Bob Marley, the Prophet of Reggae Music!
Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist.
Marley is the most widely known performer of Reggae music and regarded by many as a Prophet of the Rastafarian Religion.
Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley.
Between his first major tour in 1973 until ’81 when he sadly passed away due to cancer, Bob Marley became one of our times most recognized performers.
Bob Marley’s famous last words were uttered to his son Ziggy at a hospital bed in Miami, FL. He said: “Money Can’t Buy Life”.
Since Marley’s death his legacy has only escalated and he has been inducted into many halls of fame’s and received numerous cultural awards, including Greatest Album Of The Century for Exodus (Time Magazine).
When Marley wrote Redemption Song he was terminally ill
Redemption Song is a song by Bob Marley from the album Uprising.
The Original and most famous recording of Redemption Song was performed on just one acoustic guitar, but there are other versions by Marley, live and studio, with or without band. When Uprising was re released in 2001 the full band version was featured as well as the original acoustic take.
When Marley wrote Redemption Song in 1979 he all ready knew about his cancer and was dealing with his mortality.
How much this affected the meaning of the song might be dangerous waters to explore but there is usually a strong connection with timeless songs and great loss.
The lyrics do have a connection with a speech by Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr, an African Journalist, Black Nationalist and a main figure in the Rastafarian movement.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Bob Marley shared the interest of fighting issues such as the slavery, colonialism and racism.
Pan-Africanism has hundreds of years of oppression behind them.
‘Redemption Song’ speaks about this.
Rolling Stone’s Magazine ranked Redemption Song #66 on their list of Greatest Songs Of All Time.