Bob Marley’s Spiritual Rhetoric, the Spread of Jamaican Culture and Rastafarianism

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Bob Marley’s Spiritual Rhetoric, the Spread of Jamaican Culture and

Mark Haner

Senior Seminar: Hst 499
Professor John L. Rector
Western Oregon University
June 16, 2007
Professor John L. Rector
Professor Kimberly Jensen
Copyright © Mark Haner, 2007

The spread of Jamaican culture and Rastafarianism can be accredited to many events and technical advances in communication. Bob Marley is one of the main influences the spread of Jamaican culture and Rastafarianism due to the lyrical rhetoric used in his popular music. Growing up as an impoverished youth, Marley struggled to create a music career where his voice as well as others could be heard globally.
Bob Marley’s lyrics contributed to the
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Bob Marley, a believer in the religion of Rasta, uses many “Biblical” messages as well as folk proverbs, sayings and turns of speech from Jamaican heritage, to connect himself with his audience. “Anand Prahlad has likened Marley’s live performances to those of ‘fire-and-brimstone-style Jamaican preachers.’” 3 This is debatable, however, in a literal sense due to Marley’s passive nature and sound. As an artist Marley was not dogmatic but rather an advocate for his values of peace, justice, and equality.
Marley made a remarkable impact on many regions of the world. The spread of the Rasta religion is partly due to his music and his ability to spread his music to communities of Rastafarians in Britain, Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean.
His death in 1981 caused a remarkable impact on the music world. On Thursday May 21,
1981, the people of Jamaica gave Robert Nesta Marley an official funeral. Following the service, Marley's body was taken to his birthplace at Nine Mile, on the north side of the island of Jamaica, where it now rests in a mausoleum. Both the Prime Minister and the
Leader of the Opposition attended the funeral.


Hodges pp 43.


Paul Gilroy’s article “Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley, Anti-Politics and
Universal Sufferation,” 4 gives a detailed biography on Marley from his birth on February
6, 1945 and background. His father who was white and his mother who was black. The

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