Jun 14, 2013

Roots & Rhythm: Bob Marley & The Wailers - One Love

As we approach Father's Day weekend, there's only one musician that comes to my mind when I think roots and rhythm:  the incomparable Bob Marley.  Not only is he the father of 13 children, but his passion and drive to bring his music to the world makes him the undisputed father of reggae.

Robert Nesta Marley

Like any person that lives in the fullness of their potential, Bob was able to bring his message to the world through the bond of a group.  In 1963 Robert Nesta Marley, Hubert Winston McIntosh and Neville Livingston came together to form The Wailers.  While their original music had an American influence, the self-taught musicians eventually developed their own sound and the world received a more authentic, powerful version of The Wailers that we know as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.

Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh - The Wailers


The full strength of Bob Marley's legacy has become evident as we watch his children take their place in music and business.  As the oldest of their "Lion Order", Ziggy is guiding the family as they expand their father's memory to include their own vision.  The Marley family continues to bring us music, but now they've expanded to clothing, coffee, and humanitarian efforts with each venture steeped in their father's philosophy on love and life.


Right: Bob Marley with a very young Ziggy Marley.  Left: A more recent image of Ziggy Marley.

Dreadlocks are synonymous with Bob Marley and these pictures show us that Bob has his own hair journey.  Inspired by Rastafarian philosophy, Bob let his dreadlocks form freely for personal reasons related to his belief system.

Regardless what we believe, Bob Marley's message of One Love cannot be denied:

"I don't stand for the black man's side.  I don't stand for the white man's side.  I stand for God's side."  -Bob Marley




Check out The Wailers in their first British television appearance performing Concrete Jungle.  Please note the level of cool Peter Tosh brings to this performance.  One of my favorites from my absolute favorites!



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