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Messenger: Matthew Sent: 2/6/2012 7:50:59 AM

Give thanks for the life, teaching, and works of The Prophet Nesta Marley
The Gongs irits live on through the music and the message, his Fyah continues to burn in InI, Rasta lives for ever, BLESSED EARTHDAY teacher, leader, warrior, Revolutionary RASTA.

This Bob Marley interview was recorded in 1973 in Jamaica.
The interviewer is Neville Willoughby.
Neville But listen, you know a lot of people have a feeling that, a lot of guys who claim to be Rastas, are really, as one song says rascals.
Bob Many shall be called, but only a few chosen. And there shall be sheep and wolf in sheep clothing! But I&I couldn't watch that, this day. Because I&I have to live Rasta and know Rasta. I noh come fi judge a man. Jah seh leave all judgemant onto him. Soh all people who see a man out deh and seh "how him a gwaan like seh him a rasta". Who is dem fi seh how him a gwaan so. When God seh leave all judgemant onto him.
Neville But what you think about all this crime and violence going on though, as a Rasta?
Bob Ha Ha. Is laws cause crime and violence. Well I noh really... Yuh know what ah mean. Earth a come, earth a forward to how creation was an how earth fi rest. Is a mind ting. Now all the laws that we abide by and blaah-blaah-boom-boom-boom, what cause wi fi suffer. As any man can know that. Them law deh noh must be a must.
Neville Which laws? You speaking of any laws in particular?
Bob Every law! The only law which is law is the law of life. The law how fi live. Now dig dis. A man build him city and him seh him want these people fi run it, and him want these people to live yah soh. Now me don't waan get involved talking like me is a politician. Mi jus' waan talk 'bout righteousness. Like seh well then, Jah a earth rightful ruler and him noh run no wire fence.
Neville Am I right in assuming that Rastas don't believe in violence, at all?
Bob Rasta don't believe in violence man! Rasta don't believe, Rasta know. Yuh see, is when yuh believe, is that mash yuh up. Yuh must know what yuh know. Earth is earth, within 2000 years, now is 1973. Like I seh again. I naah do dis ting fi no money business. Dis ting, is Jah come inna I heart and mek it move, that I fi goh inna England goh seh these things again. Or say these things in America, or Australia. I man haffi goh, because I personnally is a servant of H.I.M. Not doing noh hard work, just doing wah Jah seh I fi do. And thru him gi I the power fi play music and him gi I the Inspiration fi seh these things, and mek the people, who him work through see these things. Because I know seh Jah inna every life. Now some people ah devil and some people ah angel. Dig! Jah seh leave all judgemant onto him. Dig! Soh yuh know, is certain, is plenty tings, ah man haffi keep to himself and try source it out fi himself. Because yuh can seh tings. At the time yuh say it, it noh seh right, and maybe not. Yuh know wah ah mean. Because these things are things Jah teach yuh everyday, and sometime yuh haffi learn. Yuh haffi know wah him seh. Yuh haffi source it out.
Neville Now you know, you have your religious faith, right. You have your convictions. Do you get annoyed by people who don't understand what you are talking about? Do you get annoyed.
Bob I am sorry for the people who don't understand what we talk about. Because they bare great tribulations in times when they don't have to. Yuh see, I personally know my heart can be hard as a stone, and yet soft as water. Then again... still sorry fi the people who don't know H.I.M. Because is like my mother used to tell mi. People head ah goh chop off and dem waan dead and caan dead. Inna the judgement. And these days yah ah the judgement days. Yuh know, only the fittest of the fittest shall survive. Like wah Marcus Garvey seh. Ah jus' so it goh.
Neville Tell me now. As a Rasta, what is your feeling about being Jamaican?
Bob Being Jamaican?
Neville Yeah!
Bob Being Jamaican? Hear how it goh now Neville. Being Jamaican? I don't see I self as being Jamaican. I see I self as a Rasta being Rasta! Soh, Jamaica is Jamaica. Africa is Afirca. I man a Rasta!
Neville Aah ha. You don't have any boundaries.
Bob My boundaries. Now, well I must pick a place pon earth where I know I must live. And I know I waan live near my father and my father live in Ethiopia. So I must live where my father is.
Neville Literally? In other words, literally you hope to live in Ethiopia some day.
Bob I don't hope. Wi going. Near, near! Dis is 1973, going near to 74 now. Jah seh, before one of my word pass away, heaven and earth crash. Dig! And him seh, him gone fi prepare a place, where he is I&I shall be there also!
Neville Bob, listen, everyday nowadays you read about famine in Ethiopia. What you say to that now?
Bob Great! I seh great. If yuh don't know God yuh goin' suffer and dead! No God Noh Partial, regardless weh yuh deh pon earth. If yuh deh ah Ethiopia inna him palace and yuh don't know him is the almighty, yuh suffer. God noh partial I. Now, I could ah starve and suffer too, but I know Jah.
Neville Now it's Bob Marley and the Wailers. You write such a lot of material for the group. You have such a lot to do with it. Are you committed to the group?
Bob Well yes! The group is the Wailers. Well fi some reason them seh Bob Marley and the Wailers. I never tell anyone fi seh dat, from no time at all. But maybe fi some reason why dem do it. Well I man is a Wailers. An' ah just soh it rest. Right now I&I ah goh play some music and just gwaan play some music until then. Until wah fi happen will just happen. Because I&I don't plan life. Because when man plan, Jah wipeout.
Neville Alright, but what about song writing. You write such a lot of music. Different people write music in different ways. Some sit down and write the words and then put the music to it. Some write the music, then drop in the words after. Do you have a process, and exactly what is it, if you have one?
Bob Well it grow together. Is like, first time mi try to write a song is the first time mi try to play the guitar. And soh mi can write a song without the guitar. But it really grow together. Mi really like stay with mi guitar. But it just happen, is Jah inspiration come thru man. Because, I personally, it look like, could ah write a whole heap a tune, it look like. But I pick special tune fi write. 'Cause a man can think of plenty things. Yuh know wah ah mean.
Neville Yes. I understand.
Neville Hey, listen I know you hand a close association with Johnny Nash, who has done quite a lot of your tunes. And me hear people talking and saying, "bwoy ah wonder if Johnny Nash ever treat our Jamaican man right?". What exactly is the situation? We are quite free on this program.
Bob Well... Dem gi mi some money the other day. And want mi fi sign another agreement with them. Mi really ah check it out like (ha ha). 'Cause yuh know...chuh! Is like mi noh waan really seh nothing bad 'bout dem, and still mi noh have nothing much good fi seh.
Neville What do you think about Americans taking Reggae and doing it and making big money out of it? Like Johnny Nash has done and Paul Simon and a couple of other people. What do you think about that.
Bob Well dem do something wah thru these people out yah try kill wi off, wi couldn't do right. Because dem people out yah too wicked. Now Neville dem ting yah mek mi vex.
NevilleI understand.
BobLook how much good artist inna Jamaica. Look wah it tek fi a guy, jus' seh because dem is guys, seh alright mi ah goh get some good recording done and do a ting with it. Jus' ah hustle off ah people. Waah yuh come in deh come do 15 tune in 3 hours. And soh ah guy spend $15,000 (JA) mek a album and when the album come it sell a million. Soh him don't loose, because him really stay deh and noh guess nothing. Him stay deh and do wah him ah do.
Neville So you mean that the people here wouldn't want to spend the money on us.
Bob Dem never waan do that.
Neville I see.
Bob Dem wait until Johnny Nash and dem guys deh gwaan with a ting. An' certain guys dem si whole heap a guys ah come in now. Dem hardly want wi even do it to. Yuh ah fi have yuh own studio and all that. Wah wi ah try get right now our own studio. Because if wi want it, Jah will mek wi have it.
Neville You want a studio?
Bob Yeah!!! Because wi want to mek music. Yuh have to much man out deh wah wi ah fi go thru too much other things, just thru classes.
Neville You've spoken a couple time about classes. Middle class and that type of thing.
Bob Yeah. I've come to realize se dem really divide wi in classes. Yes, and is true. Dem try fi divide wi in classes weh mi don't agree with. Because is wickedness. Yuh caan divide people. How can yuh divide the people? Some ah dem noh have four foot.
Neville Yeah. True, true.
Neville Listen Bob, we've run out of time, but I'd like to ask you if you have any sought of hope in the country Jamaica right now. You are a guy getting on alright in your field. You know. In singing.
Bob Hope in the country?
Neville Yes.
Bob Well yes. Jamaica is a little nice great place. Mi really love Jamaica, because mi walk plenty stone land inna Jamaica and plenty hills. But ah think we really need a direction. Not a big ol' signing up this and signing up that, but a direction in your own country. Wah happen to the earth. An mean wi have to till the soil. An' it noh call fi slavery fi do that. It just call fi understanding.
Neville Well atleast you have made a start, because you say you are a Farmer.
Bob I man a Farmer Iyah from creation.
Neville Ok. Bob Marley its been a great pleasure talking to you.

Messenger: Eleazar Sent: 2/6/2012 9:10:23 AM

Blessed Earthstrong to Bob Marley and Ark I

Messenger: Jhamn Sent: 2/6/2012 6:34:55 PM

Beautiful, like bobs birthday was on my birthday, genious

Messenger: jah_cedes Sent: 2/6/2012 10:02:07 PM

yes, Irie Bob marley is a Good prophet and always will be remembered and the I Bob Marley words also all praise to the I!

Messenger: jessep86 Sent: 2/6/2013 9:42:41 PM

Bob Marley, a.k.a. Tuff Gong, a.k.a. Gong Gong Gorilla remembered
By Melissa Bell

This story appeared in the Post on May 12, 1981, the day after Bob Marley died. It was written by Courtland Milloy.

Bob Marley with his guitar, decorated with a picture of RasTafari at Tuff Gong. (David Burnett) Bob Marley darted onto the stage in a loose-fitting silk skirt that opened like a parachute when he eased himself to his knees. As the crowd roared under a pitch-black Kingston sky, Marley began shaking his head, flogging his shoulders with long, matted hair. Then he bolted to his feet in a howling rendition of the reggae anthem “Stand Up for Your Rights.”

It was an intense, unabashed performance. The throngs that had come to hear him pressed closer to the stage chanting “One love of Jamaica.” That was the designated name of this historic peace concert, but in many ways it symbolized the unified regard for a remarkable man and his music.

Bob Marley, 36, a slight, gentle man, died yesterday of cancer at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami. The last time I saw him was in 1978 shortly after he returned from England. He had gone there two years earlier after being shot in the arm during a political gunfight. At the time he compared Jamaica to a “rotten egg that had broken and couldn't be put back together again.” He vowed never to return.

Enjoying a visit with friends at his home, “Island House,” on Hope Road in Kingston, Marley told me that he had misspoken and was glad to be back home. He said he looked forward to the two rival political factions in Jamaica making peace. He would bring thousands of concertgoers to their feet when he called then-prime minister Michael Manley and his political rival, Edward Seaga, to the stage to hold hands.

Marley was often referred to as Jamaica's only living national hero. He was a spiritual force. A man of mixed parentage, he epitomized the very word Jamaica, which means out of many people comes one.

In 1964, along with Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh, Marley helped create reggae out of a combination of ska — a local sound — and calypso. He formed Bob Marley and the Wailers, a group that went on to become internationally renowned.

At home on Hope Road, Marley sat relaxed, propped up against a wall in a straight-blocked chair. The smoke from home-grown ganja wafted through the sunroom. The walls were decorated with posters of Marley and Ethiopian emperor Hailie Selassie, who is revered as God by the Rastafarians. Rastas, who believe they descend from the 12th tribe of Israel, have no fear of death since there is no life in Babylon.

As the sunbeams flickered through the leaves of mango trees outside his window, Marley's eyelids were half closed, his head tilted. He appeared zonked, stone blind — but far from being out of it, he was meditating.

“All Rastas are at peace, man. I and I [we] work hard at it.” He dumped ash onto the hardwood floor, took a toke of “holy” smoke and held it until his eyes closed all the way. “Peace in Jamaica, man, the Rastas bring peace. I have found peace,” he said.

Those who were familiar enough with Marley to lounge under the mango trees around his house referred to him as Tuff Gong, which is also the name of his recording studio, located on the first floor of the house. Next to it, Marley sold postcards, T-shirts and a magazine, also called Tuff Gong.

This was a name given to him as a street kid in the Kingston ghetto called Trenchtown. The name had its roots in the Rastafarian philosophy to which Marley was exposed at an early age. The name is supposed to connote special abilities and mission in life.

Bob Marley was born Feb. 6, 1945, in northern Jamaica. He and his mother moved to the slums of Kingston when he was 8. As a high school student he studied welding, but quit school at 17 to become a musician. His music was a declaration of the tribulations brought upon the masses by the “system.” His Rastafarianism made him a dedicated herb smoker who believed marijuana cleaned the mind of folly and opened up the “Third Eye.”

Bob Marley was a deeply spiritual man who sometimes operated on a different plane from those he knew. Charismatic and insightful, his music employed simple lyrics to communicate the depth of his emotion. “It takes a revolution to make a solution,” was one of Marley's best-known lyrics. He also said: “It is better to die fighting for your freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.” But before an interview it was not unusual for Marley to fire up a giant spliff — then space out.

During one of these times, he began talking about nature and peace. “Earth creates lightening and thunder. Words, sound and power, man. Heat, air and water. The people should let the power generate them. No gun business can change that.”

Some claimed to understand him. Others tried to put what sounded like mumblings to music. Marley would simply smile and nod out. Sometimes it was explained that he was speaking in tongues taught to him by Leonard Howell — one of the original Rastas. Sometimes he was merely being — as he was affectionately known to friends — the “Gong Gong Gorilla.” But either way, Bob Marley was a guru to fellow Rastas, musicians and fans all over the world. He gave hope to people who had none.

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