Happy Birthday Bob Marley: Reggae has lost its soul, style, flavor

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley in happy times.

By Carmen Glover

On February 6, 1945, Robert Nesta ‘Bob” Marley was born in Nine Miles, St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies. He would be 70 today. Marley died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981 from skin cancer. Marley’s name is synonymous with quality reggae music that infuses the soul with pulsating, conscious, profound meaning, nuance and power.

Marley’s music and lyrics have the ability to soothe “No Woman No Cry;” unite “One Love,” and “Three Little Birds;” rebuke and reject friction “War;” chart history “Chant Down Babylon, and “Exodus;” respond to conflict “Crazy Baldheads,” and “Bad Card;” seduce “Bend Down Low,” and “Mellow Mood;” and unwind as in “Kaya.”

Bob Marley in his trademark cap.

Bob Marley in his trademark cap.

As the reggae landscape continues to evolve, sometimes the genre is unrecognizable from the era when Marley, Jacob “Killer” Miller, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer,The Burning Spear, Third World, Culture, Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse, Chalice, Junior Reid, Dennis Brown, The I-Threes and other icons toiled meticulously to produce a musical prototype that inspired pride and caused fans to leap to their feet and dance with abandon.

What passes for reggae in this current musical climate is disturbing in some quarters, disappointing in others and embarrassing in far too many instances. While there are some singers, including Marley’s children, who seem committed to carrying on the legacy of inspired reggae music that the iconic musician perfected, it would not hurt if, today, on his birthday, music lovers take some time to savor the exquisite sounds of authentic, inspiring and enjoyable reggae music by listening to Marley’s music.

It’s a great way to say Happy Birthday Bob, reggae music misses you!–OnPointPress.net.


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