How Bob Marley and other famous immigrants left an indelible mark in the U.S.

Ama Nunoo December 18, 2019
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Bob Marley, Jamaica

He was born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica and in 1966 his Jamaican roots were cemented in the US after he moved to Wilmington, Delaware briefly to be close to his mother.

He discovered a profound interest in Rastafarianism when he moved back to Jamaica. Many attribute this sudden interest to his mother.

He grew his dreadlocks, his signature look, and moved to London but toured the US and London after his recording contract with Island Records in 1972.

He never had a permanent residence in the US, but discovered he had cancer in his toe while on tour there which spread like wildfire through his body.

At age 36, he passed away in Miami in 1981. Though his promising career was truncated early by cancer, his legacy remains around the world. His influence in American music history is undeniable.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: December 18, 2019


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