King of Reggae, Bob Marley lives on…

Published:10 Feb, 2013

Bob-MarleyThe reggae world last Wednesday, celebrated the 68th birthday of King of Reggae, Bob Marley whose real names were Nesta Robert Marley.  Born February 6, 1945, in a small village in St Ann called Nine Mile, in Jamaica.

Across the globe, Marley’s birthday resonate with his music being played in radio and television stations. The global media was not left out. Many of the leading papers and websites had stories on the late Marley who continue to influence the world in many ways.

His Wealth

Thirty six years after his death, Forbes ranks the reggae icon number five on its list of top earning dead celebrities. He raked in US$17 million over the past 12 months from record sales, a new line of eco-friendly audio and lifestyle products, and the recently added Marley Mellow Mood “Relaxation Drink.”

Since his death from cancer on May 11, 1981 at 36, Marley has become more than Jamaica’s most famous musical export. The trailblazing reggae songwriter’s message of unity and respect for human rights remains a beacon of hope for some in his Caribbean nation chronically struggling with a sputtering economy and high rates of violence.

Last Wednesday in Kingston, Jamaica, hundreds of tourists joined dreadlocked Rastafarian priests, leading reggae musicians and some of Bob Marley’s relatives at Marley’s old house to mark the 68th anniversary of his birth Wednesday.

Some of Marley’s foreign fans journeyed to the Kingston museum to take part in Wednesday’s festivities.  A dreadlocked Japanese man who goes by the name of Bongho Jatusy smoked a long wooden pipe stuffed with marijuana and nodded his head to the music.

“Bob Marley, he’s universal,” Jatusy said, watching his dreadlocked children playing nearby.

Roots reggae became very popular in Europe in the 1970s, especially among left-wing white youths in Western Europe. There are reggae festivals in Asia.   In Kampala Uganda, the Rastafarian fraternity organized a jam session at the Laftaz Lounge, Centenary park to celebrate their fallen brother’s birthday.

The jam session paid tribute to Marley’s life, music and his impact on the Rastafarian fraternity.  In Mexico, the Jamaican  soccer team marked Bob Marley’s birthday, and held Mexico to historic draw in Europe, Asia, USA and the Americas. In Africa, the man described as the spirit of reggae was celebrated with tributes, music, tourism and others. The social media was ablaze with tweets, Facebook comments, you tube videos etc, on the icon.

In the early morning light, some of Marley’s relations and old friends danced and chanted to the pounding of Rastafarian drums in the yard of his Kingston home, which is now a family-run museum displaying his guitar, clothing and other memorabilia. Later in the day, Marley’s songs were blasted from big speakers as people danced and chatted amid clouds of marijuana smoke.

Donisha Prendergast, a documentary filmmaker and artist who is Marley’s eldest granddaughter, said her grandfather’s message of “one love” and social revolution remains alive and well. But she said more Jamaicans need to heed it.

“I don’t think most people here are really hearing it, you know? They know that his music is around and they are proud of it, but they don’t live it. Because if they did, then we would be a stronger people, we would be stronger characters,” Prendergast said.

Marley is widely credited for bringing reggae music and the Rastafarian movement to a worldwide audience. His “Legend” album, released in 1984, is reggae’s biggest selling album to date, with more than 10 million copies sold in the United States and an estimated 25 million worldwide.

Three months before his death on May 11,  1981, Bob Marley received the Jamaican Order of Merit, the nation’s third highest honour. But after that, he received several accolades including BBC’s song of the millenium (One Love), induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Time Magazine Album of the Century (Exodus).

The late reggae King is sitting comfortably at the top of the iTune charts with his 1984 compilation album Legend which has the number one spot in 17 of 22 international markets.

Marley topped the digital chart in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Austria, United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and Spain 2011.

 

via Vanguard

  • Abubakar

    He is a real hero. One love…

  • Ambrose

    He lives on like Fela. In our hearts.

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Tucked away in the backstreets of Osaka, the Hotel Relation building is nondescript and bland. It's the kind of place you'd scroll past if you were looking for a room on a hotel booking site. But decor and ambiance are probably not a priority for the guests who use the six rooms at the Hotel Relation. That's because it's a "corpse hotel", and the guests at this final resting place are all dead. No need for...

Bobby Brown’s Wife Rushed To Hospital After Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral

Musician Bobby Brown was faced with more heartache after he lay 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina to rest yesterday, with his wife, Alicia Etheredge, being rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure. According to TMZ reports, mere hours after saying goodbye to his daughter at her funeral, Bobby’s wife, who had given birth to their daughter Bodhi, earlier this month, had to be taken to hospital via ambulance as paramedics rushed to help her. Thankfully, Alicia was...

16 Year Old Girl Who Was Stabbed At Jerusalem Gay Pride March Dies From Her Wounds

Israeli high school student, Shira Banki, 16, (left and the one in green with the knife in her back) was one of six people stabbed by ultra-orthodox jew Yishai Shlissel during a gay pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday July 30th. She died today at Hadassah hospital from injuries sustained during the attack. She wasn't gay...she went to the march in support of her LGBT friends. Sad...

EFCC To Prosecute Goodie Ibru Over Alleged N1bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed 11 counts of fraud against the former Chairman of Ikeja Hotels Plc, Mr. Goodie Ibru, for allegedly defrauding the hotel to the tune of N1bn. A copy of the charge sheet, numbered LD/117C/2015, was filed before Justice Raliatu Adebiyi of the Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court. Ibru was charged alongside three other corporate organisations, including Associated Ventures International Limited, IHL Services Limited and Clearview Investment...

Photos Of Ciara’s New Boo & Baby Future Upsets Future

With Ciara’s baby daddy, Future, out of the picture, her new man Russell Wilson is really stepping it up. The very in-love, very abstinent Seattle Seahawks quarterback got a visit from his girlfriend and her 1-year-old son, Future Zahir, at training camp over the weekend. Could that matching pint-sized jersey be any cuter? https://twitter.com/lindseywasson/status/627572485291008000/photo/1 For the most part, people on Twitter couldn’t stop fawning over the...

Absence of Ministers Delays U.S Assistance to Nigeria

Notwithstanding the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States of America last month, the US government was said to have informed him that it would not start to address the requests brought by the Nigerian government until Buhari sets up his cabinet. Buhari had gone to the US with a number of requests including seeking assistance from America in Nigeria's war against Boko Haram, support in the reconstruction of the North-east, support in...

Healthy Nurse Decides To Die At 75 Rather Than Grow Old

A healthy former nurse decided to end her life than grow old and be a burden to her family. Gill Pharaoh, 75, was not suffering from a terminal disease or depression .She travelled to the Lifecircle clinic in Basel, Switzerland where Dr Erika Preisig assisted in her suicide on July 21st. In a blog post she wrote just days before her journey to Switzerland, she explained the events that led up to her decision to end her life. "Until...

Mega City! Lagos Governor, Ambode To Start Prosecuting Owners Of Stray Animals

The Lagos State Government has said it is ready to start prosecuting owners of stray animals especially the owners of those that wonder on major roads. According to the government these animals cause accidents, spread diseases to citizens and this will no longer be tolerated. In a statement issued by the state Ministry of Agriculture, the Government explained what they intend to start doing; ”In spite of government’s concern and awareness campaign on the danger posed...

INEC Office In Abia State Burnt Down

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission at Obingwa Local Government of Abia state was razed yesterday August 2nd by some hoodlums. Residents of the community say the fire outbreak was politically motivated as suspected political thugs armed with knives, cutlasses and guns stormed the local government before setting the electoral office on fire. This action comes ahead of the August 10th date fixed for the commencement of the state election tribunal. Results from...

Niger State Government House : ‘No Money Is Missing’ – Dooba

The attention of Niger State government has been drawn to a statement credited to the APC state publicity secretary, alleging that N150 million had gone missing from the government house; however, our checks have revealed that this was a complete fabrication. When the chairman of the party, Engr Muhammad Jibril Imam, was asked to confirm if the story indeed came from the party secretariat, he said it did not. “I’m the party chairman and I know...

‘Mr. President, You Are Wrong On The Regulation Of Domiciliary Accounts In Nigeria’ – Olisa Metuh

Press statement from the PDP below... The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to bring to the notice of President Buhari that the apparent absence of an economic team in the third month of his administration is leading the country into economic quagmire and doldrums. In the past, we had given examples of the devastating effect of lack of an economic team and a clear-cut fiscal policy by this administration as evidenced in the lull and painful decline...

PICOMSS: The Small Battles That Killed The Big Anti-Maritime Crimes Dream

THISDAY's Senator Iroegbu has written a detailed report on what led to the demise of PICOMSS. It is something that is worth a read and I do hope the Buhari government pays attention to this. You can read the report here PICOMSS: How Feuding Govt Depts Scuttled Anti-Maritime Crimes Agency .

Boko Haram Commander Captured By The Military, 178 People Rescued From Sect’s Camp

The Nigeria military has captured Boko Haram Commander and rescued 178 captivities in Bama axis, Borno State. The development was sequel to the ongoing operations to clear Boko Haram terrorists in its area of operations, the troops of 21 Brigade in conjunction with elements of 151 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division, Nigerian Army have conducted offensive operations along Aulari in Bama axis. The...

Justice Folahanmi Oloyede Petitions For The Impeachment Of Governor Aregbesola

Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who recently accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of graft, had been invited to the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Oloyede, a serving judge in the Osun State judiciary recently petitioned the state House of Assembly, asking that impeachment proceedings be commenced against Aregbesola, who she also accused of...

Ambode Boasts Of Lagos As Africa’s Fifth Largest Economy

During an interactive session with a US delegation at the Lagos House, Marina, which bordered on the deepening of democracy, trade relations and tackling Boko Haram, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said, “The parliamentary structure that we have is synonymous with what is obtainable in the US. The All Progressives Congress is the first party in the history of Nigeria to unseat an incumbent government. I also want to let...

APC Urges Governor Abubakar Sani To Investigate Missing N150 Million In Government House

As a result of the alleged disappearance of N150 million in Government House, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has asked the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello to embark on a full investigation into the missing money so as to expose the culprits. APC added that the governor should not spare any member of the party who is caught stealing government money. Jonathan Vatsa, Publicity Secretary for APC Minna, explained that,...

DPR Closes 5 Petrol Depots In Calabar For Selling Above Official Price

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shutdown five petroleum depots in Calabar for selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) above the ex-depot price of N77.66 per litre. Mr Asuquo Antai, DPR’s Controller of Operations in charge of Cross River and Akwa Ibom, said, “The depots have been suspended from loading products to marketers, for selling above the ex-depots price of N77.66 as stipulated by government. We are selling off the product to the marketers...

President Buhari Orders Auditor-General To Resolve Outstanding Audit QueriesQueries

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Malam Garba Shehu, made it known that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Auditor-General of the Federation to ensure that all outstanding audit queries are conclusively resolved within 30 days. He added that Buhari is displeased with the audit queries that remained unanswered for long periods, sometimes running into years, especially those under previous administrations. Shehu said, “The era of impunity...

Pastor Nick Vujicic and wife in pregnancy photoshoot

Popular televangelist, motivational speaker and founder of life without limbs organisation, Pastor Nick Vujicic and his beautiful wife, Kanae who are expecting their second baby have shared their beautiful maternity photoshoot. See more photos after the cut...

How Jonathan’s Ministers, aides, Generals, agencies’ heads shared 500 FG houses

Many senior officials under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration allegedly shared over 500 Federal Government houses located in high brow areas of Abuja and Lagos as parting gifts.   The beneficiaries were influential ministers, top presidential aides, heads of some powerful feder­al agencies, like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the armed forces, as well as top military officers.   Saturday Sun reports that most of the beneficiaries’ allocations were done under fictitious names and companies.     But since the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari...

Cecil The Lion’s Brother Is Protecting His Cubs From Rival Males #LionKing2.0

It’s like The Lion King, except the uncle is the good guy. Over the past week, there has been an outpouring of anger and sadness at the death of a beloved Zimbabwean lion named Cecil.  

Kaduna Refinery Begins Production, To Hit 2m Litres Daily By October

The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company (KRPC), is now refining of about 60,000 barrels of crude per day following the rehabilitation of two of the company’s production lines. The company said it was currently working with a target to release two million litres of petrol daily into the market by October. The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Saidu Muhammed told THISDAY ON Friday that the company was on phased rehabilitation, with a target to hit 60 per cent...

Governing Councils of federal universities not dissolved – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the Governing Councils of Federal Universities be exempted, for the time being, from the dissolution of Boards of Federal Government parastatals, agencies, institutions and government-owned companies announced on July 16, 2015.   Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity made this known in a statement Saturday.   He added that all Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities have been informed of this exemption through a circular issued by the Head of the Civil Service...

Publish salaries, allowances of lawmakers, Gbajabiamila tells NASS

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos-APC), has urged the National Assembly to publish a breakdown of salaries and allowances of federal lawmakers in the country.   Gbajabiamila told newsmen on Friday in Abuja that the call became necessary in order to correct conflicting figures as perceived by the public.   He said the need for official disclosure of the figures became necessary in view of the current campaign for full disclosure of funding of all tiers and arms of...

Photos: Former Governors, Fashola and Amaechi Visit Wole Soyinka in Abeokuta

Former governor of Lagos state Babatunde Fashola and ex Governor of Rivers state Rotimi Amaechi visited Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka at his home in Abeokuta, Ogun state today July 31st. Another photo below...

Veteran Actor, Chief Kanran to spend N50m on 50th anniversary celebration

Veteran actor, Chief Kanran, who is set to celebrate his 50th anniversary as an actor in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, revealed that about N50m would be spent on the weeklong celebration. He said that the money would be got from well meaning Nigerians, government and corporate organisations.

A Diver Exploring An Old Shipwreck Under The Sea Finds Gold Artifacts Worth Over $1 Million

A Florida family has been rewarded for years of treasure hunting after finding gold artifacts worth $1 million or more from the wreckage of a 1715 Spanish fleet that sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Eric Schmitt found the coins in 15 feet of water off Fort Pierce, approximately 130 miles north of Miami. The find included 51 gold coins of various denominations and 40 feet of ornate gold chain.

Robbers Employ New Tactics To Rob At ATMs – Nigerian Police Warns

The Police on Friday advised members of the public using ATM at various banks to be security conscious as some criminals now disguised as customers queuing to withdraw money. This is contained in a statement on the Nigeria Police Force website exposing the antics of criminals. The statement noted that on July 30, at about 12.10 a.m., a male bank customer went to withdraw money from one of the ATMs at the Central Business District (CBD), Abuja. It stated that...

We Live Like Rats, Yet Nigerians Want Us To Be Their Friends – Policemen

He was drenched with sweat by the time he wriggled himself through the narrow entrance of his room into the passageway. Looking very depressed and drowsy that Thursday afternoon, he dragged himself along the hole-ridden passage and collapsed into the rickety sofa beside the staircase that leads to the upper floors in one of the buildings in the barracks. With frustration written all over his face, Emma Uden (not real names), a sergeant in the police,...

Popular Yoruba Actor, Ajigijaga Dies At 60

Popular Yoruba actor, Mufutau Adio popularly known as Ajigijaga has died, aged 60. The famous actor known for playing the role of a crime boss in Yoruba movies, was also fondly called Broken Bottle by his fans. In a chat with his colleague,...

Mrs Saraki Is My Sister & Friend… Melaye Explains Why He Was At EFCC Office

The Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Mr. Dino Melaye, has explained why he was at the EFCC office with Mrs Toyin Saraki, the wife of the Senate President when she  was invited by the commission. According to him, “The invitation of Mrs. Toyin Saraki by the EFCC, however, is not a criminal indictment. I will not abandon my friend because of (a) mere EFCC invitation. “I also went there as a private...

Mariam Abacha University Replies NUC, ‘You Are Out To Blackmail Us!’

After the National Universities Commission (NUC) asked Nigerians not to patronize Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, the university on its website has replied the commission saying they are only out to black mail them and could be due to jealousy of the young but fast growing institute. Below is what the university management also wrote in a memo published on its website. In the memo the institution said; “It considers the NUC publication about Maryam...

Nigeria Assumes Presidency Of UN Security Council

Nigeria has assumed the one-month rotational presidency of the United Nations Security Council, as the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Prof Joy Ogwu, takes over from Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, the permanent representative of New Zealand, who held the presidency for the month of July, 2015. This will be the first time in the history of the UN...

International Superstar, Akon visits Bola Tinubu in Lagos

International singer, Akon, who is currently in Nigeria for his Solar power project, paid a visit to APC  National leader & former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu at his Ikoyi home in Lagos yesterday July 31st. See more photos after the cut..

Facebook baby on the way: Mark Zuckerberg & his wife expecting their first baby!

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have revealed that they are expecting their first baby -a baby girl! Making the announcement via Facebook, the billionaire founder and his wife who is a medical doctor, revealed that they suffered multiple miscarriage prior to this pregnancy. The statement reads... Priscilla and I have...

Woman stabs robber to death in Lagos

A member of a robbery gang met his death after attacking a middle-aged woman with the intention of robbing her rented apartment on the Lagos Island. The woman identified simply as Adenike, who is currently recuperating in a Lagos hospital, stabbed one of the assailants to death after she and her family...

Family Disagree Over Bobbi Kristina’s Burial Plans, Slams Boyfriend With $10m Suit

Dionne Warwick is threatening to boycott Bobbi Kristina Brown’s funeral because of a bitter disagreement over plans drawn up by Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston. And while the Brown and Houston families have strived to maintain a united front following Bobbi Kristina’s death last Sunday, Daily Mail Online reveals that the families are, in reality, riven by in-fighting over Pat Houston’s funeral plans, her attempts to solicit money in Bobbi Kristina’s name and what will become...

Beating Arsenal & Wenger Is Nothing Special – Mourinho

The Frenchman is yet to beat his Chelsea counterpart in 13 attempts, with the two set to face off in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday   Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says beating Arsenal and Arsene Wenger is "nothing special" as he prepares to take on the Gunners...

Wilshere: Arsenal Can Be Successful This Season If…

Jack Wilshere is confident Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season provided they are quick out of the blocks. Arsene Wenger's men won 19 of their last 26 matches in all competitions in a strong finish to the 2014-15 campaign but a worst ever start under the manager saw them win two of their opening eight league matches. Arsenal finished the season...