Jamaican Music: Bob Marley And Reggae Music

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Bob Marley is a Jamaican singer and songwriter as well as a committed Rastafari who is best known for his blending of ska, rocksteady, and reggae music. Throughout his short life Bob Marley was able to contribute a great deal with his reggae music, and throughout all the time he has been gone people still use his music as a measuring stick for all other reggae music. This was because during his time as an artist he was able to create a type of reggae music that was not heard before in Jamaica, or any part of the world for that matter. The 1970’s was when Bob Marley & The Wailers started releasing his popular music, primarily his album Exodus, and increased the popularity of Rastafarianism though the high vibe he created with the mix of reggae, soul, and blues.
“Though raised as a Catholic, Marley became interested in Rastafari beliefs in the 1960s, when away from his mother's influence. After returning to Jamaica, Marley formally converted to Rastafari and began to grow dreadlocks.” (Wikipedia) Throughout the 60s Marley travelled around with The Wailers recording purely reggae music in Jamaica spreading Rastafarianism. After an attempt on his and his wife’s
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“The sense of longing that drives “Waiting In Vain” derives, too, from the fact that Marley wrote the song during a period of self-imposed exile in England.” (Hall) Hall points out that at this time Marley was in a love affair with a Cindy Breakspeare, who is who he wrote the song for. We can hear it in this song and all the rest of the songs of the album Bob Marley singing very casually, not trying to reach his falsettos, to make the songs easier for everyone to sing along

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