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Bob Marley lived by his beliefs and was considered a prophet by many Marley preached his message of equality anti racism and freedom from oppression on every continent during his nineteen year career His great lyrics and reggae beat sent a powerful message in the turbulent 60s and 70s During his career Bob Marley released more than 25 albums and hundreds of singles Bob Marley captured audiences with a new type of music a blend of African beats American rhythm-and-blues and soul known as reggae Marley was responsible for bringing this new music from the Caribbean Island of Jamaica to international audiences Though he stood only 5-foot four inches in height Marley was larger than life Rolling Stone magazine in 1975 claimed Marley Mania was sweeping America The Original Marley and the Wailers played with 1970s superstars such as Stevie Wonder and Sly and the Family Stone Artists such as Eric Clapton and Johnny Nash recorded some of Marleys compositions His music influenced Paul Simons Mother and Child reunion album On stage Bobs energetic movement and expression mesmerized audiences everywhere Off-stage Marley was mysterious and spiritual By some he was considered a Rastafarian prophet Robert Nesta Marley was the child of a young black Jamaican girl from the countryside and a much older white British military man After the 50-year-old captain named Norval Sinclair Marley impregnated the young Cedella Malcom they wed and he made a quick departure for Kingston Ciddy didnt see him again until a few months before his death in 1955 Bob was born on the 6th of February in 1945 in Ninemiles St Ann Parish Jamaica Two prominent men in Bobs life were Marcus Gravey and his grandfather and surrogate father Omeriah Malcom The large Malcom family cultivated the land on their large homestead and ran several of the family-owned businesses Bob was kidnapped and taken to Kingston by his father He was taken away from
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