In celebration of Bob Marley’s memory and ahead of our usual Music Friday, we are taking a look back at the evergreen legacy he left behind with some of his biggest hits. From ‘No woman no cry’ to ‘One love’, this list proves that the messages Bob Marley passed through his music are timeless and will always be relevant.
Bob Marley may have passed but his legacy lives forever through these songs and many more…
1. No woman, no cryWritten together with his good friend, Vincent Ford in the slums of Jamaica, this song provided Bob Marley’s international recognition. The most popular version of it is the live one performed at the Lyceum Theater in 1975. The song has since gone on to become the uplifting anthem for the poor and underprivileged around the world.
2. Redemption songRedemption song is one of Bob Marley’s best songs showing off his acoustic skills. Released in 1980, Redemption Song is the final song on Bob Marley’s last album before his death ‘Uprising‘. Redemption Song also happens to be the last song Marley performed while battling ill-health.
3. Three little birdsThree little birds is one of Bob Marley’s keystone songs inspired by his three back-up singers. The song which teaches people to accept the world and listen to nature and everything will be alright was received warmly by people, thus making it a major hit in 1980.
4. Is this loveOne of the tracks on Bob Marley and The Wailers’ 1978 album ‘Kaya‘, Is this love went on to become one of Bob Marley’s biggest songs. The music video which was shot at the KesKidee Arts Center in London features a seven-year-old Naomi Campbell.
5. JammingJamming is the song the popular sentence “No bullet can stop us now.” was gotten from. Bob Marley wrote this song after he was shot by intruders who broke into his home in 1976. The song was so big, Stevie Wonder released his own version of it.
6. Buffalo soldierThis classic song did not get released on record until after Bob Marley’s death. Before then, Marley performed it live. The song talks about the black United States cavalry regiments who fought the Indian war in the 19th century. Marley compared their fight to the human race’s fight for survival.
7. Get up, stand upThis is Marley’s most performed song. Written alongside Peter Tosh while touring in Haiti, Marley was moved by the poverty state of the Haitians and thus, was inspired to write this song. It was also the last song Marley performed on stage in 1980.
8. One love/ people get readyBob Marley and the Wailers first wrote and recorded this song in 1966 but never released it. When Marley returned to it in 1977, he reworked it in a reggae style and acknowledged the influence of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘People Get Ready‘ had on it. Featured image: Instagram | Bobmarley Afrobeats music Nigerian songs
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