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Greetings to each and every visitor to Bob's website, and to all nations.
Give thanks for more than a decade of support and dedication from the Reggae Vibes posse - Teacher and Mr. T, yuh LARGE and in charge! Without your knowledge and endless patience, this site would not be possible.


Be sure to visit bobandyofficial on Instagram

March 2017


We'd like to take you away to the Pacific for a few minutes!
Our long-time correspondent John Potter has just posted an interesting interview he did with Bob in Osaka in 1994 during the 10th Anniversary Reggae Japansplash tour. It's on his Power of Okinawa blog.

Big thanks to John for his work and his support over many years.

February 2017

If you haven't heard this yet... it's totally worth investing just one and a quarter minutes to listen to reggae's long-time ambassador...a masterful summary of the glories of Jamaican music:
 
David Rodigan 7 February 2017

October-November 2016


British rapper Akala presents a thoughtful history of Roots music, tracing its origins in the Rastafari movement, and goes on to evaluate its impact in Jamaica and the UK, and worldwide.

Further to our news item in May - Bob appears in the documentary along with Marcia Griffiths, Big Youth, Sly & Robbie, Leroy Sibbles, Robbie Lyn, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mykaell Riley, Dennis Bovell and Jazzie B.

First broadcast on BBC4, Friday November 11th at 10pm as part of the #BLACKANDBRITISH season, it's available to UK viewers on the BBC iPlayer for another 4 weeks.


We give thanks to Natty Mark Samuels for his homage to Bob, titled "Eternal" which appears in the October issue of The Dub: Celebrating Roots Reggae Music and which we have reprinted in full with his permission.

"...in the Roots Constellation, the star called Bob Andy, will continue to glow: eternal."

Please take a moment and click here to read this gorgeous piece of writing. The Dub magazine is based in Oxford, UK: https://issuu.com/thedub
More of Natty Mark's writing on roots music and artists, can be found at https://reggaediscography.blogspot.co.uk/


August-September 2016

Check out Riffin's Blast

  • Fridays: 7:00 pm JA time, 8:00 pm US.
  • Sundays: 5:10 pm JA Time, 6:10 pm US

  • http://midnightraverblog.com/dermot-hussey/    LIVE STREAM    http://www.newstalk93fm.com/


      'THE FRIDAY RIFF' 12 August 8pm EST

    'THE BEST OF THE ELDERS': featuring Bob Andy "Live" at the Jazz Café London.
    Check it out here

    "Caution' by Joe Higgs. Showcasing Ronnie Davis' formerly of The Itals, in a new format-an acoustic set.
    THE NEXT GENERATION: Kabaka Pyramid's "Accurate", Makonnen' Rockers Revolution Part 2.


      'THE FRIDAY RIFF' 16 September 8pm EST

    BOB ANDY "Live" Pt 2.
    Check it out here

    'MONEY MAKER' Part 2 featuring Cedric 'IM' Brooks and David Madden. How David Madden reinvented himself since 'MONEY MAKER'
    "Rise Up" with Cherine Anderson, a single from her forthcoming album.
    "Flying at Knots with Kiddus I, and dancing to an African groove by Black Coffee, Mali' Adama Yaomba, and Afro Beats Yemi Alade.
    "NEW KINGSTON" a reggae band from Brooklyn makes it to the mainstream. Leading American reggae band JOHN BROWNS BODY launches a new album, to mark their 20th anniversary.


    May 2016

    Bob being interviewed by Akala,
    the politically conscious British rapper and academic.

    Thanks to Akala.
    See more from his recent trip to JA at his
    Instagram account.



    March 2016

    Skafest 2016-Bob Andy The London International Ska Festival 2016 runs from Thursday March 24th through Sunday March 27th.

    Bob appears on Friday March 25th (Good Friday) at

    The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London N5
    (opposite Highbury & Islington station)
    also: Pama International & Tighten Up Crew

    Tickets here.
    Skafest 2016-Bob Andy

    September 2015


    Interview David Rodigan

    © BBC 1Xtra
    Bob, Marcia and Judy were invited by David Rodigan to visit him at the BBC during the Marcia Griffiths and Friends UK Tour.

    You can now hear the interview, which runs for the last 45 minutes of David's programme broadcast on Sunday 13th September.

    It's available for 4 weeks following the broadcast on the BBC iplayer.

    Please click on the image to hear the interview.

    Summer 2015

    • Marcia Griffiths & Friends UK Tour

    update early September: thank you UK, for the very warm reception at all these shows. Bob loved performing for you!
    Along with Marcia, he is sending appreciation to each and every one of you who came out to celebrate the music.


    • New releases
    Can't Separate Me From My Baby - on the Paparazzi riddim for Willie Lindo's Heavy Beat Records.

    Can't Stand This - with Mark Wonder on the Overdub riddim for Altafaan Records.


    Winter 2015

    In the Boston Globe, music journalist and author James Sullivan has published his playlist of best Motown B sides, and amidst tracks by The Contours, The Undisputed Truth and Syreeta, he's chosen Bob's "Peace of Mind".

    December 2014

    Bob Andy_Inner Circle

    While in Florida, Bob paid a visit to Inner Circle at their Circle House studios.
    Thanks to Gail Zucker for her visual record! There are more photos on Gail's Facebook page


    For anyone interested in Jamaican music history, Fil Callender's memories and observations in Angus Taylor's three part interview at United Reggae will provide great insights.

    Fil and Angus deserve our thanks for documenting Fil's journey, from his arrival from Panama through his early days at Studio One and on to his success with the In Crowd.

    And thank you Fil for your kind words about working with Bob at Studio One!

    John Holt


    October 2014

    Following the very sad news of his passing, we extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Holt.

    One of the most mellifluous and recognizable voices in Jamaican music will always be with us.

    Rolling Stone asked Bob for his comments, which you can read here.

    John Holt
    Da Dreamer © 2012


    June 2014

    • Bob with Marcia Griffiths - Groovin in the Park, New York, Sunday June 29
    Congratulations to Marcia, who continues to celebrate her 50th year in the music business this year.

    At the event held at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens which also featured Beres Hammond and Chronixx - and drew a massive audience of 25,000 - Marcia was joined by Bob, Judy Mowatt and Ken Boothe.


    Groovin in the Park

    Bob & Chronixx
    photos from Chronixx official FB page

    Bob & Chronixx
    © All Eyes On It Films



    • Bob with Sly and Robbie - Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Saturday June 21
    At Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Northern California, the mighty SNWMF celebrated its 21st anniversary!
    Along with fellow panellists Sista Irie, SNWMF promoter Warren Smith, and attorneys David Baram and Lloyd Stanbury, Bob took part in the discussion "Status of the Reggae Music Business in the USA" on Friday June 20th.


    • Bob with Monty Alexander - New York, Thursday June 12 & Washington DC, Friday June 13

    In celebration of the acclaimed jazz pianist's 70th birthday, Bob and Tony Rebel, Pluto Shervington amongst others guested with Monty for two special shows.

    Many thanks to Carter Van Pelt of WKCR (Columbia University's station) for supplying this photo of Bob at BB King's.

    BB King's Blues Club    The Howard Theatre    Monty Alexander website.


    © C. Van Pelt




    David Rodigan's programme of Sunday 8th June featured Bob and Ty's 1968 recording "You And I Are Company" and was available on the BBC iplayer until Sunday evening (BST) 15th June.

    Visit our new vinyl section for more details.

    Spring 2014

    "Mama Africa" is available for download at iTunes, Amazon, Juno and all other leading digital retailers.

    Bob was inspired to write this song on his return from his first visit to the continent in 2005. His travels took in Kenya and Ethiopia, and included his performance at Africa Unite, the Bob Marley 60th birthday celebrations in Addis Ababa, as well as a stay with close friends at Shashamane.

    The track was produced by Derrick Taylor at his Purple Lion Studios (Berkshire).
    Derrick is Mama Africa's co-composer, and is also responsible for the album About to Blow by Soloman - which kicks off with the intro "Bob Andy's Blessing".

    In addition to the Original Mix, don't miss the JA13 Binghi Mix of Mama Africa which features the talents of producer Keith Finch.

    The mask used in our artwork originates from the Chokwe people of Angola.
    African Crafts Market, based in KwaZulu-Natal, SA, have very kindly given us permission to use this image.
    Check out their fascinating site at www.africancraftsmarket.com


    For our friends in Latin America, look out for Muzikall Mag which originates in Argentina and is distributed throughout Latin America at music shops and venues which feature reggae and hip hop.

    The second issue carries a feature on Bob as well as an interview with Marcia.

    You can check out the online version at: Muzikall Mag


    • Easter Reggae Showcase, Brixton Academy, London Saturday April 19
    Check out this stellar line-up,
    in the grand tradition of Easter holiday shows.

    Bob has flown in to perform with
    seven other legendary bredren
    who shaped Jamaica's musical history.


    March 2014

    • David Rodigan's interview with Bob , Sunday 2 March
    BBC 1Xtra's trip to Jamaica in late January featured a 5 hour live broadcast, and they are still going strong with sessions and interviews recorded in the land of wood and water.

    David Rodigan's interview with Bob was broadcast Sunday March 2nd.

    February 2014

    • 22nd Annual Marley Birthday Bash, Tuesday 4 February
    This year the event in Negril ran
    from the 1st to the 6th of February.
    Bob appeared on Icons of Reggae Night
    and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Ministry of Sound Masterpiece series: David Rodigan

    Just released: ace selector David Rodigan
    has compiled a three CD set for MOS,
    the iconic London club with its
    own record label. It's the latest
    in their series curated by leading DJs,
    and encompasses Roddy's early soul
    and pop influences as well as his
    favourites from both classic and current reggae.

    The 54 track collection includes Bob's 1972 anthem
    "Life", as well as "The Care Song",
    Riva Starr's 2013 production featuring Bob.

    Full track listing on Soundcloud at:
    https://soundcloud.com/reggaelizeit/sets/ministry-of-sound-masterpiece/

    Rodigan MOS Launch feat. The Care Song


    January 2014

    • Steve James interviews Bob
    On Friday 10th January Steve devoted his Real Rock programme (Bess FM, Kingston) to Bob and his music.
    The interview is now available in a two-part podcast:

    Podcast Part One         Podcast Part Two

    • Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Thursday January 30
    Bob joined Marcia on stage to celebrate
    her 50th anniversary in the music industry.
    More great photos from Steve James in our Lives section.

    • Rebel Salute, Saturday January 18

    On Bob's appearance at Tony Rebel's annual bash in St. Ann's, backed by the Original Skool Band, here are the reviews (Monday 20th January):

    Gleaner:
    "The veteran Bob Andy was pure class as he reeled out some of Jamaica's most enduring classics in a memorable performance.
    He was as crisp as a compact disc, delivering crowd favourites...leaving no doubt that he is a national treasure."


    Observer:
    "Regarded as one of reggae's most influential songwriters, singer Bob Andy could do no wrong. Although many of his hit songs were recorded before they were born, younger patrons sang along to Fire Burning and Too Experienced."

    Please visit our Lives section to see more pics.



    Happy New Year!


    Thanks to Adrian Sherwood for posting this on Facebook,
    and to everyone who liked it and posted their appreciation
    for Bob and his lyrics.

    October 2013

    Bob's 1976 classic "War in the City" is finally available again on 7" vinyl on his original Jam-Rock label, courtesy of French distributor OnlyRoots.



    Available at Only Roots Reggae and all leading reggae emporiums.

    Please note: the producers of "War in the City" were Bob Andy and the late Alphonso Small. Claims to the contrary on certain recent compilations are without foundation.

    Summer 2013

    Genre-busting beatmaster and club DJ extraordinaire Riva Starr has brilliantly sampled Bob's vocal from his 1973 composition "Learning Things About You".


    Riva Starr feat. Bob Andy - The Care Song (Original Mix) [Snatch! Records - 2013]

    Riva says: "This track is dedicated to my kid".
    We send out big thanks to David Rodigan for his support for "The Care Song" on his Sunday night BBC 1Xtra programme and also in his set from Glastonbury 2013, broadcast live on BBC Radio One (and still available on BBC iplayer!)

    Bob's track is on Riva's new album Hand in Hand which also includes tracks with Horace Andy, Roots Manuva, Speech Debelle and more. Check it out...a musical feast.

    Love Is Sure


    Just released, June 10th: Bob's new single, "Love Is Sure" is now available on iTunes. Click here.
    The press release is available by clicking on the cover image (left).
    The track was produced by Willie Lindo, and recorded at Willie's Heavybeat Studios in Miami in September of last year. The musicians are Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Paul Douglas (drums), Robbie Lyn (keyboards) and Willie Lindo (guitar).

    "Love Is Sure" has received pre-release airplay from David Rodigan on his Sunday night BBC 1Xtra programme and also on his summer series on BBC Radio 2.
    For the inspirational message, please click through to our Lyrics section.

    Barma Grande Presents Libertà: freedom for Tibet!


    Hear Bob's short spoken piece (track 10):



    which precedes his guest appearance with the Italian band Barma Grande on the closing track on this album. Barma Grande explain:
    "Libertà" is an ancient Tibetan prayer, about 2000 years old. We dedicated it to the liberation of the Tibetan people; it explains what freedom is according to Buddhism."


    The album was recorded at Harry J's in 2012 and in addition to Bob features an all-star cast of Jamaican artists:
    Cedric Myton, Queen Ifrica, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Tony Rebel, Max Romeo, Bernard Collins and Big Youth.

    The album can be downloaded for free at www.barmagrande.net where you can read more about the band and the project.
    You can also purchase copies of the CD from Ernie B's Reggae.

    June 27th: Barma Grande have just posted the video for Libertà on YouTube, and here it is -


    May 2013

    In the May 12th edition of the BBC's enduring programme Desert Island Discs, Britain's leading contemporary artist Damien Hirst chooses Bob's "You Don't Know" as one of the eight records he would take with him if cast away on his own. Bob's much-loved track is aired in the company of music by The Clash, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, and The Stone Roses. Here's a link to the show on Radio 4.


    February 2013

    Out now: the March 2013 issue of Mojo (the UK's leading monthly music magazine) covers Marcia Griffiths / Bob & Marcia for "Hello Goodbye", its continuing feature on bands, groups and the comings and goings of individual members. Check out the classic B&W photo of the duo from the "Pied Piper" days!


    November 2012

    For Portuguese speakers: thanks to the lovely Andrea de Sousa Ferraz, we now have a translation of Bob’s biography. Please click here to access.

    Read about Bob and Marcia appearing at the Maranhao Reggae Festival in Brazil, Sunday 11th November here and view a clip posted on You Tube of Bob on stage with a version of his classic tune 'Check It Out'.

    August 2012

    David Rodigan invited Bob to be his special guest on his award-winning BBC Radio 2 reggae programme. This was a Jamaica Independence Day special which was broadcast on Monday, 6th August and was available for an additional 7 days via the BBC i-player.

    Leading UK national newspaper The Independent featured Bob in an in-depth interview,"Reggae's unsung hero reopens his Songbook". Check it out here.

    Gigs - August 2012


  • Jamaica 50 Festival, IndigO2 at the O2, London, Monday 6th August
    Bob appeared along with Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo and The Gaylads in the final concert of the 12-night series celebrating this special anniversary of Jamaican independence.
    The Gala night audience were in for a treat, with Bob calling Marcia Griffiths to join him on stage. Angus Taylor in his review for Reggaeville.com calls this "the best moment of Respect Jamaica 50th bar none". Read his full review here.

    We send out appreciation to Camille at United Reggae and to Emma-Louise at Phunked-Up Photograpy for permission to use this fabulous photo of the re-united duo in action, from the full review of the night at www.unitedreggae.com.



  • Reggae Geel, Saturday 4th August
    Bob performed at Belgium's biggest reggae festival, and for the finale of his set was joined on stage by Winston Francis, Dennis Alcapone and Winston Reedy.
    There's a lovely new selection of photos from Geel in our Lives section courtesy of our webmaster Teacher from Reggae Vibes and Da Dreamer- please click here to view.


  • Bob's new single "Send Someone for Me (I'm Coming Home)" featuring the Raging Fyah band has just been playlisted by Sirius XM's reggae channel, The Joint. It's available from iTunes, Amazon and other leading digital distributors.
    Bob with Raging Fyah
    Bob and Raging Fyah
    © Marta Lamolla
    (l-r): Demar "Kojo" Gayle, Mahlon Moving, Kumar Bent, Bob Andy, Delroy "Pele" Hamilton, Anthony "Toni" Watson, Missing Courtland "Gizmo" White - Guitarist

    Read more on Bob by Mike Watson

    Bob Andy: Rootsman Stays True To His Roots. Click here.

    (Exclusive) Interview With Bob Andy. Click here

    July 2012

  • Garance Reggae Festival - south of France, Wednesday July 25th through Saturday July 28th



    At Parc Arthur Rimbaud, Bagnols-sur-Ceze, Bob performed on the opening night and was one of the guests of honour throughout the festival.

    Big thanks to Trish at Roots Rockers Promotions, and to all at Garance (Alex, Antoine, Alice, Max, Baptiste and many more) for a wonderful festival.

    Much appreciation goes out to our good friend Jerome Levasseur (the man who introduced Bob to France in 2005) as well as congratulations on the birth of his daughter, who waited for her entrance until the day after the festival ended!


  • Ziggy Marley and Tuff Gong Worldwide Salutes Legends of Reggae at the Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, Sunday July 15th

    Thanks to David Bryant for the use of these photos of Bob in action at the Bowl:

    Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles

    Please have a look at our Lives section for some wonderful photos of Bob at rehearsal and on stage, taken by Tuff Gong’s photographer Baback Delafraz.

    Read the full press release from the LA Philharmonic here.

    Read the LA Times article of Thursday July 12th featuring Bob:
    Spirit of Bob Marley in Hollywood Bowl 'Legends of Reggae' lineup

  • Chuck Foster's Reggae Central show on KPFK - LA, Sunday July 8th
    presented two hours of Bob's music along with some great conversation. This was the first ever full-programme special feature in Chuck's 15 years at KPFK , and the video is now available courtesy of Shayna Dread and the Def Junky channel by clicking through here.

    Many thanks to Susan Andrew for her assistance.



    June 2012

  • Saturday JUNE 16 - South Florida
    Caribbean American Heritage Awards - VIP reception at the "Colors of the Caribbean" event at Hollywood Arts Park, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood FL. Bob was honoured with the Music Icon award from Jamaica Awareness.

  • March - April 2012

    Thursday 5th April saw the screening of the new documentary Chinna's Yard as well as a live concert from Earl 'Chinna' Smith and his musical bredren. Bob performed his song "Planet Earth", which he has re-recorded with the Inna de Yard collective.
    Read more in The Gleaner 09 April .

    Bob and Judy Mowatt were presented with awards on March 28th at the launch for the Western Conciousness festival, now in its 23rd year.
    As reported in the Jamaica Observer 31 March.

    February 2012

    In celebration of Reggae Month in Jamaica:


    Bob was honoured with the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) Songwriter award at the gala event in Emancipation Park on Saturday, February 25.
    He performed 'Superpowers' backed by the 40-piece JaRIA orchestra (comprised of many of JA's great musicians, plus students from the Edna Manley School of Music).
    Marcia Griffiths received an award for Female Vocalist 2012, and invited Bob back on stage to join her in 'Young, Gifted and Black.'



    The Jamaica Music Museum hosted Bob in conversation with Kay Osborne on Sunday February 12 @ 4pm. The Bob Andy Unplugged poster was handed over to the museum at this time.
    This fascinating event is covered in The Gleaner article Spontaneous Combustion at Grounation

    Jamaica Museum Reggae Month

    and there's more from Bob following on from this talk in the interview Bob Marley Took the Deal

    On February 15 Bob appeared at JARIA's Reggae Wednesday night in Emancipation Park in New Kingston as part of Mutabaruka's tribute to him, during which Muta told the crowd "Bob Andy is the greatest songwriter coming out of Jamaica". Read more in The Gleaner at Another Great Night of Reggae in the Park.


    Check out these recent blogs on Bob:

    The Midnight Raver: Ghost on Wax: Bob Andy's Incomparable Songbook
    Power Of Okinawa: Bob Andy Update and Retrospective

    Click to Enlarge Congratulations to David Rodigan who collected his MBE from Her Maj on Tuesday February 14.

    Bob has sent this message: David, you deserve this and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Sometimes people do very good work, but the recognition still doesn't come. I'm so happy that you've been acknowledged.

    There's more on this at KISS: Rodigan Collects His MBE

    and at Billboard: David Rodigan Regge Dancehall DJ Extraordinaire

    2011

    To read Herbie Miller's article on Bob's contributions as a songwriter (from the Gleaner 6 November 2011) click here.

    To everyone who has made contact in a variety of ways to send support to Bob during his hospitalization - love, respect and thanks. His doctors expect him to make a full recovery given time.

    We now have Bob's biography in Spanish thanks to Martin Cueto (Buenos Aires) and in French and Italian thanks to Patrizia de Rosa (London/Genoa).

    Easter Weekend 2011 - London International Ska Festival

    On Sunday April 24th, Bob and Marcia had been scheduled to close the final night of this four day event at the Clapham Grand Theatre, London.
    Due to Bob's ill health, Marcia Griffiths appeared solo and delivered an uplifting, specially selected set. As she told the audience, "my good friend Bob Andy said 'Marcia, go and do the show for both of us'. He is with us here in spirit."
    We send a heartfelt thank you to Marcia for her loyalty and dedication. Much appreciation also goes out to The Bigga Morrison All Stars who provided additional vocals, as well as masterful musical support.
    Bob's music was well represented at the festival, by Marcia who performed several of his songs, by Ken Boothe ("I Don't Want To See You Cry") and by Owen Gray ("Too Experienced").
    For more information on this amazing 4 day event click here or visit the festival's Facebook page.



    Summer 2010 - Bob Gigs

    Sunday 15th August - London Jazz Cafe
    Click here for further info at the Jazz Café's site.




    Sunday 22nd August - Rototom Spain
    Give thanks to everyone at Rototom for the wonderful reception!
    Special thanks to Reggaeville for their kind permission to post this picture of Bob on stage with the legendary David Rodigan, and check out more photos at their website.


    We were saddened to hear of Sid Bucknor's passing on May 9, 2010, and wish to extend sincere condolences to Sid's family and his many friends. The reggae communities in the UK and Jamaica have lost a fine and much-respected member, who was a contributor in the foundation era of the music and for many decades thereafter. Please take a moment to read the tribute written by Sid's friend, guitarist Cecil Smith.


    Winter 2009-2010

    Monday February 22 2010:
    Hear an in-depth interview with Bob by DJ Mercy Far-I on the programme One Drop on Radio Popolare Roma (with thanks to Patrizia de Rosa of Roots Rockers Promotions for her translations into Italian). The programme goes out at 9pm CET (8pm GMT) on www.radiopopolareroma.it

    November 2009:
    As part of their music programme Tracks, the European cultural television channel Arte (broadcasting in French and German) featured a 10 minute documentary on Bob's career. The programme went out on Friday 27th November and included an interview filmed in Paris earlier in the year. Thanks to producer Jean-Marc Barbieux, and greetings to all the new visitors to our site who checked in after the programme!

    UB40 have recorded a new version of Bob's song "I Don't Want To See You Cry". Ken Boothe's original recording was a hit in Jamaica in 1967, and over the years, many covers have followed (see our Covers page in the Andisongs section).
    The internationally successful band from Birmingham have included the track on both their compilation Best Of Labour Of Love, released in the UK on November 23rd, and on Labour of Love IV, released February 8th.
    The bonus edition of Best Of Labour Of Love also includes a promo of Bob's song "It's Impossible", which he wrote for Delroy Wilson in 1966. UB40's version, titled "Impossible Love", is from their Labour of Love II album; the caption "Honey Boy 1973" on the video refers to a later cover version released in the UK.
    It's been out for a while now, but it's worth noting that Complete Motown Singles vol. 10 (1970) includes Bob and Marcia's "Young Gifted and Black" as well as Bob's classic track "Peace of Mind". This was one of the very few historical instances where reggae got a nod in mainstream US soul territory... with the musical traffic in those times normally flowing firmly in the opposite direction!

    August 2009

    Bob's CDs on I-Anka are now available from www.amazon.co.uk! Here is the direct link.

    Check out our Sound Clips section - we now have mixes of selected tracks from each album for you to play.

    June 2009-Bob Gigs

       Thursday 11th June - London

    Hootananny Brixton - backed by the Bigga Morrison Band

    Love and respect to each and every one who turned up to welcome Bob. As he said - "I was just there to conduct the choir."
    Bigga's heavyweight line-up was:
    (keyboards & bvs:) Bigga and Bubblers, (riddim section:) Ken Rowe and Don Chandler, (guitar:) Derek Johnson, (trombone & bvs:) Buttons, (sax:) Winston Rose, (percussion:) Troy 'Lovers' Ellis.
    Thank you Trish! (Roots Rockers Promotions)


       Friday 5th June - Paris

    Garance Reggae Festival - backed by Faya Dub + guest Bigga Morrison

    We would like to send big thanks to Jerome, Antoine, Ann, Marco, Clare, Batiste and all at Garance for their hard work to make sure that we had a wonderful stay in Paris
    AND
    Respect to Bigga, Fagan and Faya Dub for the great musical support.

    Spring 2009

    Bob's long-time bredren, ace percussionist Larry McDonald, is poised to release his first album (at the tender age of 72!) on MCPR Music. Drumquestra will be out on June 1st, and is a highly recommended reflection of Larry's rich and varied career across multiple musical genres.
    Bob's trademark scatting on "Got Jazz?" forms a backdrop for Larry's homage to Jamaica's jazz community. Listen and learn!
    For further info, please visit www.mcprmusic.com .

    March 2009

    On March 29th there's a chance to see Bob performing solo and with Marcia Griffiths, as part of Freddie McGregor's Reggae Symphony 2009, backed by the Lloyd Parkes' We the People band and the Reggae Strings Orchestra. This rare treat will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at Broward Center for the Performance Arts. For further info check:
    Reggae Symphony 2009 .


    May - July 2008

    As many of you know, Rototom is the premier Italian reggae festival, now celebrating its 15th year. Bob took part in the Rototom press conference at Strawberry Hill in Kingston on 30th May and will be appearing at the festival on Saturday, 5th July. This event runs for 10 days in all and takes place in the Parco del Rivellino in Osoppo, in the province of Udine (approximately 100km from Venice). For further information check out:
    Rototom Sunsplash Website .

    Rototom Follow-up
    from The Beat no. 4 2008 - in his review of the festival, Dave Katz wrote: "… after a public discussion with some visiting residents of Shashamane and some brilliant thoughts from Bob Andy on Rastafari … Andy took the stage on Sunday afternoon to deliver one of the event's most outstanding performances; his humility, charisma and originality left everyone with a smile on their face."

    August 2007

    Along with Shaggy, Bob will be a featured artist as the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C. celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence on Sunday August 5th, at the Gardens of the OAS (17th Street and Constitution Ave. NW). For further information on the weekend’s activities, you can visit www.embassyofjamaica.org .

    June 2007

    SNWMF Follow-up:

    To Bobby Ellis, Professor and every member of Yardbeat: blessings & respect.
    Thanks to all at SNWMF, and greetings to the many lovely people we met, or became re-acquainted with, in Boonville. Special thanks to our local “fixer” Linda B for her sterling support.
    And finally - appreciation to Dave Katz for use of the photo! (… which tells the story of Bob’s AWOL luggage quite succinctly …).
    There are more great photos of Bob and all the artists on the Sierra Nevada site.

    Bob Andy at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
    Bob will be appearing at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Northern California on Saturday, June 23rd. You can check out additional details at www.snwmf.com

    Further to our January news – Bob’s single “Almighty Dolla” (Altafaan) is now out! The distributor in Jamaica is Cap Calcini.

    January 2007

    Bob sends greetings to each and every one who has visited and supported his site, along with his hopes that you will be blessed with a healthy and happy 2007.

    We’re looking forward to Bob’s next single on Al.ta.fa.an, “Almighty Dolla”, which has been getting an extremely good pre-release response. Stay tuned for further info as it becomes available.

    Sneak preview: A short clip from Bob’s performance at Les Zicalizes in France has been posted at the Dailymotion Website. Plans are afoot for a DVD release of the complete set later this year.

    October 2006

    Bob Andy - Awards 2006
    © Jessica Jones - & thank you!


    On National Heroes Day, Jamaica presents awards to its outstanding citizens.

    We are very happy to tell you that on the 16th October, on the lawns of King's House, Keith 'Bob Andy' Anderson was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for his contribution to the development of reggae music.

    Congratulations, Bob!

    Summer 2006



    Bob appeared on the closing night of Sunsplash (Sunday August 6th), backed by Glen Browne's band Constructed Noise.

    Thanks to Julian in Germany, we now have some excellent photos of Bob on the night! – like this one here.
    And for more, click here (… there is also now a Bob Andy section on the site, for photos from other events.
    All of Julian’s work at www.reggaephotos.de is well worth checking out.)
    Bob Andy - Sunsplash 2006

    Bob's new single in combination with Luciano on the Kiana riddim is "Create Our History", released on Altafaan Records. Another great cut to Kiana is Jr. Kelly's ""Creator".
    Altafaan is a relatively new label, but appears to be going from strength to strength.
    "Create Our History" is available via Dub Vendor in the UK, Ernie B in the U.S., various outlets in Japan, and is distributed via One Love in Europe. “Create Our History” is available via Dub Vendor in the UK, Ernie B in the U.S., various outlets in Japan, and is distributed via One Love in Europe.
    Click here for the full lyrics to the song. The video clip is available as well. Enjoy !

    Create Our History

    January 2006

    Very best wishes from Bob to you all for a wonderful new year!

    From January 1st, thanks to Productions Speciales in Paris, you should be able to find Bob's Retrospective album in record shops in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Please let us know if you need further information.

    2005 Round-Up

    Bob in Paris
    Bob in Paris -
    thanks to Thomas Behuret for the use of this photo.
    We disappeared from the net this summer due to our previous provider's hard drive crash - but we are very happy to welcome you to our new home.

    Because of the technical problems, we didn't get a chance to give proper thanks after the gigs - for their wonderful hospitality and incredibly hard work - to Jerome Levasseur and all his crew at Zones d'Arts in Paris … and the same true appreciation goes out to Paul Fingleton, Pete Kinsella, Kate & Cathal in Dublin.

    We'd also like to say a big thank you to Sinead O'Connor for joining Bob on stage in Dublin in a storming cameo appearance. Sinead's new album (Throw Down Your Arms) with Sly & Robbie, along with her live appearances with them, have showcased not only her unique talent, but also her sincere love for Jamaican music and its uplifting message. G'wan Sinead!


    Sept.: Congratulations again to Andre Bertrand - along with his assistants John Murray-Smith (London) and solicitor Delma Pryce (Jamaica) - for successfully distributing broadcast royalties from the French society ADAMI (which collects for featured artists' airplay) to close to 150 Jamaican artists. Even the powerful organisation PPL (which represents all UK record companies) has so far been unable to achieve receipt of this legally-required remuneration from ADAMI!

    On behalf of Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, and all reggae artists who benefited from this distribution we send to Andre a big thank you, and also best wishes for all his current work - which includes pursuing similar settlements from SPEDIDAM (for backing musicians) and SCPP (for producers) in France, and over the long term, from the other European societies which have yet to recognise equal rights for the music of Jamaica.

    May 2005

    May 12th: Bob interview on Radio Nova, Paris 20:15 - 21:00

    May 14th: Bob at Les Zicalizes Festival along with The Skatroniks, Kiddus-I, Chinna Smith and Jr. Murvin. Further info at http://www.zicalizes.net/

    May 20th: Bob at The Venue, Dublin - first time in Ireland! Further info at www.thevenue.ie - (see What's On - May)

    April 2005

    Congratulations to Andre Bertrand, the eminent intellectual property lawyer, for his victory at the Court of Paris on 13th April. He has won damages on behalf of Max Romeo and Winston McAnuff for illegal pressings of their albums in France. This follows his recent success in the pursuit of broadcast royalties from the French society ADAMI on behalf of all Jamaican artists.
    For far too long, the creators of Jamaican music have not benefited from the same rights as their peers in mainstream musical genres. We wish Monsieur Bertrand continued blessings in his campaign to end this inequity. For further information check www.definiterecords.net/legal_news.html.

    March 2005

    Paris calling: Bob paid a short visit to the French capital for a series of radio and press interviews ahead of his forthcoming performance at Les Zicalizes (an annual festival in the Paris suburbs) on May 14th. Although it's difficult to believe given Bob's globe-trotting history, this will be his first-ever performance in France!


    February 2005

    In January, Bob fulfilled a lifelong dream - to visit Africa. He spent two weeks in Kenya, before travelling to Addis Ababa, arriving just before the Africa Unite concert which celebrated the 60th anniversary of Bob Marley's birth.
    image
    Thanks to Julian at www.reggaephotos.de - click on the link to see more great photos.

    Bob was invited by Rita Marley to perform two songs during the massive February 6th concert. At sunset, Bob sang "My Time" and "I've Got to Go Back Home", with impromptu backing from the 12 Tribes Band from Shashemane.
    The following day, he sang for the President of Ethiopia: Bob was accompanied by Cedella Booker's keyboard player on two Marley favourites, "Johnny Was A Good Man" and "Redemption Song." Other artists performing at the President's Palace included the I-Threes, Lauryn Hill and Cedric Brooks.
    Bob's pilgrimage continued with a stay at Shashemane. He performed again with King's Highway, the 12 Tribes Band, headlining two benefit concerts - the first in Shashemane, and a week later in Nazareth.


    News 2004 [read more...]

    • Summer 2004: Bob’s UK shows with Ruff Cutt

    News 2003 [read more...]

    • August 2003: Bob’s Award for Excellence from the PM at JA’s Independence Gala
    • June 2003: Bob and Marcia on “Later With Jools” BBC TV programme
    • Spring 2003: Bob and Marcia together in London for first time in 30 years – photos
    • Bob writes preface to history of Trojan Records
    • Congratulations to David Rodigan on his 25th Annversary – “Honey” included in his anniversary compilation
    • March 2003: On the eve of the Iraq War, Bob refers listeners to his song “Superpowers”

    News 2002 [read more...]

    • 2002/2003: Award-winning Ms. Dynamite covers “Too Experienced”
    • Nov. 2002: “Bob Andy Takes Coxsone to Task” – JA Observer report on Bob’s lecture at the University of West Indies, Mona
    • August 2002: UB40’s Fathers of Reggae: Bob contributes to BBCR2 programme
    • Jamaica’s 40th anniversary of Independence: Bob in BBCR2 and BBCTV interviews
    • February 2002: Bob’s new single “Ska Music” for Fatis

    News 2001 [read more...]

    • December 2001: UN appearance for “Outcry” vocalists
    • September 2001: “Feel Like Jumping” in major Brit TV ad
    • 2001 Part One: Bob records two new tracks at Jet Star
    • The single “Outcry” in support of the UN - Bob joins host of artists
    • Two North American gigs by Bob

    News 2000 [read more...]

    • December 2000: Bob’s new single “Zion”
    • Bob’s tribute to Tyrone Evans – see Bob’s Page
    • A tragic loss: Remembering Victor Cross

    News 1999 [read more...]

    • October 1999: Heartbeat gets credits wrong on Wailers and Friends
    • Bob’s new songs for Marcia Griffiths
    • Rare instrumental version of “You Don’t Know” made available again
    • June 1999: Reggae Beat (California) features Bob and Marcia