Bob Marley and Reggae Music

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Certainly, there are a variety of musically inclined artists in the world yet few can actually be considered legends. Several of these artists fall under the Reggae genre. Reggae, according to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, is defined as, “popular music of Jamaican origin that combines native styles with elements of rock and soul music and is performed at moderate tempos with the accent on the offbeat,” (“Reggae,”).This style of music is not as popular as others, yet there is one name that comes to mind, Bob Marley. Unquestionably, Bob Marley’s unique sound and style has dubbed him one of the most influential artists of the reggae genre.

Bob Marley began producing songs around the age of 17. He then met up with several other young talented people and formed the group “Bob Marley and the Wailers.” The band stayed together long enough to produce several big hits then soon broke up. Mr.Marley went off to work in a factory for awhile, yet he soon reunited with the group and began producing more songs. This time the band was not as successful as they first were. Bob thought that adding female vocals to the group might bring some diversity so eventually convinced his wife Rita Marley to join. The Wailers eventually sky rocketed to fame. In 1976, an assassination attempt was aimed at Mr. Marley and although it left him wounded, it was deemed unsuccessful. Soon however, before a tour through the U.S., Bob Marley was diagnosed with Brain, Lung and Liver cancer and died eight short months later. As a singer/song writer, Bob Marley would surely have gone a lot further in his music career if his life hadn’t ended so abruptly (“Bob Marley.”).

Granted many people are familiar with Mr.Marley himself, a number of people are unfamiliar with his music. When first turning on a song by Bob Marley, you instantly notice the distinct Jamaican drums that fall into almost every one of his songs. The drums, along with other unique instruments, create a relaxed and calm mood...
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