Bob Marley

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Bob Marley





Aside from music, football played a major role throughout his life.As well as playing the game, in parking lots, fields, and even inside recording studios, growing up he followed the Brazilian club Santos and its star player Pelé. Marley surrounded himself with people from the sport, and in the 1970s made the Jamaican international footballer Allan “Skill” Cole his tour manager. He told a journalist, “If you want to get to know me, you will have to play football against me and the Wailers.”

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica and he was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.In 1963, Marley and his friends formed the Wailing Wailers. The Wailers' big break came in 1972, when they landed a contract with Island Records. Marley went on to sell more than 20 million records throughout his career, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World. He died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981.

Bob Marley was a member for some years of the Rastafari movement, whose culture was a key element in the development of reggae. He became a proponent of Rastafari, taking their music out of the socially deprived areas of Jamaica and into the international music scene. According to Marley's biographers, he affiliated with the Twelve Tribes Mansion, one of the Mansions of Rastafari. He was in the denomination known as "Tribe of Joseph", because he was born in February (each of the twelve sects being composed of members born in a different month). He signified this in his album liner notes, quoting the portion from Genesis that includes Jacob's blessing to his son Joseph.Shortly before his death, Marley was baptised into Christianity by Archbishop Abuna Yesehaq of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kingston, Jamaica, on 4 November 1980.

In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe. Contrary to urban legend, this lesion was not primarily caused by an injury during a football match that year, but was instead a symptom of the already-existing cancer.Despite his illness, he continued touring and was in the process of scheduling a world tour in 1980.The band completed a major tour of Europe, where it played its biggest concert to 100,000 people in Milan. Bob Marley appeared in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 23 September 1980; where it would be his last concert.Shortly afterwards, Marley's health deteriorated as the cancer had spread throughout his body. The tour he was doing was cancelled and Marley sought treatment. After fighting the cancer without success for eight months Marley boarded a plane for his home in Jamaica. While Marley was flying home from Germany to Jamaica, his vital functions worsened. After landing in Miami, Florida, he was taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention. Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981 in Miami at the age of 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death. His final words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."



The first time I heard the music of Bob Marley I knew then my style of music was reggae. Since that time, that was many years ago, Bob inspired me to enter the world of music, singing. Every day I hear one of his songs, that besides inspiration, brings me happiness. For me Bob Marley is a lifestyle, a way of looking at life from the bright side.


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