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Archbishop Palmer-Buckle Performs ‘Redemption Song’ Featured

Those that robe have affinity with pulpit. The pulpit can be described as the clergy’s launch pad. Good News to the flock has often come from the pulpit. From time immemorial the pulpit has been used to preach, to teach, to beseech, to deceive, to praise, to condemn, to rob, to bully and to persecute the faithfuls or congregants.
However some clergies have delivered the homily without using the pulpit. Some God’s servants have demonstrated that the sermon can come from outside the Church or Synagogue walls. They’ve proven that the word can be heard, shared and transported anywhere and everywhere, if the preacher so chooses.
Over the weekend a clergyman in Ghana, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra Charles Gabriel Palmer -Buckle used Reggae-- a music genre to convey a message to his audience but also called on all Ghanaians and faithfuls across the world (re-echoing Marley’s sensational song) to liberate themselves from mental slavery.
I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with this line from ‘Redemption Song’: Old pirates, yes they rob I.
Old pirates are known for robbery and pillaging. And you think the bandits have stopped robbing us?
No, piracy still goes on. And that could explain why Rev. Palmer-Buckle did something that seem unorthodox or unusual. Bishop Buckle buckled down as he performed a wonderful rendition of ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley and the Wailers last Saturday December 23, 2017 in Accra.
That hit song was released in France and England in 1980 and it was Marley’s final track --his ninth album ‘Uprising.’
You’d recall the Beatitudes took place on a mountain. Sermon on the Mount or the Beatitudes as it is biblically known can be found in Matthews’s book chapter five. Jesus took his apostles to a mountain where he lectured them. The message had to be drilled down from top to the bottom. The Good News would later find its way to the Gentles too.
At the Achimota Golf Course in Accra the cassock man fed his audience with a different kind of food. They were perhaps not the saints or congregants he usually sees or meet on the pews on Sundays. So he decides to take a different route but still ensuring that he wins the hearts and minds of the gathering.
When Rev. Buckle buckled down that element of feeling pervaded. The white-bearded priest in white polo shirt, white cup and I think an Adidas grey sport pant to match he took his audience to another world. His right hand clutched a microphone, while the left punched the heavens repeatedly, amid shouts of joy, and applause that punctuated the performance.
He’d managed to hold his audience captive. Of course, they’d had gone to the golf course to watch the golfers play. But they were introduced to another course that would sweep them off their feet.
Is Reggae music meant for only Rastafarians?
In his December16, 2010 article titled: ‘Rastafari Theology, Reggae, Music and the Postcolonial Legacy of Bob Marley’ author Juan Boyd Thomas wrote: “Reggae music is no longer heard as a mystical musical outcry against oppression. Instead it is often the commercialized soundtrack for marketing campaign depicting Jamaica as a postcolonial playground.”
He said: “likewise the Rastafarian tradition is no longer a radical African centered counterculture but an important symbolic trope utilized by Jamaican elites in order to maximize the nation’s marketability as tropical vacation hotspot.’
The Associate professor of Black Church Studies of Vanderbilt University Divinity School prefaced his write-up with Marley’s legendary song ‘Get up, Standup—stand up for your right, ’ noting that in these lyrics Bob offers a resounding of traditional modes of Western Christianity which had served as a means of domination and oppression in Jamaica. Indeed Bob Marley’s ‘Get up. Stand up’ song does not only serve as a call to action but it offers a more confrontational and militant tone.
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Certainly, it would have seemed ridiculous to you, if I’d told you that the Archbishop could go circular or perform a reggae song or a repertoire by Bob Marley. The reason, priests are accustomed to hymns, carols, gospels and not circular music. But now you know. Now you’ve seen it happen.
Music is a universal language
That’s a claim by musicians. I however, think there’s fact in that claim. I’ve come to realise that it’s a language that everybody understands no matter what tongue, they speak music. Someone wrote this: “While we may not understand the lyrics of foreign songs we share the same emotions when we hear similar chords and melodies.”
No doubt I believe with music one can communicate across cultural and linguistic barriers I felt that a few days ago when I watched a Zulu song done by an unknown group on the social media.
For example, one cannot resist Indlamu dance by the Zulus of South Africa. It’s so infectious but not only that it exudes the power to capture its audience whether they’re used to it or not. What more? The dancers are often seen clad in leopard skin. The traditional head pieces, the ceremonial belts, the shields and the spears that accompany the dance are just breathtaking.
Psychologists believe there’s some evidence that music can release what they call ‘neurotransmitters’ including dopamine. No wonder we tap out feet, snap our fingers, we whisper and hum along when a good music is played. Some we may not even understand their meaning. Perhaps that explains why they say music is a universal language.

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