KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Songs by late reggae legends Bob Marley and Peter Tosh will be included in a new collection of Anglican church hymnals in Jamaica.
Church leaders preparing a new collection of hymns say that Marley's "One Love" and Tosh's "Psalm 27" will be the first reggae tunes to appear in songbooks alongside traditional worship music on the island that gave birth to reggae.
Church spokesman Reverend Ernle Gordon said today that members of the Anglican Church of Jamaica were enthusiastic about including the reggae musicians' music in the hymnals, despite their sometimes vocal opposition to Christianity.
Gordon said the musicians may have been anti-church, but they were not anti-God or anti-religion.
He said that including the songs would help modernize Jamaica's hymnals.
Marley and Tosh, who both died in the 1980s after becoming international music stars, practised Rastafarianism, a faith founded by descendants of slaves in response to black oppression.