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Survival is a 1979 album by Bob Marley. It was his most political effort, a Concept Album about Africa.


Side One

  1. "So Much Trouble In The World"
  2. "Zimbabwe"
  3. "Top Rankin'"
  4. "Babylon System"
  5. "Survival"

Side Two

  1. "Africa Unite"
  2. "One Drop"
  3. "Ride Natty Ride"
  4. "Ambush In The Night"
  5. "Wake Up And Live"

Original Jamaican and US copies flip the sides and move "Wake Up And Live" to the start.

So Much Tropes In The World


  • Concept Album : Virtually every track concerns a corrupt political system and the rise of people against it.
  • Darker and Edgier : Regarded as this to "Kaya", although several of the songs are as laidback musically as that album (in particular, "One Drop".
  • Harsher in Hindsight : At the time of this LP, Robert Mugabe was in the running for president of Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) and appears on the "Survival" single cover. He eventually won the presidency, and time has shown he was not exactly the saviour people hoped.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "Ambush In The Night" deals with the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny : This was a pretty revolutionary message for a mainstream musician at the time. It predates Live Aid, and even the renaming of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. However, it is easy for reggae listeners to miss this due to the frequent African themes in reggae music.
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  • Working Title: "Black Survival", which Bob changed as he wanted everyone to relate to the message.


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