The irony of Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey.

Marcus Garvey Bob Marley
Marcus Garvey Bob Marley

Without Marcus Garvey there would be no Bob Marley, at least not the Bob Marley the world knows today. Most likely there would still be the Bob Marley and the Wailers singing R&B type songs, but not a Bob Marley spreading the words of Rasta. In fact, without Marcus Garvey there would be no Rasta movement.

In fact, Bob Marley’s music was filled with the teaching of Marcus Garvey, and in many cases Marley just regurgitated Garvey word for word.

Funny enough, while there would not be a Bob Marley as we know if without a Marcus Garvey, if it was up to Marcus Garvey there would be no Bob Marley. While “there is no future for a people who den their past”, “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery”, “One Love”, “Rise up Black men” are all famous words of Marcus Garvey, there are some words in his teachings that Black people no longer utter and they do not find their way in any popular songs. Words like:

Back in the days of slavery, Race mixture, Race miscegenation all occurred BECAUSE THE AFRICAN WOMAN HAD NO PROTECTION FROM THE SLAVEMASTER. Therefore there is no need today for black people themselves to freely continue a PRACTICE that SMACKS so much of slavery.

So it goes without saying that Marcus Garvey would be staunchly against Bob Marley’s mother having an affair with a white man and that is ironic.

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