Bob Marley’s song Zimbabwe:‘so arm in arm with arms we’ll fight this little struggle’.

Bob Marley and Zimbabwe

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.

You’re 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.

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