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Happy 76th Birthday, Bob Marley!

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Robert Nesta Marley, worldwide known as Bob Marley, was born on February 6, 1945 at St Ann, Jamaica. Today marks the legend's 76th birth anniversary.

Considered as one of the most influential and talented musicians of the world, Bob Marley was one of the first Jamaican and African-descent musicians to achieve unparalleled popularity and fame worldwide.

He was the first to introduce reggae music to the world at large. His songs, comprised with messages of love, faith and unity won the hearts of millions of people across the world. In the time of booming greed and commercialism in the music industry, Bob Marley resorted to send out positive messages of love and strength.

At a time, when many societies were widely racist towards blacks and the concept of equality was far from equal, Marley spoke out against oppression and injustice through his music. Many people fighting the oppression at the time would turn to his music as an escape, a way to visualise a different way.

A pioneer of reggae, his musical career was an amalgam of fusing elements as reggae, ska, and rock steady, as well as his unique vocal and songwriting style.

He was heavily influenced by popular artists of Jamaica, since childhood. With an emerging Jamaican music scene and a string of collaborations, Marley started his music career at the age of sixteen. He used music as an escape from the harsh realities of his neighborhood. His first recorded single, "Judge Not" was released in 1961.

One of the most important messages Bob Marley sends through his music is the commonalities of the human race and focused on the strength of unity and solidarity across borders. Some of Marley's many songs about prejudice and discrimination are "One Love," "War," "Buffalo Soldier," "Slave Driver," and "Redemption Song" among others.

Bob Marley was honored with a place into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and in December of 1999, his album, "Exodus" was named as the 'Album of the century' by Time Magazine.

One of the most charismatic and challenging performers of the 20th century, Marley is regarded as a cultural icon who deeply influenced the people in his community and eventually throughout the globe. Bob Marley was a rebel and his rebel nature had a clearly defined purpose which transcended through generations and his idealism is still relevant in the present world.

The legendary artiste died at the age of 36 from the deadliest skin cancer, Melanoma. Even after 40 years, Marley's legacy is still vibrant.



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