A vendor preapres a coconut for a customer in front of a mural of late musician Bob Marley in Kingston, Jamaica. Marley, who was born in 1945 and died in 1981, remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music and is also credited for helping spread Jamaican music to a worldwide audience. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)—
The City Council declared Tuesday as “Bob Marley Day” in Los Angeles to honor the late iconic Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter in connection with the DVD release of the documentary “Marley.”
Two of Marley’s children, Ziggy and Karen, will accept a proclamation from Councilman Tom LaBonge announcing Bob Marley Day in Los Angeles.
“Some folks came together and said, ‘Look, it’s Bob Marley, his legacy, his music, it’s all part of entertainment,” LaBonge told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.
Born Feb. 6, 1945, in the rural community of Nine Miles in the mountainous terrain of the Jamaican parish of St. Ann, Marley went on to become the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands The Wailers and Bob Marley & and The Wailers.
Marley’s best-known hits include “I Shot the Sheriff”;”No Woman, No Cry”; “Could You Be Loved”; “Stir It Up”;”Jamming”; “Redemption Song”;”One Love” and together with The Wailers, “Three Little Birds” and the posthumous releases “Buffalo Soldier” and “Iron Lion Zion.”
Best known for popularizing the Rastafari movement — a religion that believes the last emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, was the Messiah — Marley reportedly experienced a conversion to Christianity on his death bed.
The compilation album “Legend,” released three years after he died from cancer 1981 at the age of 36, has been honored as the best selling reggae album of all time by the Recording Industry Association of America.