Over four decades since Bob Marley and the Wailers first encouraged the world to “take it easy” on their 1978 track ‘Easy Skanking,’ the Marley Family, Island Records, and UMe have shared a new visual inspired by the enduring track.
Shot on location Marley’s native Kingston, Jamaica, the new film celebrates the reggae icon’s rich legacy and encapsulates the laid-back tropical vibe of ‘Easy Skanking.’ The Argentinian director Brian Kazez helmed the new visual for Pantera Film Studios and shot it throughout Kingston, capturing various vignettes of the everyday people of the city.
‘Easy Skanking’ was the opening track from Marley and the Wailers’ tenth studio album Kaya, which became their highest-charting non-compilation album in the UK. It reached No. 4 there in a 24-week chart run and was certified gold, as it was in the US and France. Recorded during Marley’s “exile” in London in the opening months of 1977, Kaya represents the other side of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ musical spectrum and stands in stark contrast with Exodus, which was recorded at the same time and had become their chart breakthrough in their adopted UK home.
While Exodus spoke of politics and societal change, Kaya emphasised songs about love and enjoying life and offered a more accessible entry point into Marley’s diverse catalogue. You can read more about the making of Kaya, and how it preceded Bob’s dramatic return to Jamaica at the One Love Peace Concert at the National Stadium in Kingston, in a dedicated uDiscover Music story.
‘Easy Skanking’ also appears on Marley’s greatest hits compilation Legend, which holds the record for world’s best-selling reggae album of all time, with over 15 million copies sold in the United States and over 28 million worldwide.
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The 40th anniversary edition of Kaya can be bought here.