My favourite song when I was young was Bob Marley’s Buffalo Soldier. I didn’t understand its political significance. It was just a cool song with an interesting video that was sung by a guy with a really cool, very unusual hair do. But man, I loved that song. I think it was then too that I fell in love with the commercial image if Jamaica.
As I’ve grown older, my respect for Robert Nesta Marley has increased. So much so, there are few people I hold in the same regard. It’s been said, “Greater love has no man than this; that he should give up his life for his brother.” Bob Marley spent much of his life being a voice for the voiceless. Yes, he made a decent living in the process, and fair play to him, but that’s not all he was about. Looking around at today’s artists, there are few that come close to people like Marley. Today’s pop culture doesn’t stand for or point towards anything other than money and that’s such a shame.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things about the man I disagree with. I find some of his lifestyle choices distasteful to say the least. But what you cannot argue with is his heart. He was clearly committed to the betterment of his people. He clearly wanted to see a little more harmony in the world. And he was obviously passionate about fighting injustice. To a large extent, he led, or at the very least added fuel to a social revolution. His life as a result had, and still to this day continues to have, tremendous significance. I can’t say the same for many of today’s ‘stars’. I guess ideals don’t pay the bills too well.
I would like to dedicate this space to the memory of Bob Marley, and all other artists, dead and live, like him. To all who have given of themselves to the betterment of humanity,” Respect man!”