Born Robert Nesta Marley in Jamaica in 1945, Bob Marley began his career in The Wailers in 1963 before an assassination attempt almost cost him his life.
On what would have been the reggae legend’s 74th birthday – 6 February – JAT takes a look at some of Marley’s most inspirational, uplifting, and important quotes…
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.”
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
“The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love.”
“The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.”
“Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living.”
“You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”
“The day you stop racing. is the day you win the race.”
“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.”
The best things to buy in Jamaica
Blue Mountain coffee
Considered one of the most expensive coffees in the world, Jamaican coffee is grown on the mist capped Blue Mountain, Jamaica’s highest mountain standing at 7,402 feet. Blue Mountain coffee has been grown in Jamaica since 1728 when coffee was first introduced to the island.
This smooth Arabica coffee is sweet-toned, easily enjoyed without additives, naturally alkaline and contains vitamins and nutrients making it beneficial for daily consumption.
Unlike the majority of the island, the Blue Mountain experiences its own micro-climate of significantly cooler temperatures and trustworthy afternoon rain, the ideal ingredients for ruby red coffee blossoms to grow.
It’s the beer that thrives on positive vibes and reggae jives. With a rich history dating back to 1928, the born and brewed Jamaican lager has earned a loyal following around the world for its quality, taste and signature stubby bottle.
Heineken acquired Red Stripe in 2015 and returned its export operations back to its roots in Jamaica – renewing the brand’s authenticity as a truly Jamaican product.
Reggae is Jamaica’s most internationally recognised music and the heartbeat of the people. It is synonymous with both hardship and a good time, both the endurance of and the celebration of overcoming a struggle. The feel-good experience of reggae music blaring from sound system speakers is had both at the local corner store and a major reggae festival. Closely linked with the Rastafarian religion, reggae invokes a sense of upliftment and an appreciation of life in all its forms.
JAT tip: purchase a CD or three to take home to keep you feeling good.
Wray & Nephew white rum
Established in Kingston, Jamaica ,in 1825, Wray & Nephew white rum has been one of the island’s most beloved spirits ever since.
Wray & Nephew is used to christen new family members, sprinkled on the foundation of a newly built home to ward off duppies (spirits), and also plays a prominent role in the dead yard, a nine-day wake/party to celebrate the life of a deceased loved one.
One caveat: white rum is ridiculously strong, so be sure to sip it slowly.
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