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Today In History: Bob Marley Passes 40 Years Ago

LEGENDS & ICONS OF MUSIC - Kevin Douglas Article

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The man who was honored with “Album Of The Century” by Time Magazine left this earth 40 years ago today (May 11th) and has been mourned ever since.

Robert Nesta Marley a.k.a. Bob Marley, was one of the first groundbreaking acts out of the Caribbean to be seen worldwide for his music. He crossed many rivers and stereotypes for his religion and for his powerful music that stressed on being “positive vibrations” for the people. “They say, Can anything good come out of Trenchtown?” Marley sang to show even from his humble beginnings he had to remind people the judgments he faced upon his rise to the world scene being from Jamaica.

In the year 2020, the world took notice of having to fight the systemic racism that infiltrates the government institutions such as the police force due to the death of George Floyd. Decades ago, Marley used his music to fight against the “Babylon System” with his powerful lyrics. Who could forget, “We refused to be what you wanted us to be / We are what we are, that’s the way it’s going to be—if you don’t know.” Describing the parasitical power of corrupt institutions “sucking the blood of the sufferers,” Marley appeals to said sufferers with a simple, insistent command: “Rebel, rebel.”

Today the world still pays homage to the revolutionary force of reggae’s Bob Marley and WorldWide Entertainment TV remembers the all-time great.