Reggae Style Birthday Boy- Bob Marley


Long live the rebel spirit of this late great reggae legend! Robert Nesta Marley was born on this day, 1945, in the tiny village of Nine Mile Jamaica. Much like another popular public figure today, Robert struggled with poverty and his mixed race heritage as he came of age.

“I don’t have prejudice against meself. My father was a white and my mother was black…Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me…”

Known for his dance-able messages of hope and change he altered the fate of his homeland as well as the Rastafari movement. Although he passed on in ’81 the poetry of his lyrics ring relevant even today:

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our own minds…”

Marley suffered and eventually passed from cancer, mostly refusing treatment due to his religious beliefs. A vegetarian who sought to live out the natural course of life- he chose a path that took him to his next world earlier than some would have preferred. Purportedly his last words to son Ziggy were

“Money can’t buy life.”

Marley’s recognition heightened posthumously. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and Time magazine selected Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus as the “greatest album of the 20th century”. In 2001, Marley received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a feature-length documentary about his life, Rebel Music, accumulated multiple awards at the Grammys. His compilation album Legend remains the most popular reggae album to date.

Despite his popularity Marley led a fairly simple life, let’s just let him speak for himself…

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