Bob Marley and Reggae Music Essay

1006 Words Oct 27th, 2011 5 Pages
Certainly, there are a variety of musically inclined artists in the world yet few can actually be considered legends. Several of these artists fall under the Reggae genre. Reggae, according to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, is defined as, “popular music of Jamaican origin that combines native styles with elements of rock and soul music and is performed at moderate tempos with the accent on the offbeat,” (“Reggae,”).This style of music is not as popular as others, yet there is one name that comes to mind, Bob Marley. Unquestionably, Bob Marley’s unique sound and style has dubbed him one of the most influential artists of the reggae genre. Bob Marley began producing songs around the age of 17. He then met up with several other young …show more content…
The sound of his music makes it one of the most empowering styles available. While examining Mr. Marley’s music I’ve realized that there really is a lot more behind his music than meets the ear. Almost every song involves his opinion on a public issue or a reference back to the rastafarian movement. The rastafarian religion consists of black empowerment, no cutting of the hair and the smoking of marijuana. Bob Marley and the Wailers always seemed to have found a way to incorporate these beliefs into their songs. This ability is one of the reasons why Bob Marley’s music is so far set apart from other music. There are plenty of people who wouldn’t agree with my personal opinion on Bob Marley and his music. Most people don’t like his music because they feel that he says whatever he wants in his songs. He promotes black empowerment and smoking marijuana, which obviously offends some people, and some even argue that his music is too controversial. Yet, nobody realizes that being able to put these issues into his music and still have it be just as popular, really is talent. Bob Marley’s music is about much more than just smoking marijuana, he’s a very inspirational person. For example his song, “Get up, Stand up,” is one of his more political songs. It denies religious hypocrisy, which entails that people who believe in the same thing should stick together, and fights for a more individual worshipping.

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