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Bob Marley is known first and foremost as one of the most innovative and well known reggae musicians of all time. Much of his work dealt with the struggles of the poor and the powerless. Bob Marley and the Wailers helped make reggae mainstream, taking it beyond the borders of his homeland, Jamaica. He was also a well-known devotee of the Rastafarian faith, preaching brotherhood and peace for all mankind. Marley was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1977, but it was kept secret until he collapsed in New York's Central Park four years later. He was buried near his birthplace at Nine Miles, Jamaica. Bob Marley Singer/Sonwriter

A Boy Named Bob Marley

"Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect and I don't live to be. But, before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean." - Bob Marley

Bob Marley was a legendary Jamaican musician, songwriter and the world's most famous reggae singer of all time. He is credited for his contribution in spreading Jamaican music and the Rastafari Movement to the world. The legendary Musician along with his band, The Wailers has become the voice of the society of Jamaica.

Bob Marley: The Birth

"Live the life you love. Love the life you live." - Bob Marley

Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley was born on early morning of February 6, 1945. Her loving mother, Cedella Malcolm was still 18 years of age when she gave birth to a boy that would later become "the reggae king of the world".

Captain Norval Marley is a white Jamaican of mixed and English descent, the father of Bob Marley was an overseer of the West India Regiment. He worked as a "bockra massa", a broker who deals with poor residents concerning farming contracts or resettlements.

While Norval Marley stays at Nine Miles, he became a tenant at the Big House owned by Malcolm's family. During his stay at the Malcolm's residence, Norval met Cedella. The two fell in love. But unfortunately, after giving birth to the young Bob the couple got separated.

Cedella's pregnancy was greatly assisted by her family members. While Captain Norval was always away because of his work, Cedella's father - Omeriah supported her through the toughest time of being a young mother.

The Malcolm's family was among the most respected citizens at Nine Miles. Omeriah was the Custos or a Colonial Magistrate. Moreover, the family was among the principal landowners in the rural district.

Bob Marley: Early childhood

"Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you're riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!" - Bob Marley

The young Bob Marley was exposed to the culturally rich environment of Nine Miles. His loving family and the community he was raise molded his being.
However, Black or mixed with Black at that time are being discriminated. Not to mention the harshful treatment of his father to him and Cedella. Unluckily, Cedella and Bob were cut off from the rightful inheritance of Captain Norval.

When Bob was 4 months old, Omeriah diagnosed Bob's condition that resulted from "science". Science in the Jamaican traditional sense pertains to unseen forces of evil using human beings for the purpose of doing evil.

Omeriah keep a fatherly watch over to Bob until his last breathe. Cedella also protected Bob all the time, afraid that her son will be harm by the evil.
Cedella and Bob moved to Town. Captain Norval sent a letter to Cedella asking her to allow Bob to stay in his nephew's place. Captain Norval's nephew was a Kingston business man. He told Cedella that Bob will be provided with all his needs better than what she can provide.

Cedella made a difficult decision of sending Bob, but with a hope that her son will be better for his education and living. The young Bob was distraught but went anyway.
Moments pass, Cedella haven't receive letters from his child's guardian. Worried, she went to see his son and end up taking him again.

Cedella bring Bob to Trench Town. After moving around for a short while, finally she got a place to settle in. Cedella tried her best to raise Bob. In the place where they stay, neighbors would call Bob as the "likkle but tallawah" (small but powerful). Though the place mirrors poverty, young Bob uses it as a source of inspiration in some of his music.

Bob teenage years were hard for him. He and his mother were victims of poverty. Illegal activity was rampant. His mother was worried with her child's safety. She always told Bob to stay out of trouble and never engage with any illegal activity.

He worked as an apprentice in a welding shop. While working, he suffered his first injury to the eye, which resulted in the end of his work and a pursuit of his interest in music.

Bob Marley: Music and Guitar

"My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever." - Bob Marley

Bob's first guitar was made from a herring pan and wood. His cousin made it. At the young age, Bob has a passion in music. Bob's love of music was not nurtured by ready made tools and skilled professionals at this stage but by the simple life and a loving environment.

Bob's natural love for music was nurtured by the wonderful music industry in Kingston. Together with his childhood friend Bunny Wailer Livingston and new friends, they favored music as a tool for peace and harmony.

Cedella was worried for her son's safety. She was not sure if she would encourage her son to pursue a career in music. However, Bob ensured her that he would not be harm and he will not use music to initiate wrong doing.

Bob Marley: The Start of Musical Career

Bob Marley first recorded song was "Judge Not", produced by Leslie Kong's Beverly Production Studio. The song shocked the music industry with its success. Bob Marley worked with many producers including Sir Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Chris Blackwell.

During the time of turbulence, where gangs and gun violence are common, Bob Marley used his music to spread a message of peace. His songs were evidence of his hopes, fears, beliefs and love interests.

His mind, body and soul were too attached with the vibrant life of the Sufferah's. The community became Bob Marley's inspiration on his music. He loves his country so much that refuses her mother's request of moving in USA.

When his mother was away, Bob reflected a responsible and matured man beyond his years.

On February 10, 1966, He married Rita Anderson. Rita was a nurse and a single mother. Bob accepted and love her beyond her condition.

Bob Marley: Religion

Bob Marley was a member of the Rastafari movement. He became an ardent proponent of Rastafari. The Rastafari movement is a new religious movement in Jamaica of black slaves. It arose in the 1930s, the time when the country has predominantly Christian culture. Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930-1974), as God incarnate, the Second Advent, or the reincarnation of Jesus.

Bob Marley: His Death

"Bob Marley was the Third World's first pop superstar. He was the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of reggae. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter, he brought the lyrical force of Bob Dylan, the personal charisma of John Lennon, and the essential vocal stylings of Smokey Robinson into one voice." -- Jann Wenner

On May 11, 1981, Bob died of cancer. It was Malignant Melanoma, a type cancer that was found on his toe.
The injury while playing soccer with some friends has unexpectedly led to a wound that was pretty extreme for a minor injury. He decided to see a doctor and was diagnosed with Melanoma. In order to get well, amputation was recommended. But Bob refused because as a devout Rastafarian, Amputation is sinful.


By the late summer of 1980, the cancer has metastasized throughout his body. On September of 1980, he had his last performance at Pittsburgh. On flight home to Jamaica, Bob Marley died.

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Robb Zerr .
Don't Worry About a Thing, Bob Marley
“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.” Bob Marley Quotes Any fan of Bob Marley knows this line from the song Three Little Birds. In just a few lines it captures the very essence of life in the Caribbean where everything moves at a snail’s pace, change is s… [ Read More ]
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