Jamaica’s biggest Musical inspiration Robert Nesta Marley aka Bob Marley passed away 38years ago on this day at age 36. If still living the reggae legend would have been 76 years old now. A master of his craft, Bob Marley was easily one of the biggest artistes in the world prior to his passing and got even bigger after death. Reggae and Dancehall music simply would not be what it is now if it wasn’t for Bob.
Bob Marley to this date, still holds the top Reggae album spots each year according to sales reports from itunes, spotify and other major online outlets.
The out-spoken Rastafarian Roots Reggae artiste was at the highest point of his career when he was diagnosed with cancer in September 1980. Many persons believe that Marley’s death was a plot by the CIA to stop his revolutionary freedom fighting music from spreading.
Bob went to Germany to try and fix the problem but matters only got worst from there on, Marley spent his last days in Florida where he owned a home. Marley passed away on May 11, 1981 in a Miami hospital.
Trench Town where Bob first got his break-through in music is the known birthplace of reggae and rocksteady. It was home to many of Jamaica’s great singers, including Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Leroy Sibbles, Joe Higgs, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.
In an interview with Jamaicaobserver about Bob Marley’s impact on Trench Town, an educator from the area stated “I don’t even think the people of Trench Town understand how huge he is outside of here,” she explained. “I don’t think they understand the value of Bob worldwide. I travel and the minute you say ‘I’m from Jamaica’, somebody says: ‘Oh Bob Marley’, and when I tell them I’m from Trench Town, their eyes sparkle. I don’t think locally, he’s appreciated as he ought to be appreciated.”