Throughout the history of music, there have lived many figures whose legacies have withstood the decades. Jamaican musician Bob Marley is among these figures, forever impacting the music world with his positive messages of peace, love and harmony. Millions of fans, including Tunde Folawiyo, will continue to be inspired by the musical talents and zest for life Bob Marley embodied.
Born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, Bob Marley began his musical career with a group he formed with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston in 1963 called the Wailers. He was introduced to Rastafarianism by his wife Rita Marley to whom he was married in February of 1966. By 1969, the group fully embraced Rastafarianism as it later proved a major influence on Marley’s music and on the reggae genre as a whole.
After releasing their first album “Catch a Fire” followed by “Burnin”, Tosh and Livingston left the Wailers to embark on solo careers in 1974. Upon this, Marley formed the band “Bob Marley and the Wailers”.
Marley left for England in the late 1970s, where he lived in self-exile for two years. It was during this time that the highly-successful “Exodus” was produced. Demonstrating Marley’s musical influence and star power, the album remained on the British charts for 56 straight weeks. The album, “Kaya” followed and with this, the reggae musical genre was introduced to the western world, thrusting Marley to the international fame still evident in his legacy today.
Upon Marley’s returning to Jamaica in 1978, “Survival” was released in 1979. A successful European tour shortly followed and word of Marley’s passion for music further spread. Marley experienced great success during this time, reaching the United States for an American tour in which he played two shows at Madison Square Garden. On September 21, 1980, Marley collapsed while jogging in Central Park, leading to a hospitalization that would confirm a cancer diagnosis.
Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital on May 11, 1981 at 36 years old, leaving behind a world of fans still continually moved not only by his music, but of his constant quest for peace and love amongst the world. Whilst his life was cut short, his legacy lives on. As one of the most famed artists in the history of music, the creative works and beliefs of Bob Marley continue to touch the lives of fans such as Tunde Folawiyo and millions of others throughout the world.