Happy Birthday to Bob Marley

Bob Marley would have turned 67 years old today. [Also see previous post Happy birthday, Bob, love Africa.] Mel Cooke (Jamaica Gleaner) summarizes all the events celebrating his life in Jamaica:  

On Saturday night, the Marley quartet closed the International Night of the Trench Town Community Festival, and yesterday was his official birthday concert in Emancipation Park. Last weekend, the hallowed Marley musical name was at the epicentre of the telecommunications sponsorship wars, with LIME carrying the Trench Town concert on its mobile television service and had a heavy sponsorship presence; last night’s Emancipation Park concert was staged in part by Digicel.

Today, the birthday celebrations [were] at the Bob Marley Museum, 56 Hope Road, St Andrew, beginning with Nyabinghi Drumming at Sunrise (5 a.m.), then blessings from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (8 a.m.), and birthday cake cutting. There will be music all day, then the Bob Marley Birthday Jam Session from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Bob Marley was born February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, St Ann, and died on May 11, 1981, in Miami, United States. It is the predominantly roots reggae Island/Tuff Gong albums which have made Marley a legend, even though he started with ska. After Catch a Fire, came Burnin (1973), Natty Dread (1974), Rastaman Vibration (1976), Exodus (1977), Kaya (1978), Survival (1979), Uprising (1980) and Confrontation (1983). Live! (1975) and Babylon by Bus (1978) are the official live sets of the 1970s.

Legend, released in 1984, is a ‘best of’ Marley compilation which officially went diamond in 2009, 18 years after Nielsen SoundScan officially started tracking sales. It was the 17th album to officially move 10 million units.

Now, for the week of February 11, Marley father and son are in the Billboard top five reggae albums, Stephen at three with Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life, and Bob at number four with Live Forever.

For original article, see http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120206/ent/ent1.html

Image of Bob Marley from http://kierakiera.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/r-i-p-bob-marley/

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