Losing a parent is never easy, but there’s something especially bittersweet when the entire world is there to mourn with you. An absolute legend left us way too soon in 1981, and nearly 40 years after his death, Bob Marley is still a household name. At the age of just 36 years old, Marley died from a melanoma that spread to his brain and lungs. Over the last four decades, Bob Marley’s music has endured not only because of his incredible talent but because his music became a symbol of hope and peace.
Bob Marley’s messages are still relevant today, perhaps now more than ever – lyrics like “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; Wisdom is better than silver and gold” remind us that the most important things in life aren’t tangible. Marley encouraged us to “wake up and live,” and to “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights,” which so many are still fighting for today. Bob Marley’s music lives on – in part because of his eternally-relevant messages of unity and love, in part because of how deeply he inspired future generations of musicians, and in part because of his children.
On July 16th, Bob Marley’s son Ziggy took to Facebook Live to commemorate his dad during what would have been the year of his 75th birthday. Ziggy Marley streamed directly from his dad’s Facebook page, performing a tribute set of his father’s songs. “Get Up, Stand Up,” “One Love,” and “Redemption Song” were among the many Ziggy performed in his uplifting hour-long live stream. Now 51, Ziggy is 15 years older than his father was when he passed away – but he isn’t letting the reggae legend’s memory fade.
Before the video was removed from Facebook, it dominated Billboard’s chart of the Top Facebook Live Videos for July 2020. According to Shareablee, the live concert accumulated over 99,000 reactions and 9.4 million views in the first week, proving just how much Ziggy Marley’s performance resonated with fans around the world.
On July 27th, Ziggy posted the tribute concert to his YouTube page, and the video already has over 200,000 views. The beauty of Ziggy carrying on his father’s legacy matches the beauty of the music itself. As Bob Marley so wisely said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”