Language Redemption: Bob Marley in Translation

  • Rosanna Masiola
  • Renato Tomei


The Jamaican language, once stigmatized as unspeakable, has been acquiring international relevance, in particular through reggae music. The question furthers the issues of localization and loss in translation. It sheds light on aspects of Bob Marley’s biblical language and translatability as it problematizes the language of Rastafarians and its exportation to Europe. At the time of Marley’s concert in Italy, translations were inadequate and even today there are questions about how much the texts are translatable and how have things changed for Rastafarians and reggae in the era of the internet and digital globalization.


Music Translation Jamaica Italy Bob Marley Reggae 


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  • Rosanna Masiola
    • 1
  • Renato Tomei
    • 1
  1. 1.University for ForeignersPerugiaItaly

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