The legend who said – “Money can’t buy life”

He is revered for his eternal, soul-searching renditions. And three decades after his death, we are still experiencing his permanent presence.   
Ø  Born Nesta Robert Marley – a Jamaican passport official reversed his first and middle names
Ø  He released a song under the pseudonym Bobby Martell in 1962
Ø  He worked as a lab assistant in the United States using an assumed name, Donald Marley
Ø  1973 album, Catch a Fire marked the first time a reggae band had access to a state-of-the-art studio
Ø  The Wailers were once fired in the US for being more popular than the acts they were opening for
Ø  Under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers eleven albums were released, four live albums and seven studio albums
Ø  “Money can’t buy life,” were Marley’s last words to his son Ziggy
Ø  Shortly before his death, Marley was baptised into Christianity in 1980
Ø  Aside from music, football played a major role throughout his life. His favourite team was Santos and its star player Pele
Ø  In the 1970s his tour manager was a Jamaican international footballer
Ø  Voted as one of the greatest lyricists of all time by a BBC poll
Ø  2010: Catch a Fire inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (Reggae Album)
Ø  Australian Aborigines continue to burn a sacred flame to honour his memory in Sydney
Ø  There are also many tributes to Bob Marley throughout India, including restaurants, hotels, and cultural festivals
Derick Matsengarwodzi is a communication consultant and founder of The Aloe Media – a communications entity. An ardent researcher and media devotee – you can interact with him through: or Facebook or email:


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