"I don't know how other people see music," reggae legend Burning Spear reflects. "Some people might see it based upon money, some people might see music based upon opportunity and access. But I see music as life. I see music as inspiration."
For more than 35 years, Burning Spear's music-thus, his life-has inspired people on numerous continents. Since the beginning, his songs have implored listeners to fight oppression in all its forms, to work at improving their own condition and to consider the social impact of their actions.
No matter who looks at Burning Spear's career, they have to be impressed. Of his more than 25 albums, ten have earned Grammy nominations, with two of them - 1999's CALLING RASTAFRI & 2009’s JAH IS REAL - receiving the Academy's Best Reggae Album honor. Spear remains one of the few reggae pioneers still working and influencing the people today.