Monday, April 26, 2010

Bob Marley - Music and Soul

By Pollux Parker

No-one comes close to how Bob Marley has touched the world with the vibrant jive of reggae music. This is true, even to this day.

This dreadlock-sporting musician and singer from Jamaica was born on February 6, 1945. Robert Nesta Marley was born to Norval Sinclair Marley and Cedalla Booker. His father, who was away most of the time, would usually just give financial support to him and his mother. His father died - away from his wife and from Bob - when he was only 10 years old. The pain that he actually carried in his heart for a lifetime was the way people mocked his being "a half and half," which he deeply felt as he grew. However, through his songs, he described the hardship a man of African-American descent faces in this kind of world.

He did not finish schooling and joined a group of friends to play music. From "The Teenagers," the group became "The Wailers" and this team up has produced songs like "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up." Even though he broke up with his band, he continued to record songs as "Bob Marley and The Wailers."

He was also famous for being a member of Rastafari and many people have adapted this way of life through his influence. Rastafari are monotheists who worship a supreme being called Jah. According to its members, it is not a religion, but an ideology - one which aims to find "faith from within." Membership reached to around a million, many of whom may have been heavily influenced by Bob Marley and the reggae music.

By the time of his death in 1984, his compilation album has already sold around 20 million units around the globe. His music and artistry is a testimony to how deeply he left a mark in this world, and how he gave honor to the Jamaican flag.

Pollux Parker is an adventurer who loves discovering secret island getaways in each country he visits. Pollux also likes to collect Jamaican Flag and buy Jamaican Flag.

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