album, captures the spirit of this remix record. The Pretty Lights version of the classic Marley song hits all of the EDM trademarks, including soaring to major highs over static-filled drums and dropping a huge bass bomb.

“Buffalo Soldier (Stephen Marley Remix)”

LegendRemixed5Despite being known as an amazing reggae musician, Stephen Marley shows off his technical tenacity with his intense EDM production work on “Buffalo Soldier.” Rounding out the Legend: Remixed album, the track expands on the horns of the original version and brings a new tension via needling electronic sounds and a bit of Daft Punk atmospherics.