When Robert Nesta Marley, Jamaican singer and songwriter better known as Bob Marley, passed away on May 11, 1981, there was disquiet in the global music landscape. 


The ace singer breathed his last after battling acral lentiginous melanoma — a form of skin cancer — for four years.

His death marked the end of an era. The ‘No Woman No Cry’ crooner etched his name on the sands of time with his politically driven songs and biblically referenced Rasta principles that shaped his legacy.

With his songs, the legendary singer spoke truth to power, fought deeply-rooted societal ills, and strongly preached love in a world grappling with racial discrimination and other forms of divisions.


His contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade.

Four decades after his demise, he remains a symbol of inspiration for music lovers in the quest for a united world.

TheCable Lifestyle examines 10 of his evergreen songs as the world celebrates his legacy 40 years after his death.


‘No Woman No Cry’ — 1975

‘Buffalo Soldiers’ — 1983


‘One Love/People Get Ready’ —  1977

‘Punky Reggae Party’ — (1977)


‘Redemption Song’ — 1980

‘Is This Love?’ — 1978


‘Stir It Up’ 

‘I Shot the Sheriff’ — 1973

‘Jamming’ — 1977

‘Could You Be Loved’ — 1980

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