Bob Marley Was a Devout Christian Who ‘Always Carried a Bible’, Photographer Reveals

Bob Marley, the world’s most renowned reggae artist, was more than just a musical icon, according to his personal photographer.

Kate Simon, who accompanied Marley on his 1977 European tour, has revealed Marley was also a man of faith as he was deeply religious and always carried a Bible with him.

Also known as the “King of Roots Reggae”, Jamaican-born Marley often infused his famous ballads with a blend of political ideals and a profound awareness rooted in Judeo-Christian-Rastafarian spirituality.

Abuna Yesehaq, the late archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the Western Hemisphere, said Marley was even baptised one a year before he died in 1981.

Bob Marley, pictured reading, was a devout Christian, according to his personal photographer. Credit: supplied.
Bob Marley, pictured reading, was a devout Christian who always carried a Bible, according to his personal photographer. Credit: supplied.

As Tuesday marked what would have been the late singer’s 79th birthday, Simon reminisced about their shared experiences, highlighting instances on the tour bus where he engaged in deep reflection.

“On the tour bus, he’d be really reflective,” Simon told People, noting that he preferred to sit alone on the bus, either strumming his guitar or reading his Bible.

“Even in the airports, he read the Bible. He had a little travel Bible that he brought with him everywhere. I have pictures of him reading it.”

Simon, whose collection of Marley’s photographs, Rebel Music: Bob Marley & Roots Reggae, was recently re-released, attributes Marley’s enduring popularity to his profound spirituality.

She reflected on his intelligence, noting how his music resonates with universal themes of interdependence, humanity, love, and social justice, making him not just a musician but a true educator.

In addition to his spiritual depth, Marley was known for his unwavering discipline. Always punctual for tour bus departures and soundchecks, he approached his music with a seriousness that commanded respect from those around him.

Despite his serious demeanor, Simon recalls Marley’s unparalleled charisma, likening his charm to that of a beloved sibling.

Marley was known as the "King of Roots Reggae". Credit: Photograph by David Burnett / Contact Press Images.
Marley was known as the “King of Roots Reggae”. Credit: Photograph by David Burnett / Contact Press Images.

Marley’s magnetic personality drew people to him, leaving a lasting impression on all who encountered him.

Marley’s life story will be immortalised in the upcoming biopic Bob Marley: One Love, set for release on February 14, starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the reggae legend.

Though Marley passed away from acral lentiginous melanoma in 1981 at the age of 36, his legacy continues to inspire and resonate with audiences worldwide.

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