Survival is a roots reggae album by Bob Marley & The Wailers released in 1979 and is the first Bob Marley album not to be released on the Island imprint Tuff Gong. Proof is on the back on the CD, and the spine.
Survival is an album with an outwardly militant theme. Some speculate that this was due in part to criticism Marley received for the laid-back, ganja-soaked atmosphere of his previous release, "Kaya", which seemed to sidetrack the urgency of his message. In the song Africa Unite, Marley proclaims Pan-African solidarity. The song "Zimbabwe" is a hymn dedicated to later-independent Rhodesia. The song was performed at Zimbabwe's Independence Celebration in 1980, just after the official declaration of Zimbabwe's independence. "Zimbabwe" is seen as an unofficial national song.
Survival was originally to be called Black Survival to underscore the urgency of African unity, but the name was shortened to prevent misinterpretations of the album's theme. Marley originally planned to release Survival as the first part of a trilogy, followed by Uprising in 1980 and Confrontation in 1983.
In South Africa the album was partly censored by the then apartheid government.
The record album front cover (shown top right) depicts 48 flags of 47 African countries and one flag of a Pacific island nation (row 7, column 3; included because of Marley's warm relations with tribes people ala the Maori and Hopi). Presumably the flags were in use when the album was designed, in preparation for publishing in 1979, though many became obsolete.
Below are listed the 7 rows, top to bottom, then the 7 flags in each row—left to right.
Kenya, Angola, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Chad, Egypt, Ghana.
Senegal, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Tunisia, Niger, Nigeria, Guinea.
The Gambia, Somalia, Upper Volta, République Démocratique du Congo (Zaire), Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Swaziland.
Madagascar, Togo, Mozambique, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe (ZAPU), Seychelles, Zambia.
Lesotho, Uganda, Algeria, Mali, Sudan, Botswana, Morocco.
République du Congo, Tanzania, Burundi, Zimbabwe (ZANU-PF), Mauritius, Mauritania, Gabon.
Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Papua-New Guinea, Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, Djibouti, Rwanda.
1. So Much Trouble In The World 2. Zimbabwe 3. Top Rankin' 4. Babylon System 5. Survival 6. Africa Unite 7. One Drop 8. Ride Natty Ride 9. Ambush In The Night 10. Wake Up And Live Bonus Track 11. Ride Natty Ride [12'' Mix]