On February 7, 2013 a great festival was held in Israel – Bob Marley’s 68th birthday festival.
Bob Marley was the most popular Reggae singer in the world. He was born in Jamaica on February 6, 1945. He started to learn music and write songs when he was 17 years old. When he grew up he established a band called “The Wailers.” Around that time he joined the Rastafarian Movement and started to grow his hallmark – his dreadlocks.
Bob started writing many famous songs, like: “One Love,” “Three little birds,” and “Redemption Song.” Almost all his songs talk about love, politics and freedom.
On May 11, 1981 Bob Marley died from cancer. His last words to his son were: “money can’t buy life.”
In Israel many people were affected by him. Some singers started to grow dreadlocks and some started writing reggae songs. Some Israeli musicians celebrate his birthday in a special way: they hold a special festival for him. This festival has been celebrated since 2005. In the festival Israeli singers and bands perform covers to Bob Marley’s songs. This year, 2013, there were Axum, Hatikva 6, Hagit Lasso, Mercedes Band and more. Many people come to this festival because they love Marley’s music so much.
For me Bob Marley wasn’t just a singer, he was a man who changed my life and taught me many things about my life, even though I didn’t know him. When I listen to his songs I feel like I’m in another place, His songs always make me happy. I highly recommend listening to his songs and getting to know his amazing world!
This video is a promo for the 2013 festival – and this YouTube channel contains many performances from the past Marley festivals in Israel as well.
Hope you enjoy it:
Festival promo (video from BarDan Shmulix on youtube.com)