Monday, May 11, marks 39 years since Robert Nesta Marley OM, died at the University of Miami Hospital in Florida.
Bob Marley was born on 6 February 1945 to a Jamaican mom and a white dad, Bob, was one of the artistes in the world who showed how musicians could and should fight against oppression.
He transcended three musical genres successfully, namely rock steady, reggae and ska. However, he is still considered to be the king of reggae and his legendary songs are still on the top of most playlists and the passion he embodied and communicated when he performed his music shows live are highly influential that won over his audiences and earned him fans across the globe.
In 1977, he was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma. In 1978, he also released another album Kaya. In 1980, he performed to over 100,000 people in Milan and released an album Uprising.
After eight months of unsuccessfully treating his sickness, he returned to Jamaica and died in 1981 at the age of 36.
Bob Marley lived his life with impact and purpose, and we can feel the difference that he made each time we start playing his one-of-a-kind, feel-good tunes.
In remembering him today, take a moment to relax and let his words inspire you to live a full, beautiful, and meaningful life.
(1) Some People Are so Poor – all They Have is Money
(2) Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold
(3) Open Your eyes, Look within, are you satisfied with the life you’re living
(4) Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.
(5) You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have
(6) Love the life you live. live the life you love.
(7) The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.
(8) The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively
(9) If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy
(10) Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, no one but ourselves can free our minds