Today Robert Nesta Marley would have been 70 years old, but he completed his earthly journey on May 11th, 1981. Here we are almost 34 years later, and the Reggae Legend music is still timeless.
How timeless is the King’s music? When we mention that Bob Marley should be one of Jamaica’s National Heroes; one of the arguments against it was the fact that he was never on the battlefield like the Maroons, Sam Sharpe, and Paul Bogle etc.
Some even say he was making a living through reggae music like any other reggae artist at the time. That is, unlike Marcus Garvey, Sam Sharpe, Paul Bogle and the others who sacrificed their lives without any financial rewards, Bob Marley’s primary focus in the music was to make a living.
Well we know, Bob Marley intention was never to be involved in any physical revolution like Sam Sharpe, Bogle and some of Jamaica’s other national heroes. He told us that in his song “So much things to say:”
“I’n’I don’t come to fight flesh and blood
But spiritual wickedness in high and low paces”
So although he was not physically involved in any revolutionary movement, his music was definitely revolutionary.
In your opinion, what are Bob Marley’s most Revolutionary songs?