The Life Of Bob Marley
Bob Marley was born on 6th February 1945, in the hills of Jamaica by
the Parish of St. Annes. His mother came from a very respectable black
family called the Malcolms. They were farmers and known well to be
hardworking and clean people. When she told her father that she was
pregnant, he was furious and he felt even worse when she told him that
the father of her child was Captain Norval Marley of the English East
Indian Regiment. The Marleys were white Jamaicans who were well known
to hate blacks, but the worst thing was that she was 18 when he was
Eventually her father's anger subsided and the couple were married in
June 1944. Soon after Captain Marley went to Kingston which is the
capital of Jamaica to work. He rarely came back and by the time Bob
was six, he hardly ever saw his father.
As a small boy, he sometimes read peoples palms to predict their
future in order to gain some extra money. He Went to Kingston to live
for a while and by the time, he had returned the fortune telling had
stopped and Bob had begun singing. He had had heard his mother singing
around the house. She was very religious and sang spiritual songs all
the time. Bob used to sing with her but eventually learned to
accompany himself on an acoustic guitar made by his uncle a carpenter.
When he was 12, he went to live in Kingston. He lived in the slum area
of the city, in the poorest houses set up by the government. In these
houses, some dangerous diseases spread rather quickly. It was here
that Bob learnt his sense of rebellion against injustice. He saw the
people around him were poor and kept down by the government who
promised to help but never did.
Bob left school at 15 and started to learn welding. He hated it but it
was here that he met Desmond Dekker who had just released a single
called the Israelites. This was the first Jamaican song to ever enter
the European charts. Dekker introduced Bob to Jimmy Cliff who helped
him get his song recorded to be sold.
Living As A Rasta
[IMAGE]Bob and many of his friends played reggae. This was always
known as black music it was influenced by gospel and African rhythms.
It was very simple to play but the words were quite tough to put in to
place. It was music about protest and they had no other...