The years can’t lessen Marley’s mystique, fame

The years can’t lessen Marley’s mystique, fame

Nearly 25 years after his death, reggae legend Bob Marley continues to fascinate people. Thursday, a Miami International Film Festival documentary celebrates his legacy.

In the unspoiled countryside where the remains of Jamaica’s most famous son lie inside a marble crypt, children’s voices wail the words of Bob Marley’s legendary lyrics as curious visitors search for the secret to his prophetic wisdom.

Marley, the legendary reggae maestro who died of cancer in Miami 25 years ago, continues to be bigger in death than in life. That is true both in Jamaica, where his birthplace has become a shrine, and in his adopted home of Miami, where his mother and most of his 11 children still live. He is the subject of lectures and books, festivals and films — there is even a Marley-themed store on South Beach.

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