The words in my head ring out, “Don’t worry, ‘bout a thing” and I won’t because today is all about celebrating freedom and individuality, self-expression and music. What day is it you ask? None other than Bob Marley Day, one of the world’s most iconic Rastafarian musicians of his time.
Robert Nesta Marley Booker, known commonly as ‘Bob Marley’ was born on this day back in 1945 in Nine Mile – a small area in the north of Jamaica. He was, and still is, one of the most inspiring musicians of the Rastafarian movement and to this very day remains deeply rooted in the hearts, souls and minds of his peers and his hometown.
Recognised for some of his most famous songs including: “No Woman, No Cry”, “Jamming”, “One Love” and “Three Little Birds” to name a few, Marley died on the 11th May 1981 at the relatively young age of 36 due to cancer. It is astonishing to think about all that he achieved in his short time and to consider what more he could have given if he was still with us today.
In celebration of the musician, it was declared that every year on his birthday would be known as “National Bob Marley Day” and so here we are.
On this day, hundreds of Jamaicans stand silent at his resting place in the Nine Mile Cemetery, before slow whispers of his lyrics turn in to a chorus of his most renowned songs. Even after more than three decades since his passing, the Jamaican singer, guitarist and songwriter continues to lead the reggae movement worldwide with thousands of people travelling from across the globe to see the village where he was born and visit the resting place of the reggae icon.
For four whole days, his life is celebrated. There are a range of events held in his honour including a number of concerts at which some of his 14 children perform alongside a number of other artists. As well as this, there is a tour which begins where Marley was born (once a run-down shack with no electricity, now a refurbished museum) before heading to ‘Zion Rock Hill’ where the singer used to meditate. Next up is a place known as ‘The Pillow’ (referred to in his hit song “Talkin’ Blues”) where a Rasta-coloured rock lies; Marley used to rest his head here – just like you would with a pillow – when he was in need of inspiration. Lastly, finish the tour in the mausoleum to sing some well-known songs or pay tribute at Marley’s gravestone.
Famously quoted saying “I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.” his voice and his words are heard louder each passing year and will continue to live on forever.
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