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Quote and Person of the day- Bob Marley

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain; live for others and you will live again”⠀

- Bob Marley⠀

Bob Marley, born 1945, was a Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. His father died in 1955, seeing his son only once.⠀

Bob Marley started his career with the Wailers. They collaborated with Lee Scratch Perry, resulting in some of the Wailers' finest tracks. This collaboration ended bitterly when the Wailers found that Perry, thinking the records were his, sold them in England without their consent. However, this brought the Wailers' music to the attention of the owner of Island Records.⠀

In 1976, during a period of spiraling political violence in Jamaica, an attempt was made on Marley's life. Marley left for England, where he lived in self-exile for two years. In England "Exodus" was produced, and it remained on the British charts for 56 straight weeks. This was followed by another successful album, "Kaya." These successes introduced reggae music to the western world for the first time, and established the beginning of Marley's international status.⠀

In 1977 Marley consulted with a doctor when a wound in his big toe would not heal. More tests revealed malignant melanoma. He refused to have his toe amputated as his doctors recommended, claiming it contradicted his Rastafarian beliefs.⠀

In 1980, during an American tour and after he played two shows at Madison Square Garden, Marley collapsed while jogging in NYC's Central Park. The cancer diagnosed earlier had spread to his brain, lungs and stomach. Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital on May 11, 1981. He was 36 years old.⠀

What Marley brought to the world stage was something that was perhaps unique for its time. His tireless dedication and hard work to ensuring that the world came to learn and hear of Rastafari is in itself a major contributor to what made it into a global phenomenon.

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