Bob Marley - Musician of Jah's Army

by zachariecouture on November 4, 2015 - 12:03am

‘’One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.’’ (Trenchtown Rock - Bob Marley and the Wailers). During all his life, Bob Marley defended equality and love by the only power of his words, sometimes sharper than razor blades. 


First, this article demonstrates the impressive influenced that Bob Marley had on the popularization of the Rastafari movement. Even if many other musicians, like Toots & the Maytals or Israel Vibration, are seen as valorous promoter of the movement, Bob stays the biggest representation of all. As a fact, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ album ‘’Legend’’ is the most sold reggae album of all-time. The young vegetarian was devoted to the Rastafari movement and headed his whole life toward a free expression of the good-will.


Secondly, the work of Peter Yeung, active writer for The Telegraph, informs us of some unknowns about the young man from Kingston. For example, Bob gave the credits of his song ‘’No Woman, No Cry’’ to one of his friend to continually finance his soup kitchen in Trenchton, one of the poorest municipality in all Jamaica. Also, it presents us the unswerving faith of Marley has he refused to be amputated to his legs after the doctors discovered a malignant melanoma, convinced that his future was now in Jah’s (God’s) hands.


In conclusion, the article is reliable but not as interesting as some footages that can be found online. The famous reggae singer died more than 35 years ago and rare are the article written directly on him and the Rastafari movement today. I believe that books, encyclopedias and documentaries would present more detailed information about him and his relation with the Rastafari movement has they are the result of more investigation than newspaper articles. Still, we can take away from this article that Robert Nesta Marley was a man of God who contributed greatly to the implication of the Rasta in the North-American culture. One love!