Bob Marley and Reggae Music

1013 WordsOct 17, 20115 Pages
Certainly, there are a variety of musically inclined artists in the world yet few can actually be considered legends. Several of these artists fall under the Reggae genre. Reggae, according to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, is defined as, “popular music of Jamaican origin that combines native styles with elements of rock and soul music and is performed at moderate tempos with the accent on the offbeat,” (“Reggae,”).This style of music is not as popular as others, yet there is one name that comes to mind, Bob Marley. Unquestionably, Bob Marley’s unique sound and style has dubbed him one of the most influential artists of the reggae genre. Bob Marley began producing songs around the age of 17. He then met up with several other young…show more content…
To have the ability to stand up for what you believe in and stand your ground can be one of the most challenging things to do. Especially in the entertainment industry because you have to walk on eggshells when it comes to anything religious. Plenty whom have attempted it, have failed miserably. This is why Bob Marley’s music is unforgettable. Bob Marley’s music is no doubt some of the most influential out there. Of course it would have to be because according to Baker’s Biographical Dictionary, “ Bob Marley emerged as the first (and possibly only) artist from the third world to achieve international stardom,” (Slonimsky 2287-2289). His ability to capture and entrance people was of great help to the development of this stardom and made him a person that many could easily relate to. One of his songs that I find myself easily relating to is, “Is this love?” This song describes love and yet at the same time it describes how we question it. The lyrics are short and simple, yet hold a lot of meaning. In conclusion, Bob Marley has taken the reggae world of music and opened several new doors for it. He’s recognized as a peace maker and has stood up for the rights of human beings everywhere.The mellow style of his music can easily help a person relax whereas, at the same time he is easily related to by millions. Although some don’t like his music because it is extremely controversial at times, there is a lot of meaning behind each song that fails to be

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