Alright, I've made my choice. Delroy Wilson's "Addis Ababa." (Once Upon a
Time: The Bestof Delroy Wilson). He is an unlikely candidate, as someone
known primarily for rock steady. Moreover, the song is a reworking of Eric
Burden's "House of the Rising Sun," making it further an unlikely choice.
But in the mid 70s, rasta/nationalist themed songs were the legitimate
territory of all great Jamaican musicians, as it expressed the
musical/cultural zeigeist of the time. A similar example would be Ken
Boothe's "Black, Gold and Green." The result is a surfeit of amazing
anthems in that period, I think. In this case, Wilson's haunting
delivery, the heavy funde/repeater percussion, the incredibly echoey sound
overall makes it an awesome song. I love to listen to it full volume.
Other contenders on my list were Augustus Pablo (of course), "Zion High";
Audley Rollen, "Repatriation is a Must"; Prince Alla, "Dreadlocks
Nazarene"; and Max Romeo, "Open the Iron Gates."