Remembering the king of Reggae, Bob Marley

Although Marley was a Rastafarian, a Jamaican passport officer mistakenly reversed his first and middle name; and his official name became Robert Nesta Marley

By Author  |  Published: 20th Sep 2019  8:06 pm
Bob Marley

It’s been three decades that the most famous singer and songwriter Robert Nesta Marley aka Bob Marley was born on 6 February 1945. Born to a Jamaican mom and a white dad, Bob, was one of the artistes in the world who showed how musicians could and should fight against oppression.

He transcended three musical genres successfully, namely rock steady, reggae and ska. However, he is still considered to be the king of reggae and his legendary songs are still on the top of most playlists and the passion he embodied and communicated when he performed his music shows live are highly influential that won over his audiences and earned him fans across the globe.

Although Marley considered cannabis also known as marijuana a healing herb, he supported the legalisation of the drug. His songs expressed peace, love, and equality, and these values were an expression of the philosophy he lived by.

After forming Bob Marley and the Wailers they released their debut studio album The Wailing Wailers in 1965, which contained the single One Love/People Get Ready and the song was immensely popular, topping the top five worldwide music charts, and this established the group as a rising figure in reggae music.

Bob MarleyMarley was an artiste whose mixed racial background and life experiences contributed significantly to his journey which made him a superstar. His songs depicted about the struggles of the African people while suggesting the need for Pan-African unity to overcome oppression. After releasing numerous songs and successful live shows. In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe, a symptom of already-existing cancer.

Marley collapsed during a jogging tour in Central Park and was brought to the hospital where he learned that his cancer had spread to his brain. After two days, his last concert took place at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 23 September 1980. Marley’s health deteriorated as his cancer had spread throughout his body and Marley died on May 11, 1981.

Marley was buried with the possessions that had the most meaning and value to him in his life. They included his red Gibson guitar, a bud of marijuana, a Bible and a football. It was a complete mixture of religion, music and football which happen to be the legendary singer and a third word hero, Bob Marley’s vital components of his extravagant life.

Lyrics of No Woman No Cry

No, woman, no cry
No, woman, no cry…..
‘Cause, ’cause, ’cause I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
Oba observing the ‘ypocrites
Mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we have, oh, good friends we’ve lost
Along the way
In this great future, you can’t forget your past
So dry your tears, I seh
No, woman, no cry
No, woman, no cry
‘Ere, little darlin’, don’t shed no tears
No, woman, no cry
Said, said, said, I remember when-a we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire lights, I seh
A log wood burnin’ through the night
Then we would cook cornmeal porridge, I seh
Of which I’ll share with you
My feet is my only carriage
And so I’ve got to push on through
But while I’m gone
Everything’s gonna be all right
Everything’s gonna be all right
Everything’s gonna be all right
Everything’s gonna be all right
Everything’s gonna be all right
Everything’s gonna be all right
Everything’s gonna be all right
Everything’s gonna be all right
So no woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
I say, oh little oh little darling, don’t shed no tears
No woman, no cry
No woman, no woman, no woman, no cry
No woman, no cry, one more time I’ve got to say
Oh little little darling, please don’t shed no tears
No woman, no cry
No woman, no woman no cry


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