Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim, blending mostly reggae, ska and rocksteady in his compositions. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Today, fans around the world are celebrating his legacy as an activist and as an artist. From his early days with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in the original Wailers, to his iconic days as a solo superstar, Bob Marley’s music and message have lived on despite his tragic death in 1981 of cancer.
It was reported that a collection of Marley’s lost masters were found and mostly restored after nearly being ruined by water damage in the basement of the Kensai Rise hotel in North London, where Marley and the Wailers had stayed while touring Europe in the 1970s. The Guardian reports that the tapes have the original live recordings from Marley’s concerts in London and Paris between 1974 and 1978, including live performances of songs like “No Woman No Cry,” “Jammin,’” “Exodus” and “I Shot The Sheriff.”
So in celebration of the Tuff Gong’s birthday, here are some beloved Bob Marley performances and songs.
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