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Bob Marley was and still is the best reggae singer of all time.
In the beginning when Bob first started out making music, he was known as a rude boy (in other words the higher classed people in Jamaica didn't want to know)
Here they had a rasta man who they saw as a bad influence on their children. Rastas were frowned upon.
Radio stations were not well pleased to play Bobs music, but, how shall I say it, they didn't have an option and they did play it.
The more the music was played the more popular it became and when Bob was recognised in the United kingdom, even the higher classed jamaicans accepted it.
Now Bobs music itself can be so relaxing, if you've got the Exodus cassette tape you'll hear songs like "Turn your lights down low" which really relax you, as he says in the song "turn your lights down low and a draw your window curtains" immediatly you think to yourself yeah i'll do that and relax.
But having said that there are songs which make you get up and go like on the Rastaman Vibration cassette The song "Crazy baldhead" is one song that gets me in the mood for ironing ( a job I hate ) it's got the kind of beat/rhythm that gets you into the swing of it. Try it for yourself.
Now lets look at the Suvival cassette, there we have songs like "Africa Unite" and "So much trouble in the world" yes these songs are brilliant to listen to and sing along with. But!! do we listen to them do we take in the words he is singing to us, well even if we don't, his fellow jamaican people did.
The reason he wrote songs with such powerful meanings were for all of the people in Jamaica that could not read or write, his songs were like a newspaper to those people. He was telling them all about the trouble that was going on in Jamaica and what they should do.
It all got a bit political and at one point Bob was shot just hours before going on stage to do a concert. But he still went ahead and did the concert even though he was injured.
Bob used to do free concerts to get his words of wisdom over to his people, at one point he even managed to get two opposing political sides on stage together and shake hands. That is how powerful he was.
Bob had been very poor himself as a child and it is a thing he never forgot, he recalled the days when he had to go with out food, so out of the kindness of his heart, now that he had found wealth, he shared it with poorer people. Providing food for them and helping them any which way he could.
But sadly Bob got melonoma (excuse the spelling) It is a cancer of some sort. It started in his toe from a football injury and spread right through his body. He was only in his early thirties and the good lord took him from us.
Bobs music still lives on and i think it always will. He will still be like the song says "A lion from Zion". Children in jamaica are still singing his songs so at least we can take heart in knowing he will never be forgotten.
Just a quick note: After reading this all of you younger generation people may think Duh a cassette tape. I do possess a cd player but I have been collecting Bob marley tapes over the years and have a vast selection which i listen to daily. Now for the good news my family and friends have started recently buying me Cd's of Bob Marley. My last Christmas present was bought for me by my daughter. It is called:
Bob Marley Lively up yourself. The classic collection of early recordings.
Which contains four excellent CD's. I recommend any Bob Marley fans to buy it.
For more information about Bob Marley you can visit: http://www.bobmarley.com...Here you can read about his life, his music. You can also see photos, hear sounds and even buy merchandise. well worth a visit.
As I have now finished writing my piece about Bob Marley I will leave you with one of his sayings.
I aint got no education I got innovation If I was educated I'd be a fool.
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motivating, contemporary graded material that will instantly appeal to students. Bob Marley was one of the world's most influential reggae artists, famous for his ground-breaking music and strong Rastafarian beliefs.