Back in the late 1960s, reggae music bloomed across Jamaica, capturing the imagination of young and old alike with Rastafarian lyrics of cosmic love and humanity. Eventually, the genre became world-famous, with singer Jimmy Cliff featuring a reggae soundtrack for his film ‘The Harder They Come’.
Around the same time, Jamaican singer Bob Marley became a global sensation. With his dreadlocks flying wild and an ecstatic smile on his face, the Kingston-born artist became inseparable from Jamaican ethos. You can experience the spirit of reggae on a full-day tour of Jamaica, or spend some quality time touring the Bob Marley Museum. Let’s look at the most famous Marley landmarks in detail:
Bob Marley was born as Robert Nesta Marley in Nine Mile, a village in the parish of Saint Ann. During your tour, you can walk the streets that inspired the maestro’s music. Marley’s father passed away when he was 10, and two years later, he left the village for Trenchtown in Kingston. There, he became part of a vocal singing group.
Bob Marley Museum
The Bob Marley Museum is the former home of the legend, which he purchased in 1975. During your tour of the museum, you can see his personal recording studio, the accolades that he received, and personal items that he cherished. There is also an air-conditioned theatre and souvenir shop in the house. It was converted into a museum by his wife Alpharita Anderson, after Marley’s demise due to melanoma at the young age of 36.
After moving away from Nine Mile, Marley began producing music for leading record companies. In 1972, he toured the UK with soul singer Johnny Nash. Four years later, Marley and his wife were injured in an assassination attempt, but the singer continued his performance unfazed. All these milestones come to life at the Bob Marley Museum.
Bob Marley Mausoleum
Although Marley moved to England in his later life, and breathed his last at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, his remains are to be found in Kingston, Jamaica. The Bob Marley Mausoleum is also in Kingston, and serves as the resting place of the singer and his family.
Although raised as a Catholic, Marley adopted Rastafarian views in the 1960s. The movement places love for God and love for one’s neighbors at its core, and encourages people to ‘live naturally’. Listeners will often find a resonance of these beliefs in Marley’s tracks.
Other Highlights of the Tour
During a tour of Jamaica’s reggae history, you will also enjoy refreshing views of low mountains, forests, and waterfalls. In Saint Ann, you will be taken to the Garden Parish full of colourful flowers. In Kingston, you will also visit Devon House, where Jamaica’s first black millionaire lived.
Reggae has now given rise to other genres like Jamaican Dub, and also found its way into modern rap and hip-hop. But if you’d like to attend a true-blue reggae concert, head to Negril in Jamaica, where concerts are held all around the year, including the One Love franchise.