Bob Marley: Jamaican Reggae and Rastafari Hero


Nobody in the world is more famous for popularizing reggae than Bob Marley. Born as Robert Nesta Marley in February 6, 1945 in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, he is a well-known Jamaican musician and singer-songwriter who brought Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.

His best hits include "No Woman, No Cry", "I Shot the Sheriff", "Stir It Up", "Could You Be Loved", "Redemption Song", "Jamming", and "One Love". Three years after his death, the compilation album Legend (1984) was released which thereafter became the best selling reggae album in the world, garnering 10 times platinum in the US and also sold 20 million copies around the globe.

He was a leading advocate of the Rastafari movement, the culture which brought out reggae music from the obscure areas of Jamaica into the global music scene. He was a vegetarian, following the practice of Ital which turns away from consuming meat.

He had eleven children. Three of those were with his wife Rita, two were from Rita's former relationships and the rest were with other women.


He died on May 11, 1981 because of acral lentiginous melanoma which he fought since July 1977. "Money can't buy life" were the final words he told his son ZIggy on his death bed in the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami. A state funeral was given ten days after. Other recognitions were the Jamaican Order of Merit, a series of postage stamps and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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