Explain Bob Marley’s importance to Jamaican culture and reggae music.

Expert Answers info

Julianne Hansen, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

bookM.A. from Clemson University


calendarEducator since 2019

write1,474 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Born Robert Nesta Marley, the famous Bob Marley influenced music worldwide in the 1960s and 70s and is still celebrated as one of the best musicians of all time. Born in Jamaica, Marley is best known for his contributions to reggae. His music has deep themes of love, peace, and equality for all races and classes; these ideas made Marley widely appreciated by a diverse fan base.

When Marley was born in Jamaica, the island had existed under slavery and colonialism for more than 200 years. Because Marley was biracial, having both a white and a black parent, he became a visual (and successful) vision of both Jamaica's progress and hope. In many ways, Marley's success became symbolic of Jamaica itself, and the island the the legend of Marley are entwined throughout the world.

Marley was also a believer in Rastafari:

Rastafari is a phenomenon that began in the 1930s in response to a message given by Jamaican nationalist Marcus Garvey , who proclaimed that African people in the diaspora should look...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 549 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Ask a Question