The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively – Bob Marley.
Bob Marley’s 74th birthday anniversary on Wednesday is being marked by a day of activities and a grand reggae concert at Ravous Lounge in Nairobi.
He died in May 1981 but his music has lived through the time and it’s evident by the ever-growing list of accomplishments attributable to his music, which advocated for social change.
According to the Rastafarian Society chairman Moses Mbugua, close to 300 true Rastafarians have assembled at a hall in Mathare.
They are holding discussions on the global impact of reggae to Rastafarianism and Marley’s philosophy.
They will later head out for the Concert at 5 pm. The concert will feature a myriad of reggae entertainers from Kenya who will perform until 7 pm.
Reggae month is officially here and we couldn’t ask for a better start to the month than the celebration of the King of Reggae’s birthday. Bob Marley embodied everything we would like to promote for reggae month: he was about peace, love and bringing people together through his music, regardless of race or gendeR.
KOT have taken to social media to celebrate Bob Marley with many quoting Marley’s inspirational messages to society. Here is how some of their tweets read:
Janet Machuka: Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end — Bob Marley
Raggainvasion: People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody, I am not a leader but a messenger. The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people” – Bob Marley
Droolelm: Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds” ~Bob Marley,
Sparks: Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold” – Bob Marley Today we remember Bob Marley, he would have been 74. Long live the spirit of Ras Nesta One love
Muranga Pariot: Just because you’re happy it doesn’t mean that the day is perfect but that you’ve looked beyond its imperfections”- Robert Nesta Marley Bob Marley (6th February 1945-11th May 1981
Mzilikazi wa Africa: One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain Bob Marley.
Rambilingsloa: You never know how strong you are, Until being strong is your only choice. Bob Marley.
International artists have also taken to social media to wish the legendary Bob Marley a happy birthday
“Happy birthday Bob #bobmarley #jahbless,” wrote DJ M.E.G
“Blessed Earth Strong ℳr ℳarley…… Your ℳusic Forever Lives On!!!”, Sarapinky said.
“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. #HaileSelassie #BobMarley #OneLove,” Mary Jane tweeted
Bob’s story of inspiration began when he was young. He grew up in a place where crime was glorified and his only way out was music. Through the music, he escaped the dangerous gang violence but he never forgot his hometown.
Bob Marley was known to care about the community. He took on a series of community projects and supported thousands of people with food, jobs and housing.
ob Marley was known for hits such as Redemption Song, One Love, Stir it up, No woman no cry” and “Three little birds.”