Today, on what would’ve been the 64th birthday of Robert Nesta Marley, millions of American students sparked up the copy of Legend they downloaded off BitTorrent — most without the slightest clue that the day had any significance to the man whose tunes they were jammin’ to. Okay, I kid, I kid (sort of). It’s always easy to poke fun at the way Marley’s image has been posthumously co-opted, but really, who are we to say he would have minded very much? Marley’s goal in life was to entertain and enlighten. He’s continued to do that for countless listeners since his too-early death in 1981, even if not all of them seem to fully grasp the message behind his music. So let’s stay positive today. Right now I’m grooving on the live version of “Them Belly Full (But WeHungry)” you’ll find below — a total classic, though Marley didn’twrite the song himself. What are your favorite Marley tunes?
More on Bob Marley:
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