How Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ became Holland’s top football club’s anthem

Francis Akhalbey February 19, 2019
Left Photo via | Right Photo: Ky-Mani Marley performing "Three little birds" at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Holland

You can hear the fans of the biggest club in the Netherlands, Ajax Amsterdam singing word for word one of the most popular songs by the reggae legend Bob Marley in their over fifty thousand capacity Johan Cruyff Arena during every home game.

“Rise up this morning
Smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying, “This is my message to you

Although it’s a well-known fact Bob Marley was both a passionate football fan and skillful player who played when he could make time, how did this song, which was on the Exodus album that was released in 1977 become an instant hit and an official anthem for a club based in the Netherlands?

According to Bleacher Report Football, it all began in 2008 when Ajax played an away game against Wales based Cardiff City F.C. The rest is history.

Take a look at the story below:

Take a look at Bob Marley’s son, Ky-Mani Marley performing “Three little birds” and “One love” at the Johan Cruyff Arena:

And by default, Ky-Mani is an Ajax fan!

Last Edited by:Victor Ativie Updated: March 20, 2020


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