Bob Marley’s message of peace and love continues to make a lasting impact on the world even among our leaders.
Legendary reggae singer Bob Marley was known for his efforts to bring peace to the world, as he hoped to show his fans around the world what he believed was a better way of life. One of the most iconic moments of the reggae star was when he joined hands with political rivals Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP).
This moment came at the revered One Love Concert held on April 22, 1978 at Kingston National Stadium, Jamaica, which was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between the opposing parties Jamaica Labor Party and the National Party. of the People.
More than four decades later and its message is still true and is still being used by some in power to try to promote peace. One of his best-known songs, “So Much Trouble in the World,” was used last Friday, June 10, by the charismatic Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, who quoted the late reggae legend as saying: ” There are so many problems in the world. “
He was speaking at the Ninth Summit of the Americas, June 6-10. The conference was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA., with the motto, “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable System.” future. ” Leaders from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean met to address instability issues in different regions.
Although Mia Mottley admitted that she was not a follower of Bob Marley’s lifestyle, she explained that she used the song because her music is a constant reminder of the day-to-day reality of “our people and our our citizens “.
It’s not the first time Mottley has used Bob Marley’s witty lyrics to convey his point on the political stage. In September 2021, he used some of the lyrics to “Get Up, Stand Up” in his UN speech while calling on the organization to be too slow in delivering programs to help the underprivileged in the Caribbean.
During last weekend’s speech, he opened passionately: “Bless my eyes this morning, Jah Sun is coming out again. As things go on earth, anything can happen. Mr. Secretary, there are so many problems in the world, Excellencies , there are so many problems in the world, heads of government, there are so many problems in the world, heads of state, there are so many problems in the world. ”
He asked the assembly how many more tests they needed to start working towards peace and help provide stability to the region. He continued with Marley’s lyrics as he quoted him again saying that the men were sailing on their ego journey and taking off into their spaceship because “They don’t care. I don’t care.”
Mottley added that while music can induce dancing at the summit, its goal was to ensure that leaders unite with the Caribbean region in the heart of action that must happen to the people. .
The Summit of the Americas, led by US President Joe Biden, is another of its attempts to improve economic ties and cooperation on migration.
Another Marley enthusiast, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who chaired the session, joined in with an impromptu potpourri of Bob Marley lyrics, including songs like “No Woman, No Cry,” before “Don’t shed no tears. Let’s act. We can sing a song of redemption together.”