On February 6th 1945 in a little town called Nine Mile that was located in Jamaica was born a man who would change the world for the better (3). This man helped to bring together social classes, cultures and ethnicities. He was a role model to the end. He never cared much about money or earthly possessions; he just wanted to be rich with life and play music that could bring all the people of the world together. He was converted to being a Rastafarian in his teenage years which helped to mold his music and his way of living for the rest of his life. Robert was born in 1945 when his mother a black woman who was Jamaican married a white English male when she was 18. Robert was their only son together. They lived in a very small town in the country side of Jamaica called Nine Miles. This was mostly a farming town and the children had to work a lot in the fields and with the animals (9). Since Robert had a white father he was not fully black so he was made fun of by the other children and even secluded at times. They would call him names like half-caste and others names (2). Although he had a white father he did not see him that much at all. He would come visit once or twice a year to see them. Even when Robert got older and needed some money from his dad he was denied. He went to his dads business and told them he was related to them and was the son of Norval Marley but his family running the company did not believe him and sent him away. This hit Robert very hard and made him write the song named “Cornerstone” which speaks about how he was the son turned away but soon he would be better known and more important than all the rest of the people in the Marley family and he would never need their help ever again (9). But even with no father he continued to grow up and love his mother more and more. They would not live in the small town of Nine Miles much longer though. Robert and his family would move to Trench town Jamaica. This was a big change in the life of Robert. This move introduced him to many things. For example he was introduced to gangs and drugs but also he was introduced to music production and to the Rastafarian movement. Since he grew up with no father he looked for a father figure to fill his life. And the finally he found one when he joined the Rastafarian movement. At first the man who converted him was like a father to him but then Selassie, the savior figure in the Rastafarian religion, became a father figure toward Bob. He wrote many songs about being a “Rasta man”. In this religion the Rastafarians believe that the Selassie is the savior of the world and they justify this because Jesus was not from Africa where they believe everything was created by god and that is where everything should end (1). This is also the reason that Bob had his crazy hair style. After he converted to being Rastafarian, Bob wore dreadlocks as his hair style for the rest of his life. When he was asked by an interviewer “How important are the dreadlocks?” he answered saying “This? This is my identity man. Yeah this is my identity.” This hairstyle shows society that you are a part of the Rastafarian movement. In Jamaica during the time that Bob lived the Rastafarians were not thought of very well by the high class people in society. This was partly because most people who converted to Rastafarianism were low class people and very poor people that were converted because they had nowhere else that they could go for help (2). They were looking for freedom and this religion offered it to them. Throughout his life even when he was very young and had to work in the field in his small town of Nine Miles Bob’s mom still made him attend school. And when he went to trench town she sent him to the nicest school there so that he would have a way out of Jamaica and be successful. But even though Bob was very thankful of this, he did not want this type of life. So he asked his lifetime friend Bunny Wailer if he would like to go into...
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