Bob Marley, one of music’s most influential and iconic figures who introduced the world to Rastafarian culture and music. Bob Marley incorporated every day struggles and controversial issues to his music. His magnificent songs of faith, devotion and revolution manifested a legacy that has touched and affected artist throughout many generations and live on in modern day music.
Robert Nesta Marley born February 6 1945 in St, Ann’s Parish, Jamaica. Born to a white father and a teen colored mother. When he turned 14 he left home to pursue his career in music in Kingston. Under the supervision of Joe Higgs, Marley was able to produce his first single, “Jude Not”, which was released in 1962. He was fortunate enough to join 5 fellow artists, that following year. Together they formed a teen vocal group and were signed by producer Coxsone Dodd. As a group they started to attract audiences outside of Jamaica. (Allmusic)
As great as Marley’s celebrity had developed outside of Jamaica, at home he was concerned as a mystical figure, a poet and prophet whose words had the nation’s ears. In 1972 Marley signed by Island Records and started his solo career. The following year Catch a Fire debuted, hitting 51 on Billboard’s 200. After the huge success of this album, Bob Marley and the Wailers continued to produce chart topper albums, such as “Natty Dread”, “Rastaman Vibration” and “Uprising”. (Rollingstone)
Bob Marley was an imaginative musician, as well as a songwriter of beauty and a harmonious singer. He was revolutionary proportion. He was the first international superstar to originate from a third world country and said to be the last. The pure emotion that is poured into the lyrics and melodies of Marley’s songs define and represent his genius and brilliance.