Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn February 6, 1945, Nesta Robert “Bob” Marley was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica. Bob Marley emerged as the single most influential reggae musician of all time. He is closely associated with Jamaican national identity and Rastafarian spirituality.Marley’s hit songs made reggae popular around the world. Reggae is a slow, syncopated, rhythm-heavy music that developed in Jamaica in the 1960s. Reggae lyrics often focus on social and spiritual issues. It is sometimes identified with Jamaican independence, achieved in 1962, and Rastafarian spirituality, which traces its roots to Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I and Jamaican political leader Marcus Garvey.Marley emphasized unity and peace in his music, often at great risk. Prior to a concert to unite contentious Jamaican political parties, Marley was shot and wounded. He performed as scheduled the following day, however, saying, “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?”
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry achieve Verb
to accomplish or attain.
often leading to argument.
to develop or come into view.
to stress or place importance on.
important; having the ability to lead the opinions or attitudes of others.
words to a song or poem.
before or ahead of.
follower of the Rastafari movement, a Jamaican monotheistic spirituality that worships Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I as an embodiment of God, whom they call Jah.
type of Jamaican popular music, often with strong, slow, syncopated rhythms and socially relevant lyrics.
in music, to place an emphasis on beats normally not accented.
very large or important.