Jamaican reggae star-singer, songwriter, musician and guitarist, Bob Marley was a global phenomenon for his uniquely talented voice. Remembering late Jamaican reggae superstar, 11 May of each year is celebrated by reggae fans and lovers of good music as Marley day.
Bob Marley’s Children and Family Details
It was on February 6, 1945, that Marley was born as Robert Nesta Marley in Jamaica. The man was born by a white father from England, Norval Sinclair Marley, and a black Jamaican mother, Cedella Booker. Birthed on a farm, the boy who would grow to be a reggae star was mostly raised by his mother as his father was always away and he later died of a heart attack when his son was only 10 years old.
In an attempt to be educated, Bob attended Stepney Primary and later Junior High School. Even so, he was more into music than pursuing education.
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 the limelight. With over 75 million records sold, he undoubtedly became a formidable force in the global music industry.
Marley got married to Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Anderson on 10 February 1966. Together, they have four children. They also have adopted children as well as other children from their previous separate relationships. Among their children are Sharon, Cedella, David, Robert, Rohan, Karen, Stephanie, Julian, Ky-Mani, and Damian.
Marley also has more than 30 grandchildren. Among them is his son, Skip Marley, who doesn’t look almost exactly like his grandfather, but also sounds like him. Although there is hardly anyone as good as Bob, Skip is not bad. What separates Skip from most others is the fact that he blends reggae and modern music without corrupting the arts. Exactly what you will expect from Bob Marley’s Grandson.
How Bob Marley Died
Like most other legends, you will always find different stories about how this Marley died. One of the popular stories about how he lost his life at the prime age of 36 is that he injured himself during a football and that it was what increased and later led to his death.
However, the devoted Rastafarian who loves playing football died from a form of skin cancer known as acral lentiginous melanoma. This was first detected on his toe and soon it spread to other parts of his body. When the cancer was detected on his leg, the advice was that he should have the toe amputated but he refused because according to the Rastafarian religion, it is a sin for one to dismember any part of one’s temple (body).
It was this that continued to spread, leading to his death. Before then, he made his last performance in Pittsburgh in September 1980, before he collapsed while jogging. He was then flown to Germany where he had a very controversial diet based treatment under the care of Josef Issels but it only got worse and because of this, he was flown to Miami on May 11, 198, for treatment, but he died on arrival at the Cedars Of Lebanon Hospital.
Since his death, there have been many conspiracy theories believing that the man was actually killed by the CIA. In fact, in 2017, a news emerged that a former CIA agent has come forward to confess to the alleged misdeed. As you will expect, however, it all turns out to be false.
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.
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.
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.
More than 30 years after his death, Marley thanks to his works which have come to popularize reggae, still earns money. Selling more than 20 million albums when he was alive, he still emerges as one of the richest dead celebrities today. He has been listed by Forbes as the fifth most paid dead celebrity in 2017, with $23 million. His income is from his House of Marley audio products as well as the Marley Beverage Co.