Nesta Robert Marley, or more commonly known as, Bob Marley was, and still is the most influential artist to come out of Jamaica. A singer and songwriter, Marley was a self-taught musician who’s posthumous influence in the reggae genre and simply as a humanitarian has allowed him to become one of the most recognizable musical legends in the world.
Marley’s music was very much influenced by the social issues in Jamaica, and across the African diaspora. By many he is considered to have given a voice to the political and cultural nexus of Jamaica, and spearheaded the Rastafarian movement from the Caribbean to mainland Africa. Some of his best known hits were about the social movement and political causes he stood for including I Shot the Sheriff, No Woman, No Cry, Redemption Song and One Love.
In Toronto, today is officially ‘Bob Marley Day’. The city has been honouring the Jamaican singer-songwriter and humanitarian on his birthday for the last 22 years. At Toronto City Hall, they honoured the legend with the reading of the proclamation by Mayor Rob Ford.
“As a world ambassador of reggae music, Bob Marley was seen as the first international superstar to emerge from the developing world. The commanding and unique sound of his music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped to introduce reggae music to the world. To this day, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.”
~ Mayor, Rob Ford
To learn more about the legend that is Bob Marley, check out the recent documentary on his life, Marley, now playing at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. For more information, visit www.hotdocs.ca
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