A life in search of peace and harmony


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08 February 2022 18:48:22

The 1960s were a tumultuous time to live. Wrapped up in the Cold War, many crises like Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, proxy wars in Africa were unfolding.

Many musicians protested global unrest through their music. But one man from Jamaica sang for peace most of his life in a unique way – Robert Nesta Marley or known as “Bob Marley”.

Bob Marley was the pioneer of Reggae, the genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 60s.

Although the term Reggae was first coined by Marley’s contemporary band, The Maytals, he is the one who most popularized this genre worldwide.

Marley’s musical talent can speak directly to the soul. His calm and carefree tone of reggae songs has inspired millions to get through their tough times. His themes resonated with the assurance “Don’t worry about anything, every little thing will be alright” he sang in “Three Little Birds.”

He was a strong advocate for peace. During the tense period of the 60s and 70s, he continuously protested against the war through his songs like “Buffalo Soldier”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “I Shot the Sheriff”, etc.

Even after his attempt on his life, he never stopped promoting peace. His songs cried out to world harmony, which became famous because it sounded like the universal prayer.

Marley has always opposed wealth. To him, earthly possessions meant nothing. He viewed life as the most precious wealth, remaining true to his belief in Rastafarianism. The denunciation of wealth also played a role behind the carefree tone of his songs.

Born on this day, the peace-loving music legend died in 1981, succumbing to cancer. Even when he died, his last words were, “Money can’t buy life”, reflecting his belief that life is too precious to buy.

To this day, the world remembers him for his peace activism and his calls to go beyond material things to live life to the fullest.

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