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Bob Marley: The Life, Music, and Legacy
“It is mentioned in the Bible, that there should be one music that all people shall sing, and play, and dance. What music could that be? Reggae.”
If there is one thing informative and fruitful about leaving your Facebook account idle on the news feed, it would be receiving updates from your favorite artists and filmmakers. Let us admit it. Though Facebook has drastically changed over the years, it is still one of the most useful tool to spread information and news.
It’s a blessing from some mysterious cyber force that when I refreshed my news feed, I saw this trailer from the upcoming movie/documentary about the revered God of Reggae, Bob Marley.
I’ve seen other documentaries from other renowned artists like The Beatles (The Beatles Anthology and their movies) but I haven’t seen any about Bob Marley. Well, at least, thanks to my cousins’ VCDs, I was able to watch some of his live performances during my early teenage years.
Finally! There is something that will help us know him more. Let me share with you the gist of the documentary through their official website:
Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.
From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.
MARLEY will make its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month followed by its North American premiere at SXSW. Magnolia Pictures will release theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.
I think it’s about time for this generation and era of uhm, not-so-good music to know the life, music, and legacy of the famous man on dreadlocks. It’s about time to educate those who wear Bob Marley shirts without knowing the story behind him (I hope they do a Che Guevarra documentary next time. Thank you very much.)
I hope this documentary will be shown here in our country. But if all else fails, there is always Plan B. I cannot wait to see this monumental and historical work.
Show some respect. Long live Bob Marley! Irie!
“Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta. There was a buffalo soldier in the heart of America, stolen from Africa, brought to America. Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival..”
There is always one particular song that will introduce you to the artist. One song that will lead you to know the artist more and listen to his other songs. And in my case, I met Roberto Nesta Marley through Buffalo Soldier.
I frst heard Buffalo Soldier from my cousin’s noisy component during my puberty age. (Remember the 3-CD changer type of component back then that boasts of 20,000 watts or more? You got the picture.) They have been repeatedly playing this particular song the whole day to the point that the lyrics woy! yoy! yoy! yoy! became my LSS at the end of the day. I asked them who the artist is because I find his music relaxing and comforting. And from that day, I fell in love with his music and started listening to his other songs.
“If you know your history. Then you would know where you coming from. Then you wouldn’t have to ask me, Who the ‘eck do I think I am..”
Aside from being the first Bob Marley song that I learned and its catchy and feel-good melody, Buffalo Soldier became one of my favorites because of its story and message.
This song is written by Bob Marley and Noel Williams from Marley’s final recording session in 1980. The title and lyrics refer to the black U.S. cavalry regiments, known as “Buffalo Soldiers”, that fought in the Indian Wars after 1866. Marley likened their fight to a fight for survival, and recasts it as a symbol of black resistance.
I was able to listen and learn his other songs because aside from The Beatles and the Eraserheads, Bob Marley is always our companion whenever me and my cousins and uncles have an inuman sessions. There are also other Bob Marley songs that remind me of a particular story in my life. I will always remember Jammin’ as one of my drinking buddy’s drunk song; I Shot the Sheriff is my father’s favorite song during his youth; No Woman No Cry was my anthem during my emo days in college; Waiting in Vain is my favorite videoke song; and Three Little Birds was my comfort song during the time when my family underwent a serious crisis.
And in my opinion, there is always a Bob Marley song for everyone, for every event in one’s life, and for every emotion.
Too bad, he’s gone too soon. But I believe that one does not need to live an old age to live life to the fullest. By his music, principle, and influence, Bob Marley is already immortal. He has influenced many and up to this day, he is still considered one of the greatest man that walked - and sang -on this planet.
Happy birthday Bob Marley! Thank you for your legacy. One love. Irie!
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