Celebrating the legend Bob Marley on his 72nd birth anniversary.
Easily one of the most iconic and charismatic performers of all time, Bob Marley is way more than a reggae artist. With his music, energy and beliefs he continues to be a cultural icon who empowers his followers. And the world in general as well, given the times we live in we could all do with some peace, love and unity.
Bob Marley formed the Wailers along with Bunny Wailer and Peter and long before either had widespread acceptance in Jamaica, they defiantly championed marijuana usage and Rastafari beliefs through their music. Later, Tosh and Wailer developed thriving solo careers, but Marley emerged as reggae’s most charismatic and successful artist, with The Wailers, since 1974, as his backing band.
Over the ensuing days, Bob’s feel alright anthem ‘One Love’ was named Song of the Millennium by BBC. His music gained significance to reggae and popular music overall, with hits like ‘Concrete Jungle’ and ‘Ambush In The Night’ a song which also addresses colonialism, oppression and salvation through Rastafari.
Now that it has been 36 years since his passing, Bob Marley is still arguably the planet’s most-recognized musicians. His image was and is still seen on a range of products – from t-shirts to shoes to headphones to coffee.
As a celebration of this day and by some massive stroke of luck lost recordings by Bob Marley were discovered in a hotel basement in London after more than 40 years. These tapes are the original, high-quality live recordings of the reggae legend’s concerts in London and Paris between 1974 and 1978. Some of the tracks include No Woman No Cry, Jamming and Exodus.
Take a listen to this Grammy lifetime achievement award winner and you’ll realize how his music is so relevant more so now than ever before.