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Nesta Robert Marley.

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"...No woman no cry, cause I remember when we used to sit, in a government yard in Trenchtown, observing the hypocrites..." Those are lyrics from "No Woman, No Cry" sung by Bob Marley during a two-night sold-out show at the Lyceum Ballroom in London in July of 1975. This is where Bob Marley and the Wailers recorded their famous Live! album (Thirdfield.com). The following year, Rastaman Vibration was released. Shortly after, Bob Marley and the Wailers were named Rolling Stone Magazine's "Band of the Year." Cedella "Ciddy" Malcom, a poor 18-year old black girl living in Rhoden Hall, met Norval Sinclair Marley, a middle-aged white marine officer; and on February 6, 1945, Nesta Robert Marley was born in Nine Miles in the parish of Saint Ann, Jamaica. Norval left Cedella and Nesta shortly after their marriage (Hauler, Joe). In his early years Marley lived in Nine Miles, Jamaica, and later moved to Kingston with his mother to find work. The only thing she found was poverty and violence. Trenchtown was a poor town built on old sugar plantations owned by Lindos, one of the twenty-one families that are said to rule Jamaica. The town was built over a ditch that drained the sewage of Kingston after a hurricane destroyed the squatter camps. ...read more.


Despite Marley's success in Jamaica, he strove to top the charts in the US. On February 10, 1966, just 4 days after his birthday, he married Rita Anderson. Rita was a member of the group named the Soulettes and also a member of the I-Threes. The day after their marriage, they left for the US where they would spend the next eight months with Cedella and her new husband. Marley worked in a factory in Newark, DE, in 1966, the city which his mother moved to just three years earlier. There, he had many different jobs including a lab assistant, a forklift driver, and an assembly line worker at the Chrysler plant in Wilmington, Delaware. Bob and Rita returned to Jamaica that October. He reformed the Wailers with Bunny and Tosh and they founded their own label, Wail 'N' Soul 'M. "Bend Down Low" was released on it, but after the single was released, their Wail 'N' Soul 'M label folded because of their lack of experience. Around the time of 1967, Marley and his band mates began devoting their time to the teachings of the Rastafari faith. After converting from Christianity to Rastafarianism, the Wailers recorded a lot of new material for producer Danny Sims, none of it receiving commercial success. ...read more.


He lived in the western section of Kingston as a boy where he joined in the struggle of the ghetto. He learned the message of survival in his boyhood days in Kingston's west end. But it was his raw talent, unswerving discipline and sheer perseverance that transported him from just another victim of the ghetto to the top ranking superstar in the entertainment industry of the third world," said the Jamaican president upon Marley's death. Before Marley's death, the prophet Gad demanded to become the owner of the ring Jah Rasafari. Oddly enough, the ring disappeared and nobody has seen it again. Cedella, Bob's mother, says that the ring went back to the place of origin. Nesta Robert Marley was a very successful person. He accomplished his goals and never gave up. He applied himself to spreading his political message throughout the world. Because of this, his music is associated with the movement toward black political independence. Though his shows were sometimes tear-gassed or discouraged by a political figure, he still got on stage and gave it his best. His music was an escape from poverty and violence in the ghetto of Kingston. There is some sort of magic to his music that attracts people, and makes them want to dance. He has influenced many musicians including Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton. He will always be remembered. ...read more.

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