Bob Marley’s song Zimbabwe:‘so arm in arm with arms we’ll fight this little struggle’.
Bob Marley’s song Zimbabwe
Every man got to decide his own destiny
And in this judgement there is no partiality
So arm in arm with arms we’ll fight this little struggle
‘Cause that’s the only way we can over come our little trouble
Brother you’re right. You’re right. You’re so right.
We go fight (We go fight)
We’ll have to fight (We go fight)
We’re gonna fight (We go fight)
Fight for your rights
Natty dread it in a Zimbabwe
Set it up in Zimbabwe
Mash it up in a Zimbabwe
Africans a liberate Zimbabwe
Divide and rule could only tear us apart
In every man chest there beats a heart
So soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionaries
And I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries
This song led to Bob Marley and the Wailers being invited to perform at the official celebration in April 1980 of Zimbabwe’s independence. Bob Marley’s song Zimbabwe is filled with the doctrine of self determination so avidly promoted in the teachings and philosophy of Marcus Garvey, Marley contextualizes the plight of black people everywhere although he specifically mentions Zimbabwe.
The most powerful line of the song in my opinion and simply the most genius because of its skillfully stated revolutionary message is ‘so arm in arm with arms we’ll fight this little struggle’.
The call for unity among people of African descent as the key to unlocking their potential for greatness politically, economically and socially is a message that transcends even the reality of the 60’s, 70’s 80’s and 90’ s and should act as a rallying cry for the youth of the 21st century as much has changed but much has remained the same. Such is the relevance of Marley.