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By unknown | Feb 05, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, who died in 1981, would have turned 64 tomorrow.

Born on February 6 1945, Marley's spirit and music still live on even today. His brilliant and evocative music became famous worldwide.

Though he died in 1981, Marley, pictured, remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread Jamaican music to a worldwide audience.

Locally, places such as Shivava Restaurant at Gandhi Square in Johannesburg will be celebrating Marley's birthday.

People such as Black Dillinger of Germany, Born Afrikan, Jesse Dan, King Roots (US) and Aviwe will be performing tomorrow.

Poets such as Dolla I, Empress Gaia, Fikile Zwane, Gadi Magagane, Ras Malloney, Sis Nancy and Supreme will also be commemorating Marley's special day at the Drill Hall in central Joburg. Internationally, it will be celebrated in places such as Voxhall, Denmark, Stockholm in Sweden and other places.

Marley was one of the most talented individuals musically. He left a legacy of politically and religiously charged songs of lyrical power and social significance that has changed the history of popular music.

In 1962, Marley recorded his first two singles, Judge Not and One Cup of Coffee, with local music producer Leslie Kong.

In 1975, Marley had his international breakthrough with his first hit outside Jamaica, No Woman, No Cry, from the Natty Dread album.

This was followed by his breakthrough album in the US, RastamanVibration (1976), which spent four weeks on the Top 10 of the Billboard charts.


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