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Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter, musician and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim, blending mostly reggae, ska and rocksteady in his compositions.
Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Reggae music is synonymous to Jamaica but it has been accepted across the globe and is now one of the most popular genre of music. Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Prince Buster are notable contributors to the popularity and success of this genre.