Kaya is the tenth studio album released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1978. The album consists of tracks recorded alongside those present on the Exodus album in 1977. The album has a very relaxed, laid back sound, lacking much of the militant quality of the Wailers lyrically and musically. They received criticism for 'going soft' as a result of the general sound of the album as well as the theme: songs primarily revolving around love, as well as marijuana.
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Kaya was initially released just one month ahead of Bob Marley & The Wailers headlining the legendary One Love Peace Concert at The National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on April 22, 1978, an event that featured 16 of reggae’s biggest acts. One Love Peace was heralded as Marley’s triumphant return to his native soil, following his long exile in London after having fled the country as a result of a December 1976 assassination attempt at his Kingston homestead.
And the palpable musical tension that simmered beneath the surface on the Wailers' earlier material gave way to a more laid-back riddim that was more comfortable but a bit less demanding. Kaya presented a gentler and friendlier version of Bob Marley & the Wailers, but it also documented Marley and his group at the peak of their abilities
This celebratory Bob Marley & The Wailers album is, quite possibly, their most deeply spiritual work, joyous in its tone and unifying in its themes of commonality and tolerance. Songs like the soulful "Easy Skanking," the thunderously ominous "Running Away," and the enduringly tender "Is This Love" feel like hymns of praise for the Rastafarian lifestyle. Listen to this LP for yourself and the power of kaya-which can mean home, mindfulness, or even marijuana-will feel vibrantly clear. Kaya (Remastered) Bob Marley.
The Kaya album was recorded one year after the assassination attempt on Marley’s life. It has sometimes been criticized for having abandoned revolutionary concepts in favor of more light-hearted love songs. To this, Marley responded: People don't understand that we live in this earth too. We don't sing these songs and live in the sky. I don't have an army behind me-if I did, I wouldn't care, I'd just get more militant! Because I'd know, well, I have 50,000 armed youth and when I talk, I talk from strength. But you have to know how you're dealing
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Stephen’s goal, in mixing and creating the Kaya 40 version of the album, was to create a balance that drew heavily from the original versions and try and keep things as authentic sounding as possible. Curiously, according to the label, due to ‘technical issues’ Easy Skanking on the second disc will be the original 1978 mix not a Stephen Marley reworking.