In 1970, Marley and the
Wailers approached Jamaican raised Chris Blackwell, the head of Island Records
in England. Blackwell
loved Jamaican music, so they thought that this would be a great opportunity to
explore some bigger opportunities in their career.
The first album that they created was called
“Catch a Fire,” and it was the first great piece of artwork that received a lot
of credit from a lot of critique groups.
Although, Marley and the Wailers did not
receive significant recognition virally across the world, it was definitely a
step in the direction Marley had a vision of going in. It wasn’t until 1975 that people would begin
to notice Bob Marley and begin to wonder who this new music influencer is.
His music during this time didn’t sell millions of records, but he was
known for his brilliant creativity and integrity. Marley became a substantial and widely
recognized person along with various other artists during the 1970s. His influence was revealed by giving society a
vision of what he saw the world was going through. By this time you can begin to see more of the
direction Marley was trying to take his music. He came out with a song called “War,” which
made a statement about worldwide conflict going on and how it needed to be
knew that he was putting himself at risk by coming out with this type of music
that turned a lot of people’s heads and really captured their attention.
He would go into detail in his lyrics and speak about Jamaica and how it
was an active and deadly place. His voice, when he sang sounded so passionate
about his roots and people said they vividly could picture everything Marley
was preaching about. Some of Jamaica’s most powerful leaders did
not want to see the social and economic change that Marley stated was necessary
in his music. Much of the violence in Jamaica was coming
from protestors and criminals and was being sustained by the island’s
government and police. All this was going on during the 1976 election
in Jamaica. He clearly stated and told the people that he
did not favor one side of a political party more than the other, but rather he
wanted there to be peace and whoever was voted as the winning party of Jamaica
to spread peace and show love for the people that lived on that island.
Marley’s message of resistance
and wanting to defeat oppression clearly appeared to be his most powerful and
important legacy that was left behind. Many others in popular music have spoken out
about the same concerns that Marley did. Many addressed injustice, intolerance,
injustice, and oppression from living in and outside those conditions, but
Marley was one among many who risked his life to say the things he believed. His art and music gave many examples of the
different messages he was trying to convey across many different cultures in