The World Should Know (Burning Spear album)

The World Should Know is a studio album by the Jamaican reggae singer Burning Spear, released in 1993.[2][3] It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album at the 36th Grammy Awards in 1994.[4] Burning Spear supported the album with a North American tour.[5]

The World Should Know
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Studio album by
ProducerWinston Rodney, Nelson Miller
Burning Spear chronology
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Alternative cover
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Burning Music release


The album was produced by Winston Rodney and Nelson Miller.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [7]
Los Angeles Times    [8]

Newsday noted that "the roots of Spear's heavily rhythmic and deeply spiritual music lie in the insistent patterns of Jamaica's Nyabinghi drummers, which Spear's Burning Band translates into solid drumming and playfully ornamental percussion."[9] The Gazette deemed the album "embarrassingly short on substance and originality."[10] The Los Angeles Times wrote: "This consummately crafted collection features taut, muscular riddims, contemporary keyboard swirls and strong, jazzy horn lines behind Spear's inimitable village-elder voice delivering love songs and his perennial theme of personal identity."[8]

Track listingEdit

  1. "The World Should Know"
  2. "In a Time Like Now"
  3. "I Stand Strong"
  4. "Identity"
  5. "It's Not a Crime"
  6. "Mi Gi Dem" (I Give Them)
  7. "Loving Day"
  8. "Sweeter Than Chocolate"
  9. "On the Inside"
  10. "Peace"


  • All songs written by Winston Rodney
  • Published by Burning Spear Publishing
  • Executive producer - Burning Music Production
  • Recorded Grove Recording Studio, White River, Ocho Rios.
  • Recording Engineer: Barry O'Hare
  • Assistant Engineer: Andrew Thomas.
  • Mixed by Michael Sauvage.
  • Mixed at Platinum Island Studio, New York.
  • Assistant: Mervyn Williams.
  • Studio Assistant Axel Niehaus.
  • Mastered at Northeast Digital by Toby Mountain.


  • Winston Rodney - vocals, percussion
  • Nelson Miller - drums
  • Paul Beckford - bass
  • Lenford Richards - lead guitar, Casio PG 380
  • Lenval Jarrett - rhythm guitar
  • Alvin Haughton - percussion

Additional musicians


  1. ^ Katz, David (January 6, 2016). "A beginner's guide to reggae legend Burning Spear". Fact Magazine.
  2. ^ "Burning Spear Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Burning Spear Rasta Business | Exclaim!".
  4. ^ "Burning Spear". Recording Academy. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  5. ^ Harrison, Tom (9 July 1993). "Burning Spear finds a new torch to carry". The Province. p. B30.
  6. ^ "The World Should Know by Burning Spear". Billboard. 105 (12): 64. Mar 20, 1993.
  7. ^ "Burning Spear - The World Should Know Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic" – via
  8. ^ a b Snowden, Don (11 July 1993). "In Brief". Calendar. Los Angeles Times. p. 66.
  9. ^ Gehr, Richard (11 Apr 1993). "Old School Reggae". Fanfare. Newsday. p. 21.
  10. ^ Feist, Daniel (8 May 1993). "Winston Rodney, a.k.a. Burning Spear...". The Gazette. p. E11.