Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Musician Statue: Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley - Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

N 18° 24.398 W 077° 06.643

Short Description: 

A statue of the legendary and influential reggae musician, singer and lyricist Bob Marley, is located in the Island Village shopping area near the cruise ship port in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Long Description:

A 6.5' high bronze statue of Bob Marley stands on 3' high sculpted stone base. A bare-chested Marley is shown with his long hair braided in characteristic dreadlocks. The lower part of his the body morphs into the roots a banyan tree. This is most evident from the rear. Marley has a guitar at his midsection which is slung over his left shoulder and back. His right arm is pointing straight up and his index finger is extended. He is holding a microphone near his mouth with his left hand. The microphone morphs into the roots at the bottom of the statue. The sculpture was signed by C. (Christopher) Gonzalez and dated '82.

Bob Marley was born in the village of Nine Mile, St. Ann Parish in the mountain above Ocho Rios on February 6, 1945. He was the mixed race child of British born Norval Sinclair Marley and Jamaica born Cedella Booker, later known in Jamaica as Mama Marley. In high school he began to write music with his friend Neville Livingston, later known as Bunny Wailer.

The pair moved to Trenchtown, near Kingston, where they formed the reggae band called Bob Marley and the Wailers with Peter Tosh, Beverley Kelso, Junior Braithwaite. and later Cherry Smith. They produced 15 albums of music that popularized reggae music throughout the world. Bob Marley wrote the lyrics to many of the 145 songs that he recorded, including classics such as:

One Love
Buffalo Soldier
Get Up Stand Up
I Shot The Sheriff
Is This Love
Satisfy My Soul
and many others


The Wailing Wailers (1965)
Soul Rebels (1970)
Soul Revolution (1971)
The Best of the Wailers (1971)
Catch a Fire (1973)
Burnin' (1973)
Natty Dread (1974)
Live! (1975)
Rastaman Vibration (1976)
Exodus (1977)
Babylon By Bus (1978)
Kaya (1978)
Survival (1979)
Uprising (1980)
Confrontation (1983)

Bob Marley was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1977 and died on May 11, 1981 in Miami at the age of 36. The certified platinum compilation album - Legend, released after his death on May 8, 1984, insured his place in musical history.

Wikipedia lists the following honors awarded to Bob Marley:

Band of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine, 1976.

Awarded the Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations. June 1978:

Awarded Jamaica's third highest honour, the Jamaican Order of Merit. February 1981

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. March 1994

Album of the Century for Exodus by Time Magazine. 1999

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. February 2001

Awarded Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. February 2001

Rolling Stone ranked him No. 11 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. 2004

"One Love" named song of the millennium by BBC.

Voted as one of the greatest lyricists of all time by a BBC poll.

An English Heritage blue plaque was unveiled at his first UK residence in Ridgmount Gardens, London. 2006

The album Catch a Fire inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 2010

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