The concert’s lineup was the usual suspects
of the local roots reggae scene: Ooklah the Moc, Humble Soul,
and THC to name a few. The highlight was a high-energy performance
by Natural Vibrations, which included a five to six song medley
of their Marley favorites.
Marley was born in Rhoden Hall in north Jamaica in 1945, to
an 18-year-old black mother and a 50-year-old white sailor
to the British West Indian Regiment. In his early teens he moved
to the impoverished shanty towns of Kingston, Jamaica. It was
there that he met Neville O’Riley Livingston (a.k.a. Bunny
Wailer) and Peter McIntosh (Peter Tosh). The three shared a musical
vision and formed the Wailing Wailers to perform songs for local
Success was not instant. Marley and the band reformed with
a new purpose. Marley was driven to spread the word of Haile
(formerly known as Ras Tafari Makonnen), the crowned Emperor
of Ethiopia, who fiercely believed in peace and racial equality.
In the late 60s and early 70s Marley’s musical destiny
began to take shape and The Wailers, as they were now known,
performed in America and Europe. Marley became a spokesperson
for his poor Jamaican brethren, and for those who suffered from
1976—On the eve of a free concert to emphasize peace between
political gangs in Jamaica, Marley is shot and wounded, yet defiantly
performs less than 24 hours later.
1978—While performing at One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica
he got Prime Minister Michael Manly and Opposition Leader Edward
Seaga to shake hands on stage.
1980—The Wailers play for a newly liberated Zimbabwe at
the country’s official Independence Ceremony.
Marley’s insight to the plight of people made his songs
stand the testament of time, as many of his lyrics can and should
be applied in the troubles of today’s world. Through his
work Bob Marley cemented his place in this world far into the