There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men—true nobility is being superior to your former self. ~ Anon
Sure I love me some Elton, Adele, Tina and at times even I toss in a little Beethoven, Bach or Chopin. But I’m missing my West Indian root music, so it’s time to head across the pond in this new month with a new artist rocking you into the weekend. They say every song is a story, however not every story resonates with the soul or tells a story one can identify with. This Artist of the month wrote timeless songs of redemption, one love, peace and social ills. Trust me, it’s impossible to listen to any of his songs without swaying to the beat or chiming in-even if you don’t know the words.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, he was one of the 20th century’s most charismatic and challenging performers, his renown now transcends the role of reggae luminary: he is regarded as a cultural icon who implored his people to know their history “coming from the root of King David, through the line of Solomon,” as he sang on “Blackman Redemption”; he urged his listeners to check out the “Real Situation” and to rebel against the vampiric “Babylon System”.
Robert Nesta Marley was born on the farm of his maternal grandfather in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica on February 6th 1945. He forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide, with his formation of the Wailers in 1963, they rocked the world and forever garnered a new appreciation for Reggae music-its beat, sound and lyrical meaning. “He had a rebel type of approach, but his rebelliousness had a clearly defined purpose to it,” acknowledges Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who played a pivotal role in introducing Bob Marley and the Wailers to an international audience. “It wasn’t just mindless rebelliousness, he was rebelling against the circumstances in which he and so many people found themselves.”