Bob Marley still the King of Reggae!
Undoubtedly, Robert Nesta Marley, affectionately known as Bob Marley is one of the greatest musical superstars to have walked the earth. He became a worldwide phenomenon is the 1960′s and 70′s with several hits and a fresh and welcomed revolution of conscious Reggae music. His life and work provide testament to the unparalleled influence of his well-crafted artistry upon global culture. More than three decades after his early death on May 11, 1981 at 36, the legend of the international reggae icon lives on in the minds and hearts of many.
It is fair to say that today; his shadow looms larger than ever. As far as many are concerned, Marley’s music is synonymous with reggae itself. In the words of Cedella Marley “He made his reggae music to uplift us, inform, entertain, inspire, and make change in the world. He’s a musician, a poet and songwriter, a philosopher, a soldier, an activist and a leader.” Today, all can remember Bob’s ever-lengthening list of musical accomplishments, which identified oppression and injustice and lobbied for social change. This, while simultaneously allowing listeners to forget their troubles and enjoy the musical moments.
Held In Great Esteem
Marley is held in great esteem in Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and indeed the world at large. He has been fittingly dubbed the ‘King of Reggae’, ‘Black Moses’ and the ‘Master Blaster Jammer’. Bob is still one of the most talked about musicians of our time. He is the most respected figure in Jamaica and 20th century music. The respect and admiration that Bob has earned is unmatched and unparalleled by any other reggae artistes. Even his contemporaries hold him in great esteem as a singer, teacher and spiritualist.
Immense Worldwide Recognition
Today,almost anywhere in the world, when the name ‘Bob Marley’ is mentioned, it is recognized by old and young. Bob remains enormously popular and well known even in places he has never been. He is especially well known and loved in African countries where his messages about black progression have been warmly received.
The Vast Reach Of His Music: Bob Marley would have been 67 years old (February, 6 ), even though he is not physically alive, his dominance of local and global charts is not a thing of the past. Today Bob Marley is one of the biggest selling artists in the world. Great hits such as ‘One Love’ and ‘No Woman Nuh Cry’ are still topping the charts around the world. In fact, in 2010, Marley’s album “Legend” was the number one reggae album on iTunes in every major territory except Japan, Germany and the Netherlands.
Posthumous Awards and Honours
Bob has received a wide range of prestigious awards both locally and internationally. In 1993, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was awarded Album of the century by Time Magazine for Exodus in 1999. In 2001, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and also the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the same year. In April of 2009, he was awarded Jamaica’s third highest honour, the order of Merit. Notably, his song “One Love” was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC. This impressive and only partial list of accolades demonstrates in no uncertain terms, the love and admiration that Bob Marley has received.
One of the 20th century’s most charismatic performers, Bob Marley’s now transcends the role of reggae celebrity: he is regarded as a cultural icon who implored his people to know their history, respect their culture and love themselves and one another. The global influence of Bob Marley sans and transcends the charts. Indeed, his reach transcends records sales even in the millions.
Even today, he is still inspiring millions of people around the world through his timely messages of peace, love, brotherhood and serenity. This is why he holds an almost deity-like status among many Jamaicans and Rastafarians around the world. Bob did great things during his lifetime and today his music lives after him. Today, his music speaks volumes of this man’s global reach and power, a power that is absolute, a power that is consummate. In his own words, ‘my music will go on forever’, he was right. Undoubtedly, Bob Marley is still the king of reggae, unchallenged, unmatched.
By Norvan Martin