YES- I WAS A TEACHER, MENTOR AND CLOSE BRETHREN TO BOB MARLEY AND THE OTHER TRENCH TOWN REGGAE LEGENDS, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN. BOB LEARNED A LOT FROM ALL OF US IN TRENCH TOWN. I TAUGHT HIM MUCH OF WHAT HE HAS TOLD THE WORLD IN REGGAE MUSIC- THE SAME MUSIC I NAMED AND HELPED TO CREATE. BOB BECAME ONE OF US, AND WAS PROTECTED BY US. MY FAMILY, INCLUDING MY SIBLINGS HELPED TO PROTECT HIM.HE TOLD THE WORLD EXACTLY WHAT HE LEARNED FROM US, BUT HE WAS NOT FINISHED. YOU HAVE TO LIVE THIS HISTORY TO KNOW IN DETAIL WHAT I KNOW. WHO FEELS IT, KNOWS IT. I AM RAS CARDO WHO CREATED REGGAE AND THE MUSIC WHICH BOB MARLEY AND OTHERS DELIVERED TO THE WORLD. WE COME FROM- TRENCH TOWN.MY REGGAE WILL FREE AFRICA, AND ALL AFRICANS. SO HELP I JAH!

EXCERPT (c)  A REGGAE EDUCATION FOR A HEALING OF THE NATIONS.- RAS CARDO SPEAKS.

WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN LOVE AND TRUTH

I HAVE BEEN ASKED BY COUNTLESS NUMBER OF PEOPLE ABOUT MY STUDENT, BRETHREN, CONFIDANT, AND LATE PROPHET- BOB MARLEY THAT I HAVE GOTTEN TO THE POINT OF IT BEING TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT.

I MUST HOWEVER REITERATE THE TRUTH AS I HAVE TOLD EVERYONE THAT OUR TRENCH TOWN WORKS IN THE HISTORY, AND CULTURAL LEGACY, REGGAE INCLUDED, IS SACROSANCT.

THE EVIL ONES HAVE TAKEN HIM AWAY FROM US AS THEY LATER DID WITH MY BRETHREN PETER TOSH, JUNIOR BRAITHWAITE AND OTHERS.

THEIR CHILDREN NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO KNOW THEM. THEY NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE.

SO MANY LIES AND FALSEHOODS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THEM THAT I WILL NOT WASTE TIME TO GIVE IT CREDENCE.

WHAT BOB TOLD THE WORLD WAS WHAT HE LEARNED FROM US, AND WITH HIS OWN INGENUITY DELIVERED TO THE PEOPLE.

AS YOUTHS IN TRENCH TOWN IN THE EARLY SIXTIES WE LEARNED TO DEAL WITH THE MANY CHANGING REALITIES OF LIFE AND DEATH.

FOR THOSE WHO WILL READ THIS AND THINK THAT IT WAS EASY FOR US, I HAVE NO TIME TO ENTERTAIN YOUR STUPIDITY AND IGNORANCE.

TRY MAKING MUSIC WHEN YOUR LIFE IS IN CONSTANT DANGER. WHO FEELS IT, KNOWS IT.

JAH HAS PRESERVED I AND I FOR THIS TIME TO DELIVER THESE TRUTHS TO YOU.

EVERYTHING I HAVE TOLD YOU HAS BEEN TRUE. EVERYTHING BOB AND PETER HAS TOLD YOU WAS TRUE.

YEARS TO COME, IF THE WORLD SURVIVES, PEOPLE WILL BE LISTENING AND READING ABOUT US IN WAYS OF TRUTH IN THE PROPHETIC MESSAGES WE HAVE DELIVERED TO THE PEOPLE.

WHEN I CREATED REGGAE AND THE MUSIC WHICH CARRIES ITS MESSAGES, TRENCH TOWN AND THE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLES WHICH INCLUDED OUR PARENTS AND FAMILIES WAS OUR HOME.

FOR ME TO TELL YOU THAT TRENCH TOWN WAS SAFE FOR US WOULD SEEM TO CONTRADICT WHAT OTHERS HAVE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE VIOLENCE.

THIS MAY SEEM PARADOXICAL, BUT IT WAS IN REALITY- VERY TRUE.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SO- CALLED EXPERTS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY WOULD NEED TO ASK ME TO ENLIGHTEN THEM ABOUT.

WE DID NOT ESCAPE THE VIOLENCE, WE LEARNED TO LIVE THROUGH IT.

WE KNEW THE SOURCE. WE KNEW THE CAUSE.

MY BRETHRENS WERE KILLED , NOT IN TRENCH TOWN, BUT WHEN THEY HAD LEFT.

THOSE WHO WISHED THAT I WOULD OPEN THE DOOR TO FULL DISCLOSURE OF OUR HISTORICAL LEGACY ARE WAITING IN VAIN.

THE ARCHIVES IN JAMAICA DO NOT KNOW WHAT I KNOW ABOUT OUR REGGAE LEGACY.

THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS DO NOT HAVE WHAT I HAVE IN THE HISTORY.

95-98% OF WHAT IS WRITTEN ABOUT BOB MARLEY AND PETER TOSH IS NOT TRUE. IT IS CHIEFLY HEARSAY- A WHO SAID WHAT TO WHO ETC.

I CAN TELL YOU BY NAME, EACH AND EVERYONE WHO WAS WITH US WHEN WE WERE CREATING AND MAKING MUSIC IN TRENCH TOWN.

I WILL CALL OUT THE IMPOSTERS AS THEY MAKE THEMSELVES VISIBLE. THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED MY WRITINGS OVER THE YEARS FROM OTHER SOURCES HAVE SEEN THOSE I HAVE MENTIONED THUS FAR.

REGGAE IMPOSTERS ARE MANY, AND THERE IS ALWAYS A PIRATE AROUND EVERY CORNER TRYING TO REAP WHAT HE DID NOT SOW.

WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME ABOUT BOB MARLEY THEY DO IT IN WAYS SO DUBIOUS AS IF TO ASK- DID YOU REALLY KNOW BOB MARLEY? I WOULD OFTEN SMILE AND SAY TO THEM- DID BOB MARLEY REALLY KNOW ABOUT ME IN TRENCH TOWN, ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHERS BRETHRENS AND SISTRENS.?

BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS- BOB MARLEY CAME TO LIVE WITH US IN TRENCH TOWN, AND MY PARENTS AND SIBLINGS WERE THE ONES WHO WELCOMED, GUIDED AND PROTECTED HIM.

WE WERE NOT ALONE, FOR THERE WERE MANY OF US WHO HELPED HIM TO FEEL WANTED AND LOVED. HE BECAME ONE OF US.

THIS TRUTH IS DIFFICULT FOR OTHERS TO UNDERSTAND SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN FED WITH THE VIOLENCE AND POVERTY THAT IS TRENCH TOWN.

THOSE PEOPLE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY- BOTH IN JAMAICA AND ABROAD WILL HAVE YOU FOCUS ON JUST THE MUSIC OF BOB MARLEY, BUT THEY CANNOT TELL YOU BEYOND OR BEFORE THAT. THEY WILL LEAD YOU DIRECTLY TO THE MUSIC HE HAS MADE SINCE THEY CANNOT TELL YOU ABOUT HIS- BEFORE THE MUSIC LIFE.

FOR ANYONE TO TRY AND MAKE A MOVIE DEPICTING THE TRUTH IN THE LIFE OF BOB MARLEY OR OF PETER TOSH THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE HAD WHAT I ARCHIVE IN THE REGGAE ARK OF THE COVENANT. AND I KNOW THAT THEY WILL NEVER KNOW THAT. THE TRUE LEGACY IS IN THE DETAILS OF THE HISTORY.

ALL OF JAH MESSENGERS AND PROPHETS ARE APPOINTED TO DO JAH WORKS.

SO, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED ME TO REVISIT THIS QUEST FOR REGGAE KNOWLEDGE, I RAS CARDO HOPE THAT YOUR THIRST HAS QUENCHED. PEACE!

(c) RAS CARDO SPEAKS FOR A HEALING OF THE NATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

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