Well he is here in the Caribbean! This legends great music is in your face constantly all over Costa Rica. But do you know also why this main man is a legend?For most people all over the world, he's known as a freedom fighter, king, legend, god and hero! For the folks who recognise the great late Robert Nasta Marley as their hero, will know that what he tried to do for Jamaican politics and the world! Marley's political interest grew and reflected itself more and more on his music. This reflected a median resistance and challenge to the system of neo-colonialism. Marley did not mimic the master at the core of the plantation culture rather he sought to create a separate identity for blacks.
The reason why Bob Marley's band was hiding, is because, two days before the concert, Marley, his wife and Don Taylor were shot by an unknown gunman inside Marley's home. They were all wounded and later made full recoveries. The shooting was thought to have been politically motivated, as many felt the concert was really a support rally for Manley. Marley was wounded in the chest and arm, but still continued with the planned concert. When asked why continue? 'The people who are trying to make this world worse aren't taking a day off. How can I!?
Tell me, how many stars do you know that would go on stage after being shot, knowing that it could happen again? If this is what smoking weed did to Bob Marley, then perhaps all of us should try it?
So next time you hear this reggae star on the radio, just think what he tried to do for peace in Jamaica.
Bob Marley bringing the two leaders together in the hope of peace on the streets of Jamaica
On the streets of Cahuta on the south east Caribbean coast and that's where I am now, you are likely to encounter someone shouting 'Hey brother, da yeah whats marijuana?' The best thing to do is stay clear and drift slowly away in the other direction. In Costa Rica you've got to be careful what your doing, especially in this area. I've been told that people here will stab or kill to get hold of my optical equipment. Just outside Limon, I stopped for a look around on the side of the road. A couple pulled over and told me to get out of here! 'Go! Go!' In their best English. I had just made it to the car when this black guy in car shouted at me 'What you doing here bro? Dona yeah know? Thief's up and down this road man, waiting for fools like you!' I got the message and was out of there. Back in Cahuta and I went to see an awesome band at the Reggae Bar' Here you can catch a whiff of marijuana from joints being smoked all over the shop. It should be called the 'Stoned Bar' because that the way the folks come across. Even the dogs look stoned! Everyone's high and having a good time and there's no harm done.
I'm staying at a hostel and a 5 minute walk from here and your in Cahuta National Park. On crossing over a creek to the entrance of the park, there were single Tricoloured, Green, Little Blue Heron and 4 Boat-billed Night Heron Heron, including a female on a nest, and 2 Caiman. Following the creek I came across male White-collard Manakins and shortly afterwards, male Chestnut-backed Antbird in the forest. Also there were Ovenbird, Wood Thrush and Northern Waterthrush. All three species have been blowing across the Atlantic and ended up at home on Scilly! The canopy of the forest held, Keel-billed Toucan, Fiery-billed Aracari and Montezuma Oropendola. I joined the main path and in a three hour period that I was there, I got 2 Yellow Vipers, 1 Vine Snake, 5 Racoons, Howler and White-cheeked Monkey, 5 species of lizards and in a line on a branch, 5 bats of some kind?
small town Cahuta
Both Green Iguana and Iguanas were widespread in the park as was male Emerald Basilick Lizards. In town a fella shouted 'Maijuana?' I shouted back 'Thanks, but I've had lots of Iguanas in the park' He looked at me in a strange way.
Green and Tricoloured Heron and 2 Caiman were sharing the creek together
2 male White-collard Manakin were located by there loud electric type snap sound
This Ovenbird didn't show as well as the indervidual that graced Scilly in October '04
Up to 2 Yellow Vipers and a single Vine Snake were spotted in the park
I've played music from his two sons 'Ziggy and Stephen' on the blog in the past, but never the main man himself. That's because everyone knows his amazing music. Here is the clip of the two political leaders holding hands above Marley. At the same time he says 'Love, prosperity, one and for all in front of the 80,000 rastafarian's who were watching this historical event happen through their clouds of marijuana. However, the peace never lasted and nothing changed.