Today, the distinguished reggae artist , the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, popularly known as Bob Marley is regarded as one of the most talented musical legend of all times. With his passion for music and creativity the legend charted his own course in the music industry as a unique songwriter, singer and performer. He is regarded and accepted world wide as the “King of Reggae” and has successfully transcended three Jamaican genres from 1960 through to the 1980s. These include Rock Steady, Ska and Reggae.
Marley’s passion for music was reflected in his performance on stage with swaying long locs, sometimes closed eyes and beautiful heart felt melodies. His passion often instilled excitement in audience as he rocked stages and his guitar with the very beat from his soul. Marley’s music was filled with his philosophy with emphasis primarily placed on love, peace, equality and his spirituality. His passion played a huge part in its popularity then and today world wide with many still listening to his music in places such as Europe, America, African and the Caribbean.
Marley’s commitment to Rastafarianism and his views on social issues were the cornerstone of his music. One of his most popular song today is “One Love” which was voted the best song of the 20th century. It speaks to the hope of world peace and his position on equality of all races, classes and ethnicity. These are especially depicted in the track “War”. Songs such as “Rastaman Vibration” and “Jah Live” on the other hand, reinforces his religious beliefs.
His album, “Exodus” (1977) was also voted the greatest album of the century by the US based, Times Magazine, one of his greatest achievements.
He was awarded Jamaica’s third highest honour in 1981, the Order of Merit, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Jamaican culture. Along with this, he also received an official funeral from the Jamaican Government following his death in 1981. His contribution to the Reggae music has always made way for the celebration of Reggae Month observed on February of every year.
Memories of the legend has also been preserved at the Bob Marley museum which is located on the musician’s home which he purchased in 1975. Converted into a museum by his wife, Rita Marley, the home displays Marley’s personal treasures. It features a theatre, a gallery and photo and gift shops with a wide array of of Bob Marley’s memorabilia. It also boast a cafe called “One Love Cafe” which provides meals and beverages after tours which gives a peak into the life of the musical legend.
Today the songs of the “King of Reggae” remains on the playlists of many people worldwide. He has in fact recently been featured on The Release, one of the Caribbean International Network’s (CIN) most popular program. His songs are used as example for many artists who would like to be successful in the musical industry such as popular Jamaican Reggae artist Chronixx. He remains the icon for many today.