Today makes been 38 years since Bob Marley died, but his legacy is larger than ever.
The Reggae legend’s uplifting reggae music has been used to help thousands of famine victims in Africa while his face is worn on t-shirts, hats and watches as a popular symbol of peace. Even spider species and ocean critters have been named after him.
The Jamaican singer-songwriter, whose real name is Robert Nesta Marley, was just 36 when he died of a rare form of cancer on May 11, 1981. In his lifetime, he never even got a Grammy nomination but in 2001 that he was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his artistic contributions to the music industry.
He sang about everything from love to freedom to self-reflection.
To show the timelessness of Bob Marley’s message, here are just a few of his most popular lyrics.
‘Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold’
In his song “Zion Train,” Marley reminded fans that wisdom is more powerful than wealth. He encouraged listeners to seek peace and power from within rather than from worldly things.