"None but ourselves can free our minds."
"Live for yourself, and you will live in vain. Live for others, and you will live again." - Bob Marley
One of the most celebrated singers and songwriters, Bob Marley, hardly needs any introduction. He was a man of passion, beliefs and love. All his life he stood for human rights, fought against poverty and all social menaces with weapon none other than his guitar. He reached people's heart in a way like none other.
Those who hardly understood English were also his biggest fans because he spoke for justice. Also, love, as we know, needs no language. His love for people and his sympathy for their problems made them found in him their ultimate hero. His songs were top hits, and he received an Oscar for his immense contribution to music. His honors and achievements other than this are infinite.
Let me take you to his impeccable life journey. If your heart still beats for this great legend BOB MARLEY, hit share.
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Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945; nine miles, St. Ann, Jamaica. His mother was 18 when he was born. All his childhood, he lived with his people. Their long kept tradition of story telling and values instilled in him the love for his homeland which evident from his every song. He was the man of the soil, and all his success never changed his way of thinking and living.
Bob never liked school, well who does? His mother Norval married later in 1945, but her family never supported her; only the elder brother provided her with financial help. She took Bob to the nearest town for school, to nephew's home. While she stayed at nine miles, Norval learnt that Bob wasn't attending any school. Agitated, she brought him back home.
In the late 1950's, his teenage, he moved back to Kingston to find where his destiny lies. His mother was never sure of his career in music so when asked; Bob reluctantly worked as a welding technician. But who could stop what he was going to become? He was called "TUFF GONG" by many of his friends and people; because he learned the tactics easily to fight street bullies.
Bob met his childhood friend Neville Livingston a.k.a. Bunny and began attending Musical lessons in Kingston from Joe Higgs; who was an established singer back then. Higgs, made Bob and Bunny meet Peter Tosh, and soon after they became great friends; and the Legendary band was born. 'The Wailers'.
When 'The Wailers' were in Sweden working on a background score with John Nash, they secured a contract with CBS Records in early 1972. They were in London promoting the song 'Reggae On Broadway'. But the owners saw a little potential and left 'The Wailers'. By another chance accident, Bob met Blackwell, owner of the island records. After the farewell of the top reggae star Jimmy Cliff; Blackwell saw a perfect fit in Bob Marley and his band. And there was the deal that altered all music lover's life. The deal that would make 'The Wailers' sine.
Bob Marley and the Wailers were absolute sensations all over the country. With 'Burnin' and 'Catching A Fire', 'The Wailers' saw no way back. Several more albums launched and live tours all around the world; their fame rose across the globe. Bob was now the global reggae star who had internationally popularised Rastafarian culture and beliefs. But back home, his influences had somehow created tension between two political alliances. When asked, Bob Marley did never deny the request of holding a concert called 'Smile Jamaica', free of cost. During his concert, he joined the hands of two opposing parties in order to bring peace to his homeland. Observing his efforts he received the UN Medal for Peace. Such was his Magic and charisma.
Dead Locks and marijuana, the trademarks of this great legend were symbols of his belief in 'Rastafari culture'. He became a follower in 1966 and visited Africa in late 1978 and learned more about it. The believers of Rastafari call it a 'Way of Life' rather than calling it a religion. His music let people all over the world know about Rastafari beliefs and Reggae music. Reggae music is intimately connected to Rastafari, and its lyrics did speak of oppression, poverty, slavery, racism, and human rights. His songs were a devotion to his culture 'Redemption Song' and 'Forever Loving Jah'.
Bob Marley died of cancer at the age of 36. Malignant melanoma is a rare type of cancer that develops in the toe. Two days after he discovered about his disease he gave a live performance at Pittsburgh. His last album was called the UPRISING. He fought the battle for eight months, and while travelling back home, he left us on May 11, 1981. But people like him never die, he stays alive in our hearts forever. Passion like his inspires us. BOB FOREVER!