Remembering late Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley. He was born on 6 February 1945 and died of skin cancer on 11 May 1981.
It is interesting to know that on his death day, May 11th every year, the world chooses to celebrate his life and legacy. So instead of his death day anniversary, today is officially his birthday.
On May 11 of every year, Rastafarians all over the world remember the reggae artist. In Rwanda there is a scheduled Bob Marley Festival that will run from May 11-13.
Jamaican reggae star-singer, song writer, musician and guitarist, Bob Marley was a global phenomenon for his uniquely talented voice. He began his musical career with the defunct Wailers and later went solo and relocated to the United Kingdom. His 1977 Exodus album brought him to limelight. With an over 75 million records sold, he undoubtedly became a formidable force in the global musical industry.
Marley, a lover of football had a few fall outs with the law over the use of cannabis. But the legend did not show any sign of relenting in the act as he backed it up with his Rastafarian religion.
In an artistic signature voice, Bob Marley shared his thoughts and emotions. His Pan-African and romantic views were ever made open in the lyrics of his songs. For that, he was internationally recognized and awarded many accolades. Marley was diagnosed and later died of skin cancer; leaving behind wife, Alpharita Anderson Marley and 7 children-some of whom have taken to his musical footsteps as seen with Damian and Ziggy Marley.
Here are the thoughtful and unpretentious quotes Bob Marley is remembered for:
1. You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows. So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me.
2. If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green- God made no rules about color; only society makes rules where my people suffer, and that’s why we must have redemption and redemption now
3. You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can’t be entertained or people who are afraid. You can’t entertain a man who has no food.
4. 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.
5. Love the life you live. Live the life you love.
6. Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.
7. Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.
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8. The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.
9. The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?
10. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.
11. Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
13. Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life
14. Some people feel the rain; others just get wet.
15. The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever.