Bob Marley
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM
Jamaican Order of Merit
The Order of Merit is part of the Jamaican honours system and is the third highest honour conferred by the nation of Jamaica. The Order of Merit is conferred upon Jamaicans or on distinguished citizen of another country who has achieved eminent international distinction in the field of science,...

 (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaica
Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length, up to in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about south of Cuba, and west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic...

n singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska
Ska |Jamaican]] ) is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s, and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues...

, rocksteady
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around 1966. A successor to ska and a precursor to reggae, rocksteady was performed by Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, The Maytals and The Paragons. The term rocksteady comes from a dance style that was mentioned in the Alton...

 and reggae
Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady.Reggae is based...

 band Bob Marley & The Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers were a Jamaican reggae, ska and rocksteady band formed by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1963. Additional members were Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, Cherry Smith and Aston and Carlton Barrett...

 (1963–1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music
Music of Jamaica
The music of Jamaica includes Jamaican folk music and many popular genres, such as mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, reggae fusion and related styles. Jamaica's music culture is a fusion of elements from the United States , Africa, and neighboring Caribbean islands such as...

 and the Rastafari movement
Rastafari movement
The Rastafari movement or Rasta is a new religious movement that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica, which at the time was a country with a predominantly Christian culture where 98% of the people were the black descendants of slaves. Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia , as God...

 to a worldwide audience.

Marley's music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he is considered to have given voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica.

Judge not, before you judge yourself. Judge not, if you're not ready for judgement, whoa oh oh

Judge Not|Judge Not (1961)

One love, one heart, let's get together and feel alright.

One Love (Bob Marley song)|One Love (cowritten with Curtis Mayfield|Curtis Mayfield), from the album Exodus (album)|Exodus, originally recorded on The Wailing Wailers|The Wailing Wailers (1965)

Every day the bucket a-go a well, one day the bottom a-go drop out.

I Shot The Sheriff|I Shot The Sheriff, from the album Burnin' (The Wailers album)|Burnin' (1973)

A hungry mob is an angry mob.

Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), from the album Natty Dread|Natty Dread (1974)

Truth is the lightSo you never give up the fight.

Final jamming of Live at the Roxy (Bob Marley & The Wailers album)|Live at the Roxy (recorded 1976)

Don't worry about a thing, 'cos every little thing is gonna be alright.

Three Little Birds|Three Little Birds, from the album Exodus (album)|Exodus (1977)

Your life is worth much more than gold.

Jamming (song)|Jamming, from the album Exodus (album)|Exodus (1977)

Excuse me while I light my spliff, good God i gotta get a lift

Easy Skanking, from the album Kaya (album)|Kaya (1978)

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind.Have no fear for atomic energy, 'cause none of them can stop the time.

Redemption Song|Redemption Song, from the album Uprising (album)|Uprising (1979)

Don't gain the world and lose your soulWisdom is better than silver and gold

Zion Train|Zion Train