There’s no doubt that even though Bob Marley is no more that he has left his mark on reggae music in being one of the most revered performers in this genre to not only bring Jamaican music to the world stage but also the Rastafari movement.
Widely recognized even until today by his trademark dreadlocks (in being influenced by the Rastafari movement), Bob Marley kicked off a brilliant career by forming a band that would come to be known as “Bob Marley & the Wailers” to many as their music became more and more popular.
Of course, their music touched upon social and political issues as well as the cultural vibrancy of Jamaica, and in doing so, was catapulted to demi-god status in his homeland in Jamaica.
Some of his hits included No Woman No Cry, Could You Be Loved, I Shot the Sheriff, Redemption Song, Buffalo Solider and so on and so forth.
And if that wasn’t enough, his compilation album, Legend, stands until today as the highest selling album of all time by going ten-time Platinum alone while also selling almost 20 million copies in the United States.
But as with all talented artists, tragedy struck and he was found to have a form of malignant melanoma that he succumbed to shortly afterwards. By virtue of his contribution to Jamaican (reggae) music, not only was he posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award but also had a documentary created after him, known as ‘Rebel Life’.