The Great Bob Marley

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If someone was asked to name the first famous reggae artist that came to mind, the majority of people would say one name, Bob Marley. Robert Nesta Marley, commonly known as Bob Marley, is undoubtedly the most famous reggae artist of all time. Additionally, he is responsible for bringing reggae to the masses, and he did this through his unique style, raspy voice, guitar playing and drumming. Bob Marley is known around the world for not only his music, but also his greater message of peace. Furthermore, Marley became a cultural icon, as he encouraged others to rebel against racism and violence in the world. Although Marley is known for spreading positive messages of peace, he might be more well known for his embrace of the use of herb or…show more content…
Early Life and Career Marley was born on the North side of Jamaica to a white Naval Officer Norval Marley and his mother Cedella Marley. When Bob Marley was young, his father Norval dropped him off at a elderly couples home in Kingston Jamaica, it was that last time Marley would see his father as he never returned. Moreover, Marley spent roughly a year and a half in Kingston which would prove to have a lasting impact on his life. While in Kingston, Marley was drawn to the vast musical culture and immersed himself within it. Furthermore, he experimented with instruments and reggae music in general. In his youth, those around Marley knew he was special as they believed he had magical powers and that he could tell fortunes. He was constantly asked to read palms, but after his stint in Kingston Marley changed. When people would ask Marley to read their palms he would respond by explaining to them that those days are over and that he is now a musician. (Dorsey, 1998). At age eleven Bob befriended a long time companion in Bunny Wailer. Their friendship blossomed just as fast as their love of music, they soon moved to Kingston together to try and start their musical career. In 1963 Marley met Joe Higgs, a man who gave him music lessons and had a large influence on Marley and his future music career. Additionally, Higgs introduced Marley and Bunny to their future band mates and they came up with the name "The Wailers". Once the
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