You may be alive… but are you awake?
This is so profound a thought expressed by Dr Marley. Its interesting that when I returned home (Ghana , Africa) in 1996 in speaking with the Ghanians they could not be convinced by me that Bob was not educated to the tertiary level and was at the level of a professor . When I read Bobs thoughts this mornig Lekim i realised that Prof Bob was indeed educated at that level just that his univesity was his great mind…Respect to Bob everytime – Bert Samuels
” If i did go a school i would be a fool” – Marley…There are some minds which do so much better outside of the the strictures of the formal education system……want a great musician … buy a piano and tell ur child “dont touch it” the great one will hide and play it beyond your dreams …Agutus Pablo’s family is well known to me and he was not “forced” do attend music lessons..he has been recognised as a “genius” in a Time magazine article I read in the 80’s – Bert Samuels
Who is Marley?
Marley is without question one of the most transcendent figures of the past hundred years. The ripples of his unparalleled achievements radiate outward through the river of his music into an ocean of politics, ethics, fashion, philosophy and religion. His story is a timeless myth made manifest in this iwah, right before our disbelieving eyes. There will come a day when music and its philosophy will become the religion of humanity. If there remains any magic it is music. Unlike mere pop stars, Bob was a moral and religious figure as well as a major record seller internationally.
To whom does he compare? In a Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure lead story Stanley Crouch makes a compelling case for Louis Armstrong as the century’s “unequaled performer.” Why Armstrong? Excelling not just in his instrumental inventiveness but in his vocal style as well, transforming the way music was made and listened to influencing performers of all stripes right down to this very day. You don’t see thousands of Maori and Tongans and Fijians gathering annually to pay honor to Louis Armstrong. You don’t witness phalanxes of youth wandering the world sporting Louis Armstrong t-shirts. As popular as the Beatles were you hardly see any Beatles shirts around anymore except for those few featuring John Lennon . Can you imagine an image ofElvis sewn onto the sleeve of an armed guerilla? When was the last time you saw a Michael Jackson flag or aBob Dylan sarong or Madonna rolling papers? All of these exist in Marleyite forms. His iconography is now a new universal language the symbol of freedom throughout the world. – Roger Steffans