Outliers Project: Bob Marley

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Robert Nesla Marley was born on February 6, 1945 to parents Cedella Malcolm and Captain Norval Sinclair Marley. He was born in Jamaica but his father took him to the capital of Jamaica, Kingston to live with Norval’s nephew and to be schooled. But when Bob was five his mother found out that he wasn’t going to school and was living with an elderly couple so she brought him back from Kingston to his home, St. Ann. When he was in his teens he returned to Kingston to a poor community know as Trench Town. The neighborhood comprised of rude and abusive people. Bob often had to defend himself and in doing so was renowned for his formidable street fighting skills, given the nickname Tuff Gong. These years of his life filled him with inspiration, and they jumpstarted his musical career. First just a local pleasure, his music was nurtured by the culturally rich community of Trench Town. In his mid to later teens he pursued his musical career, along with a lot of Jamaica’s poor and struggling youth as an attempt to escape their harsher realities. He was beginning to be introduced to larger ...

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