Robert Nesta Marley ( Bob Marley) was born 6 February 1945 on the farm of his maternal grandfather in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, to Norval Sinclair Marley (1885–1955) and Cedella Booker (1926–2008).
Bob Marley attended Stepney Primary and Junior High School which serves the catchment area of Saint Ann in 1955.
Marley had many children: four with his wife Rita, two adopted from Rita’s previous relationships, and several others with different women.
In all Bob Marley had 11 children.
Sharon, (born 23 November 1964, daughter of Rita from a previous relationship but then adopted by Marley after his marriage with Rita)
Stephanie, born 17 August 1974; according to Cedella Booker she was the daughter of Rita and a man called Ital with whom Rita had an affair; nonetheless, she was acknowledged as Bob’s daughter
Bob Marley was a member for some years of the Rastafari movement, whose culture was a key element in the development of reggae.
He once gave the following response, which was typical, to a question put to him during a recorded interview:
Interviewer: “Can you tell the people what it means being a Rastafarian?”
Marley: “I would say to the people, Be still, and know that His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is the Almighty.
Now, the Bible says so, Babylon newspaper says so, and I and I the children say so.
Yunno? So I don’t see how much more reveal our people want.
Wha’ dem want? a white god, well God come black. True true.”
Bob Marley started his professional musical career in February 1962, with four songs in that month;
Do You Still Love Me?
He then recorded a lot of songs including one of his popular REDEMPTION SONG
Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital), aged 36.
His final words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.
Marley received a state funeral in Jamaica on 21 May 1981.
He was buried in a chapel near his birthplace with his Red GibsonGuitar.
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