Bob Marley

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Marley, Bob

(Robert Nesta Marley), 1945–81, Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, and guitarist. As a member of the Wailers, a reggae band that included Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, and later on his own, Marley propelled reggae to worldwide popularity. His commitment to nonviolence and the Rastafarian religion are transparent in his music, and his smoky tenor and loping reggae beat combined to enhance the appeal of his political message. Marley and his songs remain enormously popular throughout the world.


See biographies by A. Boot and V. Goldman (1982), T. White (1983, rev. ed. 2006), C. J. Farley (2006), and D. Burnett (2009); R. Steffens, So Much Things To Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley (2017); studies by V. Goldman (2006) and J. Toynbee (2009); discography by R. Steffens and L. J. Pierson (2005).

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Aside from music, Bob Marley had an interest in association football, much like his son Ky-Mani.
Bob Marley was associated with the Rastafari movement.
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Kinky Reggae pricks up the hairs on the back of my neck, I am now dancing and singing and feeling and wondering if this is a little bit like what it was like to be at a real Bob Marley concert.
What most people probably know about Bob Marley is that he was a Rastafarian, a member of a Jamaican religious cult that considers pot-smoking a sort of sacrament.
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Foxy signalled to the chauffeur that the bet was off and then nearly swooned when Bob Marley tapped him on the shoulder.
His music was so full of life, it doesn't seem right to mourn him," 24-year-old Austrian tourist Bernadette Hellwanter said as she toured Kingston's Bob Marley Museum.
DOHA BEACH volleyball, football, barbecue, an array of traditional Jamaican snacks and non-stop reggae music marked the first-ever tribute by reggae fans in Doha to the legendary musician Bob Marley.
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29 -- BOB MARLEY wasn't your regular Jamaican-born, dread-locked, cannabis-smoking, reggae musician, guitarist and a Rastafarian, a way of life that most Jamacian youth were falling for in the 60s.