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The Life & Music of Bob Marley : 

The Life & Music of Bob Marley Sam Vea | Music 102 | May 28, 2010

Biography : 

Biography Born as Robert Nesta Marley on February 6, 1945 in Saint Ann, Jamaica Father: Norval Sinclair Marley was a white Englishman, Mother: Cedelia Booker was a black Jamaican. Jamaican singer, guitarist, song writer, and musician. Member of the Rastafari movement. Married Rita Anderson in 1966 Has 12 children, only 4 of them with Rita. Known for his signature “dreadlocks” Died of cancer in Miami, Florida on May 11, 1981.

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His father died when he was 10 years old. Moved to Kingston’s Trench town with mom after death of father. At 14, dropped out of high school and pursued his interests. Had “jam sessions” with Bunny Wailer and Ska musician Joe Higgs.

His Music : 

His Music Jam Sessions-a group of people singing and playing, “jamming” Ska-upbeat, quick, and exciting music made for dancing. Rocksteady-slower and relaxing music made for dancing. First recordings back in the 60’s. First singles were, “Judge Not” and “One Cup of Coffee.” Converts to Rastafarianism, and his career lifts off. Changes from Ska and Rocksteady to Reggae. Reggae-genre that grew out of many styles such as: the traditional Jamaican music, Ska, Rocksteady, and R&B.

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His group sprang up from the ground- The Wailers of whom included Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh. Bob Marley was the lead singer, guitarist, and song writer. The song, “One Love” easily became popular due to its message about unity, peace, and love. The song, “Redemption Song” also became a favorite in the native land of Jamaica. His songs sent the message of determination, rebellion, and faith to the public. “Buffalo Soldier” is one of the easier to analyze. Reggae music important in spreading the Rastafarian movement against oppression and racism. Marley’s secret messages in the songs, put his life at risk, when in 1976 he was wounded in a assassination attempt.

Albums : 

Albums Legend Catch A Fire Burnin The Best of the Wailers Satisfy My Soul African Herbsman Keep On Skanking

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Influence & Impact : 

Influence & Impact Promoted peace, the idea of “One Love” through music. Awarded Jamaica’s Order of Merit for his contribution to the country’s culture. Representative for both the Jamaican people and the Rastafarian religion. “Brought reggae to the world” Awakened people of that generation to the politics, and ideas that were being ignored. Urged Peace, Love, and Unity throughout all his songs.

Death : 

Death In 1977, Bob was diagnosed with cancer. He injured his right toe, and due to his Rastafarian faith, he never did any treatment on it. The Rastafarian faith believes that he must keep his body whole, so he did not forego amputation. Because of this decision, the cancer spread to his lungs, liver, stomach, and brain. Bob Marley died on May 11th, 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida at the age of only 36. His last words were to his son Ziggy, “Money can’t buy life”

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