Nesta Robert Marley was born on February 6, 1945, on his grandfather’s farm in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish to a British father and Jamaican mother. He started out with a group Wailers who would later rise to fame.
While there, he created his own style which was a fusion of reggae, ska and rocksteady. By the time the group broke up in 1974, he relocated to England where he released his solo album Exodus in 1977. This album led the Rastafari’s rise to international prominence.
In 1977, he was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma. In 1978, he also released another album Kaya. In 1980, heperformed to over 100,000 people in Milan and released an album Uprising.
After eight months of unsuccessfully treating his sickness, he returned to Jamaica and died in 1981 at the age of 36.
He was never shy about his religious beliefs and this reflected in some of his songs. His album released in 1983 Confrontation is considered his most religious album. Three years after his death, the best-selling reggae album of all time Legend (1984) was released.
In memory of him, we have compiled a list of songs from his albums for your viewing:
I Shot The Sheriff
Stir It Up
Get Up Stand Up
Trench Town Rock
No Woman No Cry