The figure of Bob Marley embodies political repression, artistic ideas, the criminal war and all the mystical things that happen. His audience continues to grow: Western students love it for the fact that all of what he was singing about in Babylon is now pops out and it becomes apparent to many. His influence among the audience of the third world goes much further, and it is happening not only among Jamaicans, but also among the Hopi Indians of New Mexico and the Maori of New Zealand, Indonesia and India. His music has particular influence in the areas of West Africa, where there are people who have traveled to America and returned.
A tiny country of the third world, Jamaica, had established such an artist who comes from all classes, categories and beliefs based on his humility and deep wisdom. Bob Marley is still, according to many, the most important musical artist of the 20th century. Bob gave the world brilliant music that remains in the hearts of people forever. His songs are more than three decades old, and yet they are timeless and are universal. Bob Marley and The Wailers came up with a path that goes straight to people’s hearts.
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez is an American folk musician, composer and poet. He released only two albums that became extremely popular, both spiritually and politically influential, and cult in a number of Southern African countries. During the period of apartheid in South Africa, he was among the liberal-oriented part of the South Africans, although it was mistakenly announced to the South African public that he tragically died.
In 1997, after the fall of apartheid, two Rodriguez’s fans in South Africa decided to start an investigation and find out what really happened to Rodriguez. They managed to find a musician, who most of his life was repairing constructions and demolished old buildings. This has led to an unexpected revival of a musical career of Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.
The ability to unite personal experiences with broad problems allowed Marley create a sub-culture and improve relations between rival fractions, and that what allowed Rodriguez to inspire young people in South Africa during apartheid. Marley and Rodriguez questioned the communities around them and called for a social change.
Rodriguez’s music was based on the issues in Detroit and was spread to South Africa, while Marley’s music was based on local issues and was brought to an international scale. Both musicians broke social norms and symbolic boundaries; their success is not about the luck, but about a range of sociological units that can be united as a whole.
The figure of Bob Marley embodies political repression, artistic ideas, the criminal war and all the mystical things that happen. His audience continues to grow: Western students love it for the fact that all of what he was singing about in Babylon is now pops out and it becomes apparent to many.