• Bob Marley was a reggae trailblazer and an ambassador for peace around the world. (NITV)Source: NITV
Bob Marley was a reggae trailblazer and an ambassador for peace around the world. Even though Marley died over three decades ago his message of peace and love continues through his music and family.
By
Luke Briscoe

5 May 2015 - 10:00 AM  UPDATED 24 Jun 2015 - 5:52 PM

Bob Marley is considered a spiritual leader to many and a sign of hope that peace and love will eventually infect everyone around the globe. He was able to use his infectious music to paved the way for a united Jamaica and to also discuss race relations with all people.

Marley was a man that walked in both the white man's world and black man's world. Even though he may not have fit in either world's he never let this get to him. 

"My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don't dip on nobody's side. Me don't dip on the black man's side nor the white man's side. Me dip on God's side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white."

"My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don't dip on nobody's side"

Ironically the peace advocate was a victim of a violent shooting and it is widely understood that shooting was politically motivated and that as many thought that the upcoming Bob Marley concert was a rally to support Manley. Some believe the shooting which also killed Marley was politically motivated, as many felt the concert was really a rally in support of Manley who was seeking re-election in national polls scheduled for December 20. The concert still when on and the injured Bob Marley performed one of the best sets.

Bob Marley was aged 36 when he died in 1981. Bob Marley suffered from a malignant melanoma, which is a type of cancer that was found on his big toe which subsequently led to his death.

Since his death in 1981 Bob Marley's legacy lives on through his some 13 siblings continue who continue to take up the fight for equal rights and justice. 

This list of "Top 10 Political Songs from Bob Marley" is a celebration of Bob Marley's life and a testimony of his pursuit of freedom, equality and peace and love for all.

# 1 "Get Up, Stand Up"

"Get up, Stand up, Stand Up for your rights."

In 1973 Bob Marley and Peter Tosh collaborated one on the most iconic protest songds "Get Up, Stand Up". This song was a call to action for people in Jamacia to stand up aginst racism and. The pair were an unstopable force for change in Jamacia ad it is widely undertood that the what broke the pair up was a difference in idialogies as Bob Marley believed peace and love was the only way Jamacia could unite and Peter Tosh as about equal rights and justice and its belived that thier idealism had caused them to split. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkYN-J9zZ6Q

#2 "Small Axe" 

"If you are a big-big tree, we are a some axe waiting, ready to cut you down, waiting to cut you down."

In 1968 Bob Marley recorded the "Small Axe". This song represents the political and spiritual message which suppots Bob Marley's and discusses the important message of equality and equal rights.

#3 "Redemption Song"

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds."

"Redemption Song" is concidered to be Bob Marley's most beautiful song by many. This song was reconded by Bob Marley recording solo, with just his voice and his guitar with one take. With lyrics that are partially taken from a speech by Marcus Garvey and that make the argument that slavery was never truly abolished, it's a powerful piece of both music and poetry.

#4 "War"

"Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war, me say war."So Much Trouble in the World.

There's no question about what Marley's protesting with "War": it's a clear and unabashed message against racism, classism, and poverty. It speaks specifically to troubles in Africa but also more generally about the same issues around the world.

#5 "Africa Unite"

"Cause we're moving right out of Babylon And we're going to our father's land" 

Marley is a part of a long line of African musicians who fought the struggle for African liberation through his musical genius and as means of confronting the corrupt social order. "Africa Unite" is a song that unites all africans in the pursute for freedom from the purscusion and oppression of inslavement.

#6 "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)"

"Them belly full, but we hungry! A hungry mob is an angry mob!"

Though this song warns of an angry mob, it also suggests that music and dancing is a good escape from the troubles of poverty. In that sense, it thumbs its nose at the "downpressors" while encouraging positivity from the "downpressed." Marley originally released this song on Natty Dread, but performed it in concert regularly until he died, including a particularly rousing version at his final concert.

#7 "Revolution"

"It takes a revolution to make a solution, too much confusion, so much frustration!"

This closing track of the highly political album Natty Dread is a smooth and beat-heavy call for -- what else? -- a revolution. Musically, it's a bit quieter than some of the songs on this list, but the lyrics are strong and powerful. 

#8 Crazy Baldhead

"Them crazy, them crazy, We gonna chase those crazy Baldheads out of town, Chase those crazy baldheads Out of town."

“Crazy Baldhead” is a song warning the skinheads, racists, and White devils that their crimes will no longer be tolerated. The “brainwash education to make us the fools” is an ongoing government-sponsored propaganda campaign directed at every man, woman, and child. If you open your eyes you might see it.

#9 I Shot the Sheriff

"I shot the Sheriff but I did not shot the Deputy"

I Shot The Sheriff was released in 1973 on The Wailers' album Burnin'. Marley explained his intention as follows: "I want to say 'I shot the police' but the government would have made a fuss so I said 'I shot the sheriff' instead… but it's the same idea: justice." By talking about trying to silence those who fight for everybody’s rights and ideas, Marley is giving the voiceless a voice, and that’s a big part of why this song’s so special.

#10. "Burnin' and Lootin'"

"How many rivers do we have to cross before we can talk to the boss? All that we got, it seems we have lost. We must have really paid the cost."

Probably the most seditious of any song that Bob Marley ever wrote, this protest song straight-up talks an impending riot; not necessarily from a standpoint of encouraging rioting, but simply talking about how a natural consequence of domination and autocracy is a violent overthrow. Though it's probably not the first choice for a nonviolent protester's playlist, it's still an important part of the Bob Marley canon.