Wednesday, October 7, 2015
There's no person that has done more to promote Jamaica and her culture than Robert Nesta Marley. My exploration of Kingston and Port Antonio involved many standout experiences but I have to start with the island's most famous son. The Kingston house that Bob lived in during the height of his career has been transformed into a museum. It holds his recording studio, gold and platinum records,original bedroom and an eerie hologram image.
Photos aren't allowed inside but there's more than enough to document outside. The bronze statue of Bob stands atop of a painting of his "three little birds" the I-Threes backing group that consisted of Judy Mowatt, Bob's wife Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths. On the side of the structure are paintings of significant Rastafari figures: Haile Selassie who represents God and Marcus Garvey, the Jamaica born cultural activist.
Lions representing Selassie's lion of Judah flank both sides of the statue. There were several more outside images that are important to Bob's legacy and I'll share them in the second part of this post.