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Bob Marley: The man who brought people together through the birth of reggae music

Eddie Mallin
Bob Marley performing at Dalymount Park, on July 6, 1980. (Bob Marley/Eddie Mallin/WikimediaCommons/CC BY-SA 4.0)

The beginning of reggae music, a mix of Jamaican Ska and American jazz, would not be as famous as it is today without Bob Marley and the reasons why he wrote his music. 

Born in Jamaica in 1945, an artist came into the world. Bob Marley was a force to be reckoned with, and it was not long until his creative juices began to flow. “His poetic worldview was shaped by the countryside, his music by the tough impoverished West Kingston streets,” said Britannica encyclopedia.

Growing up in Jamaica, Marley was involved in the political complications of the country. He was a supporter of democratic social reforms and Rastafarianism, a religion believing in the Judeo-Christian God called “Jah.” The Rastafarian religion symbolizes peace and unity. 

Bob Marley took his style of music and used it as a way to advocate for political unity while bringing together the people of Jamaica. 

“My favorite song is ‘Bad Card’ from Bob Marley and The Wailers,” said senior Robert Allison, “the lyrics support unapologetically showcasing your individuality, as well as the idea of what goes around comes around.”

While elections were going on, someone tried to assassinate Bob Marley and his wife. Soon after, Marley and his band, The Wailers, wrote the album “Exodus.” It was such a big hit that The  New York Times named it is, “The most important album of the 20th century.”

One of his most famous songs, “One Love,” is the embodiment of hope, struggle and healing during the rough times Jamaica was going through politically and socially.

Bob Marley will always be known for his laid-back and jamming songs, but the reasons behind them all make them have more meaning and therefore, a more powerful message to anyone who listens. 

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Sophia Ventura
Sophia Ventura, Staff Writer
Sophia Ventura is a senior and a first-year journalist for The Current. Outside of school, she enjoys going to the beach, concerts and hiking with friends and family. She especially loves to read, bake, nap and re-watch her favorite show, Grey’s Anatomy. Sophia hopes to write for the Stall Seat Journal and looks forward to learn more about journalism.

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