This text initially appeared on Surfer.com and was republished with permission.
Had it not been for an (largely) untreated most cancers, Robert “Nesta” Marley could be 75 right this moment. Although his untimely loss of life little doubt accelerated his fame globally, Bob Marley’s music is especially cherished in coastal areas, owing one thing to the artist’s mystical musings concerning the pure world and the style of music through which he labored.
Certainly, reggae–which grew out of rocksteady and ska, musical types that mixed parts of American types like jazz and blues with Caribbean mento–originated in Marley’s house nation, the island nation of Jamaica; and the musical type’s heavy emphasis on drums and bass, and particularly its laidback lyrical supply is uniquely able to drawing up imagery of sandy seashores and cobalt water.
Whereas Marley has turn out to be a world cult determine for his contributions to reggae’s international diaspora, nowhere is he extra cherished than among the many tight-knit group of surfers and skaters in Bull Bay, a small and exceedingly surf-y neighborhood eight miles from Kingston, the place the artists laying down tracks on the famed Studio One, together with the Skatalites, the Heptones, the Ethiopians and Bob Marley and the Wailers, would flip reggae into a worldwide phenomenon.
A brand new quick doc that includes lots of the standout surfers from Bull Bay, together with the Wilmot household, celebrates the distinctive surf neighborhood that’s emerged in Bull Bay–one which’s much less influenced by Gidget and extra by Tuff Gong.
In “Journey Natty Journey” we learn the way reggae’s off-time rhythms information the traces that the area’s surfers draw on waves, in addition to how Marley was a frequent customer to Bull Bay, usually stopping into refresh earlier than disembarking to convey his music to the lots. It’s a beautiful movie and one which provides some vital cultural context (and heft) to a extensively beloved artist and surf neighborhood.
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