KING OF REGGAE- ROBERT NESTA MARLEY

By Roshan

My favorite of all time King of Reggae, Robert Nesta Marley who was born on February 6, 1945 best known as Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rock steady and reggae bands The Wailers(1964- 1974) and Bob Marley and The Wailers(1974-1981). Marley is a committed member of the Rastafari movement and well known and revered performer of reggae music.

Bob Marley, black and white

Bob Marley, black and white

As he walked in the hall way of his house, I could see his long dreadlocks and neat dressing for a guy his age. I am his true fan and will always be a loyal one. When he walked in, I shooked his hands and started my interview. The first question that came up on my mind was “At what age did you start writing and singing reggae music”? He said that he became friends with Neville “Bunny” Livingstone(later known as Bunny Wailer), with whom I started playing music. “ I left school at the age of 14 to make music with Joe Higgs, a local singer and devout Rastafari,” Marley added. He also said that he released his first two singles, “Judge Not” and “One Cup of Coffee” with local music producer Leslie Kong.

Bob Marley and the wailers

Bob Marley and the wailers

Marley suffered racial prejudice as a youth because of his mixed racial origins and faced many questions about his own racial identity throughout his life. He once said, “ I don’t have prejudice against myself. My father was a white and my mother was a black. They call me half- caste or whatever. Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s  side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white,” he added. Time passed by quickly. Many questions came across my mind so I asked him what would you love to do for your people and country when you become very popular and rich in the future? He smiled and said that he will always contribute as much he can to his country especially to the orphans and the poor people in any way he could. He also stressed that he wants to change the world to be a better place in future.

Bob Marley's dad, Sinclair Marley

Bob Marley's dad, Sinclair Marley

One question to another came in my mouth and he seemed so calm to answer all the questions. With full of confidence, I asked him about the rumors that was being spread by people saying that he was a gangster and a drug addict? He looked into my eyes and asked me one question, “ Do I look like a drug addict”? I smiled at him and said, “no sir, you don’t look like one because I understand you have your own limitations and policies,” I concluded. He also said that he concentrates more towards his career life rather than spending time with his friends outside. “ I am not a gangster, but a true  Jamaican”, said Marley. Marley has always lived his life positively. I asked him whether has he ever gave up on his life or career just because he failed to perform the way he wished? He said that he never once gave up but always takes failure a step higher for success. He said that he has his own policies and he always remind people that “ Just don’t live that negative way, make way for the positive day,”.

Rastafari movement,1984

Rastafari movement,1984

Bob Marley museum

Bob Marley museum

I know you are a wise person and you have a wonderful wife and four beautiful children. My last question would be what kind of future do you want for your children? He smiled to me and said that they don’t have to follow my footsteps because I let them to choose the root of their life’s. “ I would never force them into something they don’t want to do. I want them to grow and be educated so that in future they could be someone in the community and bring up the family’s name,” he added. That really impressive. I always tell them “ Live 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!”, said Marley. I got up from my chair and saluted him and gave him a big hug with full of respect and told him that he is a great man and I left his house with a big smile on my face.

Rita Marley,Marley's wife

Rita Marley,Marley's wife

Bob Marley's family

Bob Marley's family

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