Raquel Lewis Powell
Personal Essay #2
HUM 104-Music for Children.
“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever “, famous words of Robert Nestor Marley internationally known as Bob Marley and he was one hundred percent accurate, his music lives on and will continue to live on.
My chosen piece is a song titled “No Woman No Cry” written by Bob Marley himself, but he gave credits to an old friend Vincent Ford, who was Bob’s helping hand in his time of need. By giving Ford credit, he made sure his best friend got his royalty checks so he could support his family.
Bob Marley is responsible for putting reggae music and Jamaica on the map and made it a memorable place for tourist, thus generating foreign income from all over the globe which led to an improvement in the Jamaican economy. Jamaicans did not appreciate Bob and his music until people as far as Germany, Egypt, South and North America started to visit Jamaica just because of his music.
This song became Marley’s first hit when it was released as a single from his album, Live which was recorded at the Lyceum in London in 1975. The original line of the song is “No, Woman, Nuh cry.” Nuh is Jamaican for “don’t,” so what is meant by the lyric is No, Woman, Don’t cry… Which denotes that he’s leaving and reassuring her that the slum they live in won’t get her down, that everything will be alright and “don’t shed no tear.”
Bob Marley was a hero figure, in the classic mythological sense. His departure from this planet came at a point when his vision of One World, One Love - inspired by his belief in Rastafari - was beginning to be heard and felt. The last Bob Marley and the Wailers tour in 1980 attracted the largest audiences at that time for any musical act in Europe.Bob's story is that of an original, which is why ...
I chose this piece because I can relate. My mother and I and one point in our lives, resided about four miles from where this song and its creator was born, Trench Town, Jamaica. During the 90’s violence was at its peak in that area of Jamaica and many women could relate to this song in many ways. Many of the women of that time were single mothers who sacrificed and worked hard for their children. Particularly worried about their male children, who were usually high school drop outs and died at a very young age, the women would do everything to make sure their sons stay in school and pursue a better life to rescue the family from living in the ghetto.
Women in that particular area could relate to this song, whether it was their son going to school giving them the reassurance that one day they will become something meaningful and move their mothers out of the slum, or it was a woman crying for her son that was slain by either gunmen or police officers while another son consoles her broken heart.
The song, has since been covered by many other famous artiste such as Linkin Park during their Thousand Suns Tour, the rap band Sweet Box, Naughty by Nature, Colbie Caillat, Bill Bourne, Matisyahu, Matt Maher, Graham Parker, The Ukrainian reggae band 5nizza and Russian rock band Chaif covered the song at many of their live performances and was also performed as a duet by Faith Hill with Tim McGraw, Sean Kingston, and the Arabic singer Ali Bahar. The song can also be heard at the beginning of The Messanger in Tel Aviv, Israel just to name a few. Many artistes, today has never gotten these privileges and respect that Bob Marley got where his music was concerned, and for that I respect him as a talented musician and as a black man from the slums of Jamaica, who took reggae music to great heights.