Emancipate Yourself From Mental Slavery

During his career as a musician and activist, Robert Nesta Marley focused his efforts on confronting and rectifying oppression through song. Much of his music is influenced by the unjust living conditions in his Jamaican community, Trench Town. His legacy as an activist is due to his ability to identify universal symptoms and efforts of social injustice. His songs detailed the systematic results of cultural imperialism and powerlessness in impoverished communities.

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Revolution Soldier

Photos taken at Bob Marley’s resting place; near Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. Courtesy of Rebecca Alvy

A version of this post was originally published on February 13, 2012

On a recent, very brief trip to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, I was not surprised to experience the high quality of respect given to the memory of Bob Marley. Anything less would have been disappointing. However, as a lifetime follower of Marley, this trip highlighted a pattern much of the world is guilty of—pigeonholing Bob Marley as nothing more than a reggae artist and—thus losing sight of his revolutionary spirit.

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Revolution Soldier

Photos taken at Bob Marley’s resting place; near Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. Courtesy of Rebecca Alvy

On a recent, very brief trip to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, I was not surprised to experience the high quality of respect given to the memory of Bob Marley. Anything less would have been disappointing. However, as a lifetime follower of Marley, this trip highlighted a pattern much of the world is guilty of—pigeonholing Bob Marley as nothing more than a reggae artist and—thus losing sight of his revolutionary spirit.

(more…)