Happy birthday, Bob Marley

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Bob Marley. Photo by David Burnett.

Happy birthday to the late Bob Marley, who would have been celebrating his 69th birthday today.

If you haven’t seen the amazing Marley film by Kevin MacDonald, it’s streaming on Netflix and it’s definitely worth your time.

Also, Rob Ford, the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, has declared today as Bob Marley Day. His office released this statement:

WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace.

His early career began with friends, the legendary Wailers, “Bob Marley and the Wailers.” His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.

Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite. Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2014 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.

He’s a fan.