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Robert Nesta Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981), much better known as Bob Marley, was a guitarist and songwriter from the ghettos of Jamaica.

Born in Nine Miles, St. Ann, Jamaica[?], Marley started in ska and gravitated towards reggae, playing, teaching and singing for a long period in the 1970s and 1980s; Marley is perhaps best-known for work with his reggae group The Wailers, the backbone of which were two other celebrated reggae musicians, Bunny Livingstone[?] and Peter Tosh. Much of his early work was produced with Lee Perry, although the pair split in acrimony over the assignment of recording rights.

Marley's work was largely responsible for the acceptance in the mainstream of reggae music. He signed to Chris Blackwell[?]'s Island Records label in 1971, at the time, a highly influential and innovative label with a stable of both successful and diverse artists including, amongst others, such nascent luminaries of the music scene as Genesis, John Martyn and Nick Drake.

Much of his work deals with the struggles of the impoverished and/or powerless. Marley died in Miami, Florida on May 11 1981.

He has a son named Ziggy Marley (b. 1968). 5-years after Bob's death he started college since 1986.

See also: Roots reggae, Rastafarianism, Ras Tafari, Jamaican English, Amharic, Ethiopia.

External Links: Go to All Music Guide for a comprehensive discography and other information.

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