Yes! so many people have asked me about- Bob Marley over the years with either good or bad intentions. So many lies have been written about us and- TRENCH TOWN-Now there are several nefarious and pernicious plans by some who are calling for the demise of reggae. I AM NOT SURPRISED. THE TRUTH STANDS ON ITS OWN. I AM HERE TO DO THAT AND MORE.I AM RAS CARDO FROM TRENCH TOWN WHO CREATED THIS NAME AND GENRE.R.E.G.G.A.E IS: REDEFINING GHETTO GENIUS ANYWHERE/EVERYWHERE, ANYTIME/EVERYTIME. YOU CANNOT-BRAND-IT! IT IS NOT FOR SALE! I AM RAS CARDO!

EXCERPT (c)  A REGGAE EDUCATION, REVELATION, AND WORLD PROPHECY.

WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE OR MALICE- THE TRUTH- WITH NO APOLOGIES.

LET THE RECORDS REFLECT THE FOLLOWING TRUTHS:

ANY ATTEMPTS BY THE VULTURES IN AND OUT OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY TO MISLEAD THE WORLD INTO BELIEVING THAT- BOB MARLEY- WAS NOT ONE OF US, AND WAS NOT LOVED AND CARED FOR , TRUSTED, GUIDED, AND PROTECTED BY US, WILL BE AN EXERCISE IN FUTILITY, AS A MOST DISPARAGING AND EGREGIOUS LIE, AND WILL NEVER STAND! I AM RAS CARDO FROM TRENCH TOWN.

THEY ARE TRYING TO ERASE OUR NAMES FROM THE TRENCH TOWN REGGAE BOOK OF LIFE- TO DECEIVE THE WORLD.

YOU CANNOT- BRAND- REGGAE! YOU CANNOT COMMODITIZE IT! IT IS NOT FOR SALE!

THEY WRITE AND SPEAK ABOUT JUNIOR BRAITHWAITE IN WAYS SO DEMEANING, AND CONDESCENDING THAT OTHERS HAVE COME TO BELIEVE THAT HE WAS NOT A MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN OUR CIRCLES- YET JUNIOR AND I HAD THE BEST VOICES OF ANY IN THE AREA AT THE TIME.

I HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO REVEAL CERTAIN THINGS RELATING TO THE ONGOING CASE. JUSTICE MUST BE GIVEN TO JUNIOR AND TO THE FAMILY HE LEFT BEHIND.

JUNIOR WAS DECEIVED AND BETRAYED BY THOSE WHOM HE TRUSTED, AND WHO  DECIDED THAT HE MUST BE TAKEN OUT OF THE PICTURE. WE ARE AWARE OF THE MOLES WHO MOVE AROUND US.

I HAVE WRITTEN-WE WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING BOB OFF THE GROUND WITH HIS MUSIC. I HAVE THE NAMES OF EVERYONE INVOLVED, AND WOULD DARE ANYONE TO CHALLENGE ME.

FOR ALL THE WORK THAT JOE HIGGS ET AL,  DID FOR BOB MARLEY, AND WHAT HE SHARED WITH OTHERS WHO WERE LIKE PARASITES AROUND HIM CRAVING FOR VALUABLE INFORMATION, JOE DIED – A MAN WAITING FOR HIS REWARD- HE SANG- THERE’S A REWARD FOR ME- A SONG I KNEW WHEN HE FIRST WROTE AND WE SHARED IN ITS REHEARSALS.

THOSE WHO THINK THAT THEY CAN HIDE BEHIND THE NAME OF BOB MARLEY, HIS FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS TO BLATANTLY DECEIVE THE WORLD , AND TO IGNORE AND IMPOVERISHED THE REST OF THOSE WHO BUILT THIS REGGAE FOUNDATION FROM TRENCH TOWN, BETTER THINK AGAIN. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN!

WHEN BOB MARLEY SANG- ” WE COME FROM TRENCH TOWN”- WHO DO YOU THINK HE WAS TALKING ABOUT?

ARE YOU SAYING THAT HE WAS A LIAR?   YOU HYPOCRITES AND STIFF-NECKED FOOLS!

THIS IS THE AGE AND TIME WHEN INFORMATION RUNS THE WORLD, AND THE TRUTHFUL INFORMATION AND REVELATIONS WILL BRING THE REVOLUTION WE HAD PREDICTED WOULD STAND AGAINST THOSE IN BABYLON WHOSE AIMS ARE TO DESTROY US.

MY REGGAE IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF WORLD CHANGES. IT IS LARGER THAN LIFE, FUELED AND POWERED BY THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ALL CREATION.

JAH HAS ANOINTED AND APPOINTED ME TO DO ALL THIS FOR THE PEOPLE.

THE ENEMIES CAN TRY ALL THEY WANT, BUT THEY CAN NEVER CHANGE THE HISTORY, AND IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THEY DO, THAT WILL NOT CHANGE A DAMN THING OF TRUTH.

BUT, THE NAMES AND THE HISTORY I HAVE READS LIKE THOSE IN THE BOOK OF- GENESIS. READS BETTER THAN ANY CENSUS OF THE US AND WORLD COUNTRIES COMBINED. 

THE NOMENCLATURE IS DETAILED AND PROFOUND. EACH AND EVERYONE ACCOUNTED FOR. THE PEOPLE MUST BE REWARDED IN THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE.

WE DID SING- ” MAN TO MAN IS SO UNJUST, YOU DON’T KNOW WHO TO TRUST”. WE, IN TRENCH  TOWN KNEW THE TRUTH. THAT HAS BEEN SOME YEARS AGO , BUT NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

FOR ALL THAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT US, THE TRUTH HAS ALWAYS RISEN TO THE TOP.

SO MANY LIES AND DISTORTIONS TO OUR HISTORY HAVE CAUSED SO MUCH CONFUSION IN THE MINDS OF THOSE WHO SEEK THE TRUTH.

YOU HAVE COLLEGE PROFESSORS AND OTHERS TODAY TRYING TO TEACH OUR REGGAE HISTORY, BY TOTALLY MIS-EDUCATING, AND MISLEADING THEIR STUDENTS AS TO THE LYRICS WE USE IN OUR SONGS.

SO, WHAT IS IT THAT THEY ARE TEACHING, WHEN THEY DO NOT HAVE THE TRUTH?

I CAN TELL YOU WHAT EVERY  SONG THAT THE TRENCH TOWN LEGENDS SANG MEANS, AND THE CONTEXT THAT MADE  THEM POSSIBLE.

YOU HAVE SOME CALLING FOR THE -DEMISE- OF REGGAE WHILE OTHERS ARE TRYING TO CHANGE IT INTO SOMETHING ELSE ON WHICH THEY CAN BEGIN A NEW FEAST.

SOME SAID THAT HE TOLD THEM HIS NAME WAS- “VESTA”, NOT  NESTA.

SOME SAID THAT HE AND PETER BECAME ADVERSARIES, AND HATED EACH OTHER.

SOME SAID THAT HE WAS ADVOCATING VIOLENCE WHEN HE SANG-” I SHOT THE SHERIFF”, AND THAT IT WAS A SONG OF PROTEST. THIS WAS A MOST DIVISIVE MOVE.

SOME SAID HE WAS FOR ONE POLITICAL PARTY AND NOT THE OTHER WHEN HE TRIED TO SHOW THE PEOPLE LOVE IN UNITING- SEAGA AND MANLEY ON STAGE.

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE I COULD STATE, BUT I KNOW THAT THESE ARE ALL LIES WRITTEN AND TOLD AGAINST ONE OF THE MOST LOVED AND TRUSTED HUMAN BEING THAT I WILL EVER KNOW AND HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO IMPACT HIS LIFE AND MUSIC IN MANY WAYS.

HE WAS MY BRETHREN WHOM I MENTORED, CARED FOR, AND REASONED WITH FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE HIS UNTIMELY PASSING. MY PARENTS TOOK HIM UNDER THEIR WINGS, BUT WE WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES.

WHENEVER I SPEAK OF BOB, I ALSO SPEAK OF PETER, JUNIOR, JOE, MY PARENTS AND SO MANY MORE WHICH I COULD MENTION HERE.

SO MANY HAVE ATTEMPTED TO WRITE ABOUT OUR HISTORY- I CAN RECALL A FAIR EFFORT BEING MADE BY WRITER- DERMOTT HUSSEY IN 1984- THE WAILERS- Compiled by Trevor Wyatt.

HE WROTE-”  this musical communion ordained in a steamy tiny kitchen on Third Street in Trench Town”.

TRUE!

THIS KITCHEN WAS IN MY BACKYARD.

HE WENT ON TO WRITE:- ” A YOUTH NAMED- TADO- WHO HAD THE BEST VOICE OF ALL WOULD HAVE BEEN THE NATURAL LEAD, BUT HIS PARENTS INSISTED THAT HE STUDY TO BE A DOCTOR”. 

TODAY, I AM SURE HE REALIZED THAT THE -TADO- WAS ACTUALLY -CARDO.

THERE WAS NO ONE BY THAT NAME, BUT SOMEONE TOLD HIM ABOUT- CARDO- WHICH LATER ENDED UP BEING TADO.

I AM SURE THAT AT THE TIME HE KNEW NOT THAT HE WAS WRITING ABOUT ME.

IT HAS BECOME SO EASY FOR THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO WRITE ABOUT US TO MISCONSTRUE THE SPELLINGS AND PRONOUNCIATIONS OF OUR NAMES.

YOU HEAR AND SEE- NESTA- BEING WRITTEN AND CALLED -VESTA.

YOU HEAR AND SEE- CARDO- BEING WRITTEN AND CALLED- TADO.

YOU WILL EVEN SEE SOME ON VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES LYING ABOUT THINGS THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT- ” I SEE THE NAIL PRINTS IN HAILE SELASSIE HANDS”- AT WHAT DISTANCE?

SO MANY HAD WANTED BOB MARLEY AND PETER TOSH AND ALL OF US TO FAIL IN OUR-IMPOVERISHED EFFORTS TO USE THE MUSIC TO EXTRICATE OURSELVES FROM THE GHETTO- THAT I WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO TELL YOU.

WE REFUSED TO BE WHAT -THEY- WANTED US TO BE. DID WE NOT HAVE BOB MARLEY TOLD YOU THAT?

MY BELOVED BRETHRENS MAY BE GONE, BUT SOME OF US ARE STILL HERE WITH THE TRUTH. TRENCH TOWN REGGAE LIVES!

AND, FOR THOSE OF US WHO MAY HAVE CHANGED TO THE SIDES OF THE ENEMY, THE CHOICE IS YOURS.

FOR THOSE WHO NOW FEEL THAT OUR WORK IS DONE-HAPPY RETIREMENT!

FOR THOSE WHO THINK THAT THEY CAN ERASE A LIFETIME OF WORK AND SUFFERING BY BECOMING JUDASES- MAY JAH HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS.

FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO SPEAK TO THE CAUSE OF THE TRENCH TOWN PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL SUFFERING TODAY- TIME WILL TELL.

NOT ONE STONE, AND NAME OF THOSE WHO BUILT THIS FOUNDATION WILL BE LEFT UN-TURNED OR UNSUNG.

I AM, RAS CARDO FROM TRENCH TOWN WHO CREATED THIS LEGACY FOR THE PEOPLE. JAH WORK MUST BE DONE.

(c) RAS CARDO REGGAE EDUCATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

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