What are the stories about Bob Marley

Oldie story | 01/28/2021 "No, Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley

Bob Marley is on a wave of success. In his native Jamaica he is the big star. In the Caribbean state, the reggae musician is almost adored. It's not just his musical message that spreads at lightning speed. His spiritual texts, all of which deal with the Rastafarian religion, make him an important figure to identify with.

But despite his popularity, Bob is completely down to earth. He still lives in Trenchtown, Kingston's slum area. And as so often, he sits with his friend Tata in the evening in his soup kitchen for the poor and philosophizes about God and the world. Suddenly a huge argument breaks out in the house next door. After a while a woman's crying can be heard in the courtyard of the soup kitchen. Bob and Tata are upset. You are totally sorry for the woman. As a consolation, they write a reggae ballad that finally makes Bob Marley an icon outside of Jamaica. "No, woman, no cry" becomes a world hit and the cornerstone of his extraordinary career.

The text…

... describes the situation that evening in the soup kitchen. The words were originally written in Jamaican Creole and were entitled "No, woman, nah cry", which translates as "No, woman, don't cry", ie "No, woman, don't cry" and not as is often assumed "No woman, no howl".

Cover versions ...

... there are dozens. The most successful comes from the Fugees. Their version landed at number 2 in the British charts in 1996.

And today?

Today "No, woman, no cry" is one of the most famous songs by Bob Marley. The Jamaican died after a short period of cancer in 1981 - at the age of only 36 years.