Born Robert Nesta Marley, he was born in Jamaica, and became the first major rock star to come out of a Third World country, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Marley died of melanoma cancer that spread from his toe to the rest of his body. He died in Miami on the morning of May 11, 1981, at the age of 36.
No other musician is synonymous with reggae or the Rastafarian movement as is Bob Marley. Today, the legendary singer would have turned 67.
Before he began singing reggae, Marley was making people bounce to his ska sounds, like this popular single “One Cup of Coffee”, which he recorded in 1962 with local music producer Leslie Kong.
He and fellow musicians formed Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1963 and their music contained a great deal of social issues and messages, including “Buffalo Soldier.” The song was written by Marley and Noel G. Williams during Marley’s final recording sessions in 1980. The title and lyrics refer to the black U.S. cavalry regiments, known as “Buffalo Soldiers,” that fought in the Indian Wars after 1866. Marley likened their fight to a fight for survival, and recasts it as a symbol of black resistance.
Today, #HappyBirthdayBobMarley became a trending topic on Twitter, proving his essence remains solid with the masses.
A lot has been written about this great man so we figured the most fitting way to celebrate his life was to listen to his music. Enjoy this live concert recording from 1979 at the Santa Barbara County Bowl.
Setlist: Positive Vibration, Wake up and live, I Shot the Sheriff, Ambush in the Night, Concrete Jungle, Running Away, Crazy Baldheads, Them Belly Full, The Heathen, Ride Natty Ride, Africa Unite, One Drop, Exodus, So Much Things to Say, Zimbabwe, Jamming, I Wanna Love You, Kinky Reggae, Stir it up, Get up Stand up.