Bob Marley – The Musician: The Legend Lives On
Bob Marley, the great reggae icon known for bringing the world hits such as One Love and Redemption Song, is more than a musician- he is a legend.
Along with his music, he has brought to the world an image, a perception and an ideology. The red, green and gold, the meditative vibrations of Rastafari, wisdom, love and grace were his messages; his message that has lived on after his passing over 30 years ago.
Marley was born Nesta Robert Marley on February 6, 1945 in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica. In 1963, Marley and his friends formed a popular group, the Wailing Wailers with whom he produced well known albums as well as a number of singles. To date, Marley has sold more than 20 million records, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World.
He died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981at the very young age of 36 years old. Had he lived, this February 6th would have been his 68th birthday.
Bob’s Musical Influence
Many do not know that Marley started his musical journey with Ska and later gravitated towards reggae as the music evolved. For the better part of the 70s and 80s however, Marley mostly taught music, played and sang at small outings.
Bob sang solo for a long period in the 1970s and 1980s. He then moved on to work with The Wailers and the I-Three. At this time, they were produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, then with Lee Perry and later Chris Blackwell. These associations led to the production of his most renowned albums such as Exodus, One Love and Survival.
Bob’s music has had a tremendous influence on the world both in terms of reach and impact. In 2001, he was bestowed The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an honour given by the Recording Academy to “performers who during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.
Celebrating His Life
The life of Bob Marley and his music ares not just celebrated in Jamaica, but across the length and breadth of the globe. He is not only celebrated by musicians, but by everyone who his music has touched or has in some way influenced whether as a strong, compelling force or as inspiring words of wisdom.
He is celebrated in Jamaica
Every year, various celebratory activities commemorate the life of a great man. There are concerts, public displays, song dedications as well as a general re-awareness of Marleyâ€™s impact nationally and internationally.
He is celebrated on social media
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are just some of the social media sites on which fans hail the musical genius of the legend. On his birthday, people shared statuses, videos and tweets lauding Marley’s contribution to the world.
He is celebrated around the world
Events are held around the globe, mostly in the form of concerts or stage shows. These shows often feature popular reggae artistes and are usually free. These extremely popular events are held in Ethiopia, China, Argentina, Europe, North America, etc and are supported by fans and Rastafarians across the globe.
Marley’s work was largely responsible for the mainstream cultural acceptance of reggae music outside of Jamaica. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution created a legacy that continues to live on not only through the music of his extended family, but also through generations of artists, the world over who have been touched by his genius.
By: Norvan Martin