Nesta Robert Marley was the son of a Jamaican woman and a white man. Living a hard life in post-independence Jamaica which was riddled with poverty, for the most part, he turned to music and spirituality to get respite.
While with his band the Wailers, he developed a distinct trebly voice that became the signature of reggae and soul music later on. After disbanding the Wailers, he continued on a solo endeavor, which would make him one of the most distinguished musical voices of his generation.
The 2015 Booker Prize winner A Brief History of Seven Killings focusses on the seven assassination attempts at his life. His entire ethos was so deep and profound, despite his associations with overuse of marijuana, that he has gone down in pop history as someone who spread the love.