One Love

One Love

Musical Icon, Bob Marley Had A Strong Positive Mindset.

So over a week ago a friend of mine was visiting from the United States and he told me he had an interest in going to the Bob Marley Museum. I told him I would gladly take him as I had some time on my hands due to a short vacation leave I had taken, and then again I thought it would be cool just to hang out out with him for a while and it was a welcome distraction from my normal routine.

Needless to say, it was a very enjoyable experience, even for a Jamaican who would be tempted to take our national treasures for granted. His music is still so potent and relevant, it continues to resound and reverberate in our minds and over the airways. We can never have too much of Bob’s music, its that good, and yes he still continues to “hit us with music”.

The Honourable Robert Nesta Marley O.M. had that special “mindset”, he knew exactly what he wanted and went after it with zeal and determination. He was a freedom fighter, who chose to challenge the status quo and speak up about the political issues of his time, some of them still exist today, but we have come a far way as a people.

He was selfless, fearless and a true leader who spoke with humility and a certain non-challantness that is missing from the character of  most leaders today. He never sought the limelight but he was always in it. He was deep and insightful, as deep and insightful as his songs are.

Women found his boyish charm attractive and, oh, incase you did’nt know he had twelve children, seven boys and five girls and was voted by Time Magazine as the number two Sexiest Man in the world.

The museum is the same location he called home on 56 Hope Road in Kingston and it does get its fair share of visitors both Jamaicans and Internationals year round.

Jurnalist came from all over the world to interview him, in one of his televised interviews he gave this quote “if my life is jus fi mee, den I don’t want it”. That statement epitomized the character of the man.

Here are some facts about Bob Marley and his legacy.

1. He was born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica on February 6th 1945.
2. His Mother’s name is Cedella Marley Booker (deceased).
3. His father’s name was Captain Norval St. Claire Marley.
4. He moved to Trench Town in 1956.
5. He married Rita Anderson in 1966.
6. A Centenary Medal was bestowed upon him by the Jamaican government in 1970 and 1979.
7. The One Love Peace Concert was staged in Kingston in 1978, to bring the two political parties togerther.
8. In 1978 he received a Silver Star Award for the album ‘Kaya’.
9. In 1978 he also received a Gold Award for the album ‘Kaya’.
10. He was presented with a Citation from the Assembly of Wisconsin on May 25th, 1978.
11. In December 1979 he was presented with a Certificate of Citizenship from the Mayor of Atlanta.
12. In 1979 he received a Gold Award for the album ‘Babylon By Bus’.
13. In 1979 he also received the German Record Award for the album ‘Natty Dread’.
14. In 1980 he received a Gold Award for the album ‘Uprising’.
15. In September 1980, he performs at Madison Squear Gardens, with The commodores.
(Lionel Richie visits the Museum from time to time on his many return trips to Jamaica, to pay his respect and reminisce.)
16. The Jamaican Government bestowed upon him “The Order Of Merit” in 1981.
17. He passed away on May 11, 1981 succombing to cancer.
18. He received a Certificate of Appreciation, post humously, from Dade County, Florida in 1982.
19. A Tripple Platinum Award was awarded to him for the album ‘Legend’ in 1984.
20. The album ‘Legend’ was also voted “Best International Album” for 1984.
21. The Bob Marley Museum was opened to the public on May 11, 1986.
22. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
23. In 1997 he received an ASCAP Award for being among the top Reggae Artistes on the Music Charts.
24. He also received an ASCAP Award for the album ‘Stir It Up’
25. In 1999 he received a Diamond Certifcate for the album ‘Legend’.
26. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award NARAS (Grammy) in February 2001.
27. On May 31st 2001, the Bob Marley Museum was declared a protected National Heritage Site.
28. In November 2004, he was inaugurated into the United Kingdom Hall of Fame.
29. In 2005 he was named the Greatest Gig by a U.K. T.V. station.
30. His album ‘Exodus’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in February, 2006.
31. His album ‘One Love’ was voted #1 by Conde Nest travellers Readers in 2006.
32. His home at 34 Ridgemount Gardens, Camden, London, was declared a Heritage Site in 2006.
33. A Statue of the late Raggae Icon now stands in the town of Banatski, Sokolac in Croatia. Inscribed on a plaque by the statue are the words”Fighter For Freedom, Armed With A Guitar”. The statue was created by a local Sculptor, Davor Dukic.

In December 2004, Scott Schinder of New York City wrote the following pertaining to Bob Marley.

“Although his voice was silenced at the peak of his potency and creativity, Bob Marley’s influence looms as large as ever, serving as an inspiration to fans around the world and a role model to multiple generations of younger artists. More than two decades after his passing, Marley remains one of contemporary music’s towering figures, and these songs demonstrate the timeless power of his vision.”

Yeah man, with Bob it was always about the people and music, it was always about love.

One Love,

Island Boy.

I welcome your comments.

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