Every year on February 6th, music fans celebrate the birthday and life of reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley. Most well-known as simply just Bob, the lyrical genius would have turned 75 years old this year. Growing up in the poverty stricken government housing of Trench Town, Bob would later influence the world as we know it spreading a message of peace, love, and social justice. Within his short lifetime, he popularized reggae music, rastafarianism, and cannabis use and advocated for social reform in his home country of Jamaica. Bob Marley ultimately became an icon and hero for each of these causes even after his death. Bob sang from the heart about his real life experiences and dreams for the future, which connected with so many listeners. It’s no wonder that his music continues to live on well beyond his passing.
While some parts of the world are celebrating Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year, February is all about reggae music in Jamaica. The annual month-long festivity celebrates the island’s musical history and culture, while specifically highlighting Bob Marley and Dennis Brown who were both born in this month. Around 40,000 music fans from across the globe flock to Kingston for Reggae Month’s jam packed calendar of events, concerts, lectures, and special activities. Highlights of the celebration include:
Aside from his music, one of the first things people think of when mentioning Bob Marley is weed. Though he only smoked for religious purposes, one of his most famous records and arguably the greatest reggae album of all time, Catch a Fire, features him front and center with a giant spliff, helping to popularize marijuana. Looking to dip your toes in the world of Jamaican ganja? Give these cannabis strains a try:
Whether it’s “Three Little Birds” or “Is This Love”, everyone has their favorite Bob Marley songs that they can recite all the lyrics to. Music just sounds so much better when you’re blazed, so turn up the volume, light up a fat one, and kick back with some mellow tunes and inspiring lyrics.
Stream the Reggae Classics playlist for all the timeless hits or start personalizing your own ultimate smoking playlist with these essential Bob Marley songs:
During his live concerts, Bob put on a great show that must have been magical to be a part of. For an extra special experience, choose from one of the many Bob Marley YouTube videos live in concert so you can feel like you’re right there in the front row.
If you’re in need of some smoking accessories and want to show off your love for reggae, these are for you:
Bob Marley Rolling Papers
Yes, the Bob Marley name is now on everything from headphones to drinks, but nothing seems more fitting than his very own line of eco-friendly rolling papers. These unbleached hemp papers are completely organic and come in either king size or 1 ¼.
Rasta Rolling Bundle
This exclusive bundle is great for beginners to rolling and also those that have perfected the art and want a new reggae inspired set of accessories. Complete with hemp wraps, rolling papers, a mini rolling tray, 4-piece grinder, and the Stoner On The Go Kit, the Rasta Rolling Bundle ensures that every little thing is gonna be alright. The one hitter fits in a discreet metal tin and is perfect for sneaky tokes anywhere you please. It comes with a mini grinder, five pipe screens, and an ultra-portable one hitter to match.
Reggae music began as a way to give a voice to underrepresented groups in Jamaica and is now appreciated internationally thanks to Bob’s powerful messages. Happy Bob Marley Day!
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