Bob Marley, Musician & Advocate
Besides being a musician, he’s an advocate for social change. Marley created beautiful music while allowing listeners to forget their troubles and dance. As for his music, although Marley is enthusiastic about music from a very young age. He has disappointing record sales as a solo artist with his first singles, “Judge Not” and “One Cup of Coffee”. He then decides to collaborate with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer to create “The Wailers.” This group later becomes “Bob Marley and the Wailers” and achieve international fame. The group makes Bob Marley a household name and brings worldwide attention to Jamaican culture, Reggae music and the Rastafari movement.
Considered the patron saint of Reggae. He produces mellow island beats that spread the message of peace, love and positive vibes. Furthermore, Bob Marley was reggae’s foremost practitioner and emissary, embodying its spirit and spreading its gospel to all. Although the Wailers are popular in Jamaica. Not until the group signs with Chris Blackwell’s Island Records in the early Seventies do they capture an international audience.
Their first recordings for Island, Catch a Fire (1973) and Burnin’ (1973), are hard-hitting albums. Furthermore, critic Robert Christgau calls these albums full of what Marley’s “melodic propaganda”. The latter contains “I Shot the Sheriff”. Reggae aficionado Eric Clapton’s version of the song went to #1 in 1974. Which further carries the name of Marley and the Wailers beyond their Jamaican home base.
Meanwhile, Marley’s music continues to find an audience. With sales of more than 10 million in the U.S. alone. Legend, a best of spanning the Island Records years (1972-1981) remains the best-selling album by a Jamaican artist. As well as the best-selling reggae album in history. For more info about Bob Marley check out: http://www.bobmarley.com/
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Credits: Stock Photo of BOB MARLEY Jamaican reggae musician in 1976. Which we think captures the true essence of what Bob Marley is about! Taken by Pictorial Press Ltd. #AEHAK8
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