Today is Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday

Today, February 6, marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Bob Marley, and Jamaicans and fans the world over are celebrating the occasion.

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Born Robert Nesta Marley in the district of Nine Miles, situated in the northern Jamaica parish of St. Ann, Bob moved to Trench Town, Kingston as a youth and there he met his musical collaborators, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailers, along with other members of his early Wailers singing group and other legendary Jamaican musicians.

Activities to celebrate his life and work are being held in Trench Town; at the Bob Marley Museum, his former house in later life in a more upscale section of Kingston, and in many other parts of the country.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, in her message to mark the occasion, describes Marley as “a musical giant whose voice in the wilderness rang out loud and strong during a very difficult time in our national and global journey.”

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