70 years after his birth Bob Marley legacy marked by the world


People all over the world will remember Bob Marley the Jamaican reggae icon on Friday on what could have been his seventieth birthday, Noel Angeles reports for SMN Weekly.

University of West Indies Institute of Caribbean Studies lecturer Ray Hitchins stated that his legacy was not complete. There was continuous growth in his influence and expansion. It had not yet met its complete potential.

The future superstar had been born in Nine Miles in 1945. He nurtured his skills in music in Trench Town during his adolescence. Trench Town was a suburb of Kingston that was poor. It was here that he had met with members of The Wailers.

According to the author of “Bob Marley: The Untold Story” Chris Salewicz, Marley turned to song writing about political and social issues after his sojourn in the United States in the mid-160s where his mother was then living.

Salewicz had stated that Marley had worked in a Delaware car factory at a period when there was very strong racial segregation.

The author stated that situation of racism which Marley had encountered in the US was the inspiration of a lot of the songs that he recorded in the studio with the Wailers when he returned to Jamaica.

But it was Chris Blackwell founder of the Island Records that used his strategy of emphasizing the Rastafarian-laced mystique of Marley that helped “Catch a Fire” the 1972 album to gain recognition internationally.

In an interview, the author of “Reggae, Rastafari and the Rhetoric of Social Control” Stephen King stated that the decision to deliver Marley’s music through albums instead of singles which was Jamaica’s dominant form contributed to the reggae’s rapid globalization.

The songs of Marley were about emancipation, rejecting colonialism, and social transformation in a period of struggles for national liberation and decolonization.

The University of West Indies’ Literary and Cultural Studies professor Carolyn Cooper stated that reggae had turned into the soundtrack for those who were dissent politically.

According to Hitchins, even though he had no enjoyment of his special status as a celebrity in his native country the music of Bob Marley did manage to influence the elections in Jamaica in 1980, 1976, and 1972.

Kind stated that Rastafari and reggae were used by politicians in those days to search for a new market of voters, middle and low class that eventually got the way paved for both Rastafari and reggae to be legitimized.

Hitchins stated that Marley was one of the first singers of reggae to publicly embrace the faith of Rastafari in a country where open discrimination was faced by Rastas.

In a lot of corners in the world, from Dubai to Pennsylvania, Bucharest to San Juan, there are plans for activities to have the life of Marley and his anthems like “Exodus,” “No Woman, No Cry,” and “One Love” commemorated.

In Los Angeles, The Grammy Museum proclaimed 6th of February as Bob Marley Day, while there are plans by Universal Music to launch on February 17 a CD that has never been released and a video from a 1978 Boston concert by Marley.

For the original report go to http://www.smnweekly.com/70-years-after-his-birth-bob-marley-legacy-marked-by-the-world/14359/

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