30 years ago today the world of Reggae lost it’s superstar. In accordance with his Rastafarian beliefs, he refused surgery to remove the cancer that would kill him, he instead tried an alternative approach to beat the cancer by avoiding certain foods and drink, and on the morning of 11th May 1981 he lost his battle, and died in hospital in Miami, he was returning to Jamaica from Europe.
There is plenty written about this extraordinary person- the son of a black mother and white father who would bring reggae to the world, would crossover to the rock audiences and put his tiny homeland island on the worlds music map forever, so I’ll just put up a few of my favourite Bob Marley tunes for y’all.
‘Punky Reggae Party’ recorded in England where he was staying after the attempt on his life in Jamaica, produced by Lee Perry, it doesn’t have the over polished sound of the Chris Blackwell produced stuff.
The lyrics here are the words from the speech made by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I before the United Nations General Assembly in 1963, and deliver a strong message.
Finally, an acoustic medley, recorded in 1971, whilst teaching Johnny Nash some of his songs, and released on the 4cd compilation ‘Songs Of Freedom’, and show what a great song writer he was.
Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley (6 Feb 1945 – 11 May 1981) RIP