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Bob Marley Few people throughout history had such a firm and yet docile impact on music and philosophy as Bob Marley Bob Marley overcame prejudice political repression gangland warfare and the lack of a father figure in his adolescent life He spread his beliefs and support of Rastafarianism across the globe with a docile yet infinitely effective technique - music His music shared with the world a peaceful alternative to the oftentimes violent situations that frequently arise in our society today In a sense his music also carries an aspect of blues with it for any given situation of despair or umbrage a person might experience there is a Bob Marley track to free the soul Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6 1945 the son of an eighteen year old African American woman named Cedella Booker and a fifty year old white quartermaster attached to the British West Indian Regiment named Norval Marley Although Norval did provide financial support the constant pressure applied by his family as well as the rough environment of St Ann and the lack of a fatherly presence made Bobs childhood a hard and impoverished one When Bob Marley was barely in his teens his mother became fascinated with the aspect of moving to the capital of Jamaica Kingston Kingston was falsely tagged as the Land of Opportunity during that time period an illusion that Bobs mother fell victim to The truth of the matter was that Kingston had little to offer in terms of work and lifestyle improvement Bob Marley and his mother Cedella moved to Kingston in the late 1950s and soon settled in Trenchtown Trenchtown was aptly named as it was built over a ditch that drained the sewage of Old Kingston It was in Trenchtown that Bob became enthralled with music as well as meeting some of his comrades He met Neville ORiley Livingston nicknamed Bunny as well as Peter Macintosh Through American radio
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