Monday, February 6, 2012

Bob Marley, son of St. Ann

Today is Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley’s birthday—or would have been if he were still alive. Marley died over thirty years ago. His music lives on, though, as if he were still with us. My favourite is, One Love, a classic Bob Marley & The Wailers song.

Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was born on the Island of Jamaica in the mountains of St. Ann parish. I grew up a few miles away in the parish capital, St. Ann’s Bay, also the birthplace of  Black Nationalist, Marcus Garvey.

“One Love” was chosen as the best music of Jamaica over the last 50 years and was named song of the millennium by the BBC.


Except video, © 2012 Russell G. Campbell


  1. hey man nice song. Reggae music is slow music to dance to. I am from Trinidad and the steelband is my music. The Bajans have or had 'the Merrymen.'

    Russ, I am white and when I tell people here that I was born in T'dad, they asked "how come you are not black" I laugh. I guess seeing alot of blacks and east indians when they travel to the west indies they are just curious of my colour.

    You know Russ, I miss the atmosphere of the west indians

    1. Jen, I get a similar reaction to my skin colour and the fact I was born in Jamaica.

      Mostly I miss the brilliant smiles, the sea air, the food and the music.