The message is not to “fulfill what is written”, an invitation to emancipation from “mental slavery”: a hymn to freedom, not only physical, like the one sung in many of his texts, but this time above all spiritual. ‘Redemption song’ is one of Bon Marley’s best creations, whose 40th anniversary will be celebrated tomorrow, written during his illness, while he was fighting the cancer that killed him on 11 May 1981. Four decades later, the Jamaican artist’s message of love and equality is still present, as are his songs from ‘No Women No Cry’ to ‘Jammin’ and ‘Africa Unite’. Robert Nesta Marley, aka Bob, was not only the king of reggae music, but also an activist and political and religious leader who helped spread Jamaican music and culture all over the world. in his songs he always put at the center the themes of racist oppression, from the beginning and especially when he started playing in 1964 with the Wailers. To achieve this goal and freedom, according to Marley, the unification of the peoples of color was necessary. In 1975 the world fame of “No Woman, No Cry”, from the album Natty Dread. This was followed by the next year’s hit, ‘Rastaman Vibration’, which stayed in the top 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States for a full four weeks. Over the course of his career, the singer-songwriter and guitarist has recorded 17 albums.Bob Marley will be celebrated in the next season 2021-2022 by the Ajax team, of which one of the official jerseys is dedicated to the king of reggae with his red, yellow colors and green on a black background.
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