The Love, Life, and Legacy of Bob Marley

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Though Bob Marley is best known for his dreadlocks and reggae music, he also had a strong voice and political impact in the world. Marley is well known for his incredible message of peace and unity. He wished the world to be united as one because we are all, in his words, “one love,” and “one heart.”  He encouraged others to rebel against racism and violence and to spread peace and love.

Bob Marley was born February 6, 1945, in Jamaica and died May 11, 1981, in Miami. Marley died from the spreading of melanoma to his lungs and brain at age 36. Even though he lived a short life, he certainly lived a large one. You can truly see the beauty in Bob Marley just by the last words he spoke to one of his children, Ziggy Marley, on his deathbed: “Money can’t buy life.” Bob Marley didn’t care about money, nor did he believe money is needed in order to be happy, fulfilled, or to live life to the fullest.

Marley had already cheated death on December 3, 1976, when he tried to ease tension between two conflicted political groups from the island of Jamaica by headlining a concert organized by the Prime Minister called Smile Jamaica, to unite the country. Though Marley was apolitical and didn’t choose a side, it was viewed that he was choosing, and this angered people because everyone wanted him on their party’s side because he had become a prominent public figure. Just a few days before the concert, a gunman attacked Marley’s home, and he was shot in the upper arm. Doctors warned him that by removing the bullet it may cause him to lose control of his fingers. So Marley kept the bullet in his arm for the rest of his life, because he couldn’t imagine a world where he wasn’t able to play instruments and make music. Rather than being deterred by the violent incident, two days later Marley performed an inspiring performance in front of 80,000 people. This was one of the most monumental shows of his musical career.

Marley connected with his fans on many different levels. He worked to unite the people of his country and he declared his message across the world. Bob Marley pushed his fans to accept the message of ethnic unity and peace through his actions, lifestyle, social interactions, and music. He believed that everyone should be treated equal and we should stand together, as one and as the human race and fight for these rights.

There is no possible way to be sad, or angry, or anything but exceptionally happy while listening to Bob Marley. His music is all about happiness and acceptance. He is undoubtedly the most famous reggae artist of all time. Marley is responsible for bringing reggae out into the world, and he did so with a unique style. Of the many genres of music, reggae is one that displays a positive message to its listeners. Through love and understanding, reggae music breaks down barriers and invites peace and unity in as a way of life. This was Marley’s way of life. He was a man who rejected money and worldly possessions as he fought for equality and happiness.

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