Celebration of yet another year of Jamaica's Emancipation and Independence, Jamaicansmusic.com saw it appropriate to honour Robert Nesta Marley, better known as Bob Marley, for our Veterans feature. Reggae music has always been used as an instrument to bellow the cries of people who are faced with constant oppression, from enslavement to poverty and the like. As the King of Reggae, Bob's songs never failed to transmit positive vibrations to avid listeners who look to his music for peace of mind. Perhaps the most profound example is the classic 'Redemption Song' with the timeless message that implores you to "emancipate yourself from mental slavery."
To date, this song has had a lasting impact on not only Jamaicans but has transcended borders all over the world, touching just about anyone who happens to hear the potent lyrics. Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, Wyclef Jean, Rihanna and several other famous singers have actually
covered 'Redemption Song', a testimony of how great the song truly is. It was Bob Marley who once said "we will use music to free the people." These words were by no means spoken arbitrarily, for his music wails tunes that have, for three generations, liberated our minds and
We hail Bob, a legend and spiritual messenger for his timeless music that will forever humble our hearts and bring shared meaning to our lives.