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For Bob Marley's 75th Birthday, Ziggy Marley Reflects On His Father's Legacy

Bob Marley, who still casts a large shadow on the reggae world 39 years after his death, would have turned 75 this week.
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Bob Marley, who still casts a large shadow on the reggae world 39 years after his death, would have turned 75 this week.

It can be hard to reconcile Bob Marley's massive and ongoing influence with the fact that the genre-defining reggae artist was just 36 when he died of cancer in 1981. Marley would have turned 75 this Thursday; to this day, his music accounts for nearly a quarter of the reggae listened to in the United States.

To celebrate Marley's 75th birthday, his estate is launching a year of events and releases, including concerts featuring Marley's sons, Ziggy and Stephen, new music videos and reissues. NPR's Scott Simon talked to Ziggy Marley about his own memories of his father and his music

Ziggy was 12 years old when his father died, and he says he most of all remembers his father as a generous person. "He's a loving man; I think that is the most important thing," he says.

True to the Marley tradition, Ziggy says that the classic Bob Marley message of peace, love and happiness still has a place in an often bleak world.

"The majority of people are good people, are peaceful people," Marley says. "But we're just not loud, we're just not on the TV, we're not in the news — it's just the people making war in the news."

Listen to their full conversation in the player above.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.
Ian (pronounced "yahn") Stewart is a producer and editor for Weekend Edition and Up First.