In the late 1960s there was a new music genre born: reggae. Reggae contains some of the musical elements of blues and jazz. An instrument that is often used in reggae music is the bass guitar. The bass guitar usually plays on the offbeat of the rhythm. The lyrics of reggae music are often filled with social criticism and religion. A great example is Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. This song urges listeners to "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery," because "None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley is the greatest Reggae artist that has ever lived. He started his career in 1963 with the group The Wailers. After he and the band split up in 1974, he pursued a solo career. Bob Marley was one of the most successive artist of that time. Bob Marley was born on 6 February 1945 and was for some years a member of the Rastafari movement. The Rastafari movement was a key element in the development of reggae music. Unfortunately Bob Marley died way too early. In 1977 there was found a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe. Bob Marley turned down his doctors’ advice to have his toe amputated. This decision of Bob Marley was based on his religious beliefs. Unfortunately the melanoma spread to his lungs and brain and in 1981 Bob Marley died at an age of only 36 years. But fortunately reggae music did not die with the death of Bob Marley. Other great reggae band such as UB40 kept the legacy of Bob Marley alive. UB40 is a British reggae band formed in 1978. The band produced some great hits such as Kingston Town and Sing Our Own Song. The greatest reggae hits are still widely broadcasted but there are also radio stations that only broadcast purely reggae music!
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